With reporting By Carl Chery
On Monday (May 19), fans got their first look at his tape’s brand-new cover art, which features a cartoon version of the star rapper. You can tell by looking at it that Wiz is having fun, but it was also clear when MTV News caught up with the MC — twice — over the weekend.
“Cabin Fevers — people love those. Kush and Orange Juice — people love that. Prince of the City, 1 and 2 — [fans] love it. Burn After Rolling — classic; Taylor Allderdice,” Wiz reflected to us on Saturday before he took the stage at Power 106’s annual Powerhouse concert at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. “Everybody comes up to me and tells me what’s a classic so I’m just gonna add to the list.”
Last Friday, after performing at the Hangout Fest in Gulf Shores, Alabama, Wiz revealed to MTV News that he’ll be dropping the new tape ahead of his third studio LP, Blacc Hollywood. “It’s more than a teaser, it’s gonna get the Khalifa train rolling,” he said.
When we caught up with Wiz again the next day in Cali, he spoke to us about the difference between his major-label albums and free online offerings. “I feel like all my mixtapes, they just speak to the time that I’m at in my life,” he began to explain, “as well as my albums do, but I get to be a little more free and [have] more fun with my mixtapes. I’m more experimenting with albums.”
But as confident as Khalifa is in 28 Grams, he’s even prouder of his upcoming LP. The album’s lead single, “We Dem Boyz,” has been climbing Billboard’s Rap Songs chart over the past six weeks and anticipation is starting to build.
“I feel like Blacc Hollywood is my best, most solid effort, because I’m happy with everything that’s going into it and how I project it to come out even before the CD even comes out,” he said. “I’m most confident in this one, [more] than I’ve ever been in any of my albums.”