Wiz Khalifa Talks Pressures Of Rolling Papers Success & If He’ll Still Record With Curren$y
While attending South By Southwest in Austin, TX, DrJays.com caught up with Wiz Khalifa right before the mtvU Woodie Awards. With Amber Rose in tow, Wiz took the time to talk about finally being able to unleash Rolling Papers to the masses, whether or not he’ll still be recording mixtapes with Curren$y and what it’s like to still be considered a “new” artist even though he’s been around since 2005.
The last time we spoke, “Black & Yellow” had just began picking up steam and you were still riding off of the success of Kush & Orange Juice. How do you feel today knowing the album is finally coming out?
“It feels good. I’ve been putting in a lot of work and I have a lot of things I still have to do. But I’m in a good space right now. I’m working harder than I ever have in my life and feeling good about it.”
With the album finally coming out, do you feel pressure for this album to do well?
“No, not at all. It’s done with it so anything that I wanted to do or accomplish, I had to get done at that point. Before I even wrapped up the album I felt comfortable with it. I’m just excited for people to get their hands on it. Of course there’s a little piece of nervousness, but I was nervous when I dropped Kush & OJ and I was nervous when I dropped Cabin Fever. I just think that’s me being human though. At the end of the day, me and my fans have a great relationship and I’m going to be able to supply what they need.”
At what point does the nervousness go away?
“It went away once I heard the full project from a fan perspective. Usually I’m putting it together and tying all the loose ends like song titles and album art at the last minute. But when I finally get to sit down and enjoy it, it’s like, ‘Oh yeah, it is over!’ Thinking about it, that’s when I’m nervous, but when I get to enjoy it, that’s when that feeling goes away.”
I’m assuming there’s tons of work being put into this album, but will there be another project with you and Curren$y coming in the near future?
“Yeah, of course! That’s always going to be in the works. That’s never going to go out of style. That’s my homie forever. With him being in his label situation, we’re free to do whatever we want to do and it’s going to go down. But it’s always there though. It’s just funny to me that people think that’s it’s never going to happen now.”
Well, a lot of people get worried because you are on a major label now and those side projects may not be something you have time for anymore.
“It’s not even like that. Me and his situation is totally unique just based on how we met and how cool we are beyond music. Me and him share the exact same views on everything so, at the end of the day, we’re just going to be homies and able to do whatever.”
How do you feel about people that still look at you as a “new” artist even though you’ve paid your dues on other labels like Warner?
“It’s a good deal to be able to be around for so long and still be considered a new artist that is still able to make new fans. It just gives me that extra longevity, you know? I could be around for another 8-10 years or be played out by now with nobody caring about what I have to say. But my story, my sound and my style is still brand new. I feel like that’s really important and valuable for me to really embrace that and build on top of that.”
Wiz Khalifa’s Rolling Papers drops on March 29th.