How surprised was Wiz Khalifa to hear Kanye West name-drop him on his “Way Too Cold” single? “Very,” the Taylor Gang captain told New York radio host DJ Funk Master Flex during an interview Monday night. ” ’Cause he said my name. I’ve gone a long time without anybody actually saying my name out loud like that. It wasn’t a bad thing.”
When Yeezy dropped the track, which was then named “Theraflu,” at the top of April, he thrilled fans with his fiery and off-the-cuff lyrics. On the song ’Ye professed his love for Kim Kardashian, threw a jab at her soon-to-be ex-husband Kris Humphries and once again rapped about his ex-flame Amber Rose. But this time, West brought Rose’s fiancé Wiz into the mix. “The whole industry wanna f— ya old chick/ Only n—a I got respect for is Wiz,” Kanye rhymed on the song’s second verse.
Because of the very public nature of Amber and Kanye’s breakup, many assumed that he and Khalifa would naturally have beef. (There were even rumors that the two squared off at the Coachella music festival in 2011.) Wiz shot down the speculation. In fact, he says that he and Kanye don’t even know each other. “I never met him before … never in life,” the “Black and Yellow” MC said.
The rapper stressed everything was positive, and things certainly seem to be moving in the right direction for Wiz, who dropped the first single from his sophomore album O.N.I.F.C. on Monday. “Work Hard Play Hard” is produced by Stargate and features the TGOD leader flaunting the spoils of his success over a bouncy club track. “It’s crazy. We shot the video in Pittsburgh,” Wiz told MTV News last week on the set of Maroon 5’s “Payphone” video. “It’s wild, just linking back up with Stargate, making another hit and gearing up for the second album, O.N.I.F.C. We’re about to do it all over again.”
While O.N.I.F.C. is scheduled for an August 28 release, Khalifa and his bride-to-be, Amber Rose, haven’t locked down a specific date to wed. “Well, we’re making the plans, and by we, I mean she’s making the plans,” he joked. “So we’re setting a date.”
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