August 22, 2012


Exclusive: Wiz Khalifa Defends "ONIFC" Album Art

We caught up with Wiz Khalifa at the Rock the Bells festival in San Bernardino, California. The "Black and Yellow" rapper told us about his rapper recruitment process, his controversial album art, and his mom's substance of choice.

On using his rap powers to recruit Drake and Lil’ Wayne for the "Work Hard, Play Hard" remix: "I've been cool with Drake for a couple of years on the talking level. So I just called him and was like, 'Yo, cool, just send it through.' With Wayne, I had met Wayne a couple of years back but we never really established a relationship. I was like, 'This could be the perfect time to do this.' Wayne just looked out and sent it through super fast. The way the whole thing went down, it made me feel super loved"

On the controversial album artwork for "ONFIC:"  "It’s just different, so it’s easy to jump on the easy side but it’s hard to jump on the right side and be like, 'It is what it is.' But at the end of the day, it’s me. So anybody’s feelings, it doesn’t really concern me. I did that for the culture, for what I see myself as and what people need. At the end of the day, we have to take control and inspire and motivate. Make people jump on the same boat with us."

On smoking weed with his mom: "My mom smokes weed, though. Yeah, that’s my mom.  My mom is dope. We share everything. We watch the same movies, listen to the same music. Just her style and her spirit of just being wild and being herself, that’s what transferred into me. I’m able to give that to the world. It starts there. The weed is just extra."