Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg will be performing Sunday at PNC Music Pavillion. Wiz Khalifa’s sixth album, “Khalifa,” was released in February. His next album, “Rolling Papers 2,” is rumored to be released soon.
During a recent teleconference, Khalifa, 28, fielded questions about the tour and his music. Answers have been edited for brevity and clarity.
Q. How did this tour with Snoop Dogg come together?
A. It was my feeling that we should have gotten on the road (a long time ago), but at the end of last year, being that I did a rock-and-roll tour with Fall Out Boy, I wanted to do something that was more oriented towards my core audience, and doing something with Snoop just felt like the perfect opportunity to bring me and Snoop together and make it a great fan experience too ... We’re more like brothers than a business relationship, so this is going to be cool and it’s going to be fun, because we’re going to really have a dope experience behind the scenes as well as on stage.
Q. Will you be playing some of your earlier hits during this tour?
A. There’s absolutely a section where I perform some classic material and some things that people from my early following will look forward to. I’m not going to exactly say which songs, because I want it to be a surprise, and I want everybody to be shocked and caught off guard when it happens, but yeah, definitely, there is that section of the show.
Q: What has inspired your music lately?
A. Just having fun throughout the summer has been inspiring my music – the remembering the thoughts of being a kid and not having much to do, and remembering how important music is to that whole process. It’s going to be cool being able to provide those vibes from the stage, but also keeping that in mind as what’s creating the vision.
Q. When do you first remember listening to (Snoop’s) music?
A. I remember hearing Snoop’s music in ’93, when it first came out, and it was when West Coast rap was really hardcore, or looked at as hardcore, but it was something that I gravitated towards just because of the generally smooth sound of it ... There’s nobody else in the game like Snoop, so just having that history and being able to grow up listening to his music, and then being able to meet him and be an acquaintance of his is really cool.
Q. What can you can say about some of the openers on this tour?
A. Yeah, Jhene Aiko, I’ve been a fan of hers for a really long time ... I think it was “Sailing Souls” mixtape, and that just kind of touched me and reached me in a way I felt like, as a female, that was her “Kush & Orange Juice.” It just hit me ... Casey Veggies, I’ve seen him grind for a really long time, from just a kid, from being from the West Coast to actually being known out here and having respect and people loving his music ... Kevin Gates, he’s always been a brother of mine and somebody that I’ve always been interested in working with ... I just love his energy and his realness that he brings to rap music in general.
Q. Your next album, “Rolling Papers 2,” is in the works. How is that a continuation of “Rolling Papers,” and why revisit it?
A. I wouldn’t really say I’m revisiting anything. I just think that “Rolling Papers” was such a good moment in my life, and musically I was in such a good place, that to just remind people of that project and what could be new from it, I think that’s what makes it most exciting.
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