This period of Wiz Khalifa known as “OG status.” With greater than 15 years below his belt, the diamond-selling rapper has seen and executed all of it. A strong catalog of seven albums means loads of alternatives to evolve whereas sharing his experiences on wax. The music Wiz releases today is a breath of recent air, and his new summer-ready album, Multiverse, out at the moment, is a mirrored image of that.
The 17-track effort has been within the works for the final 5 years. All through that point, Wiz challenged himself to attempt new issues and excellent the strategy of how he approaches making music. “I kinda just went with the flow, man, and just let the DNA of the album form itself. I didn’t fight it. It’s always been a goal of mine to do something that stands out and something that is more musical,” he says talking with XXL earlier this week.
To emphasise that concept, Wiz utilized the firepower of a reside band for a majority of the mission. The manufacturing, which can be delivered to life by notable beat maestros like Hitmaka and Bankroll Obtained It, is groovy and plush. Take for instance, the heavy presence of devices just like the saxophone that run by a number of tracks or the soulful harmonies that present an enormous sense of heat as Wiz dabbles between each rapping and singing. Wiz reveals that these methods have been intentional for a youthful crop of listeners.
“It just reminds people of different musical experiences,” he says. “Right now, we’re kind of in a box just because the younger generation, they haven’t really experienced the things that we went through, you know what I mean? So, it’s like, to give them that option so they can feel it and know what it feels like. That’s not to say that anything is right or wrong or better or worse, but it’s just to give you that experience and involve you into it, and to give you a chance to get that on a heightened level.”
Elsewhere within the interview, Wiz displays on having among the finest rap imprints of the 2010s in Taylor Gang, amongst others he grew to understand like Rick Ross’ Maybach Music Group and the Joey Bada$$-led Professional Period. Talking on his storied collective, the Pittsburgh-bred rapper salutes everybody who contributed to their sound on the time, including, “It’s a lifestyle. And to really be gang like that, you gotta live that shit. So, there’s a lot of key points that happened back then and just made everything what it is.”
Wiz additionally offers respect to his frequent collaborator Juicy J. Earlier this yr, the 2 labored collectively for an early 2022 mission of bangers known as Stoner’s Night time, which has but to depart the rotation of many followers. “That’s my OG and I just felt so proud for him to be able to rep the gang and call us gang. And us being able to rep Mafia. That was just a big moment for me,” Wiz displays. He additionally highlights Ty Dolla $ign, one-half of their 2015 collab, Speak About It In The Morning, and his respective rise to turning into a sleeping big through the years. “I have so much love and appreciation. And I had so much faith in him just being such a huge superstar.”
Afterward within the dialog, the revered rhymer speaks about turning into a businessman who has endeavors within the hashish (Khalifa Kush), mushroom (Mistercaps) and meals companies (Packed Bowls by Wiz Khalifa), amongst many others. When requested about who evokes him in that regard, he names nothing however leisure G.O.A.T.s similar to Jay-Z, Grasp P, Kevin Hart, Dave Chappelle, 50 Cent and extra. “These are people who do what the fuck they want to do,” he rationalizes. “They own their shit. They move when they wanna move. And they don’t really show too much. They be on point… I look up to those dudes and how serious they take their business.”
With his new project, Multiverse, out now, and a co-headlining tour with Logic currently on the road, Wiz checks in with XXL to discuss feeding the streets with new music, the current era of his career, his growth as an entrepreneur and more. Peep the interview below.
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