Wiz Khalifa x VIBE Magazine

I think this last show really won a lot of music critics over in the Big Apple.
[Laughs] Yup, New York, man. I think wherever you go, when people hear good music, they will react to it. All I try to do is go onstage and have fun and be myself. I want everyone else to just let go. There wasn’t really anything that made New York feel different. They smoke just as much weed, know all the words, and go just as loud. My fans all react crazy out here, just the same. I think it’s more of a Taylor thing, than a regional thing. Being that it was in such a critical city, it was good for other people who dont believe to see that.

Was forming the Taylor Gang movement always the plan?
I always hoped that I would get to this level and have these kinds of fans, and as I got older and learned more about the business, marketing, and branding, I saw that I could do my own thing. I was always a part of other artists’ cult followings when I was younger. I was a big Bone Thugs, Wu-Tang fan. I was into it but I didn’t understand how I could develop my own movement.

I just talked to Yelawolf who was saying how there was a number of times where he was booed while opening up for you. Why do you think that happened to him?
Yela is just a talented dude. I wanted to have him on the tour because he’s so homegrown and grassroots. We got the same goals. I believe in him. I know some of the cities were rough but his heart is so huge that he made it work. Later on down the road when he’s a superstar, he can laugh about it. It’s just building character.

Are you planning on dropping another mixtape before the album?
I’m working on a bunch of material. Some of it, I’m just going to throw out there for free. I’m doing a bunch of collabos and features at the moment. Maybe a mixtape. I’m looking at the album coming out in March or April of next year. I can’t give you the title yet but you know what to expect from me.

What has been your favorite collabo thus far?
Definitely, it was working with Juicy J and Snoop. I did something with the Doggfather for his album. But people don’t know I’m a huge Juicy J fan, I grew up on Three 6 Mafia. I look at them the same way I look at Snoop. We actually got another record that we haven’t released yet.

You and Snoop are a-likes. How big of an influence has he been on your music?
Hearing Doggystyle for the first time was really important. I was living in Georgia at the time with my Mom. I was too young to even be listening to it but she had a ghetto homegirl who used to blast it in her truck when she would give me rides. I remember it sounded so bad like people getting their heads cut off and the blood squirting out. [laughs] That’s just the vision it gave me. But I was so into it. My favorite song now is probably “G’z Up, Hoes Down”. But back then you know “Gin & Juice” was like the single of the decade.

You have a big single of your own climbing up the charts with 'Black & Yellow', there have been rumors that the Steelers reached out to use it at games. True?
Yea, they are. I haven’t been talking to them personally but it would only be right. They’ve been talking to my management about it for sure.

It’s probably your most successful song to date. But, really it sounds more like one of the joints that you just had fun with.
Yea, that’s vibe, man. When we were done with it, the producers Stargate were really happy with it. And from they’re reputation alone, it made me think twice about it. I took it to the label and everybody was clapping by the end of the meeting. People can’t box my sound in anymore.

How do you feel about the whole ‘weed rap’ labeling?
It’s cool because people are always going to label you as something. And before this year, it really wasn’t that genre of "stoner rap" at the forefront or whatever, but I’ll just use it as motivation to build on and change people’s opinions of me. Even with whatever people want to label me with, there are so many other sides to me.


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