One week out and O.N.I.F.C
is the only thing buzzing on the charts. Anticipated to turnout big numbers like Rolling Papers
, Wiz Khalifa is on an all-time high right now with a new album out and nabbed several Grammy nominations at this year’s Grammy awards. Wiz Khalifa sat down with Hip-Hop magazine XXL last week and chopped it up on a few things going on with him and his circle of Taylors. Below see what Wiz Khalifa has to say about becoming a first time father, nominated for music’s highest honors, and a recent video shoot that Wiz was on where the star never even showed up.
Interview by XXL’s Eric Diep
You were nominated for two Grammy Awards. How does that feel?
I’m really excited. It’s just cool to make music that I really enjoy and I love doing and get recognized for it. So it’s cool. It’s fun. I’m definitely excited. It’s always a big deal when the Grammys come knocking.
What’s the response to O.N.I.F.C. been like?
I love the response. I feel like people are accepting it for what it is. I haven’t heard anybody say [something] that I thought like, “Ah, man. They are completely off.” Everything is pretty accurate.
Your critics have often focused on the marijuana aspect of your music, but you’ve defended O.N.I.F.C. as a “mood album.”
Those same people who say that, those are the same people who listen to Kush & Orange Juice and my mixtapes and my previous things, like, “Oh, when I listen to Wiz, I feel high.” You know what I am saying? So I’ll never try to take that “Nameless” out of it versus, like, “Leave Me Alone.” That’s what attracts people to the music. Whether they respect [it] more or less, that’s why they started listening to it. They got what they wanted.
Is the Taylor Gang compilation still on the way?
That’s still on schedule [after O.N.I.F.C.]. That’s still what we plan on doing. But, we are just building it up and using the outlets that we had. Especially my album—I have the whole Taylor Gang on there. You know, just introducing them to the world so everybody can come when it’s that time. It will just be natural and it will just be real. I’m definitely gonna keep it within the group. There are still a couple of artists that people don’t fully know about yet. So I’ll bring them to the forefront and let them find some favorites and stuff with them. You know, just keep it interesting. Keep it fun.
You recently took part in the video shoot for Chief Keef’s “Hate Being Sober” video shoot with 50, which made headlines when Keef didn’t show up. What’s your side of the story on that?
I think the media and stuff like that is making more of a big deal than it really is. I think he just made a little mistake. You know, that happens and we still shot the video. As I understand, he’s going to be able to make up for it and shoot another part of the video. Everything is going to be good. I mean you got me, you got 50—we straight. We good. I think a lot of people hyped it up because it’s easy being on the outside looking in.
You’re going to be a father soon. What rules are you going to have for your future children?
Just let the kids always be themselves. Never force anything on them. Give them some rules but don’t be too strict. Let them have fun. Push them in the right direction as far as what you know and what you didn’t learn. Let them learn those things.
Did your father give you any advice on being a dad?
Yeah, of course. He didn’t start preaching too much but just small things that would have helped him out if somebody told him. You know, it’s always good to get that point of view. But at the end of the day, you learn from experience. [Me and Amber] are both coming into this learning, so we share [advice]. We communicate. We just prepare. That’s more of what it is: preparation.
O.N.I.F.C is set to land on the number one spot on Billboard this week.