Wiz Khalifa takes listeners through a couple of different zones on his upcoming LP Blacc Hollywood. There's the turnt up, club anthem "We Dem Boyz," the smoker's ode "KK," and on "True Colors", Wiz links with Nicki Minaj for an inspirational tune.
Wiz's album doesn't hit stores until August 19, but fans can go to WizKhalifa.MTV.com to get an exclusive first listen. On "True Colors," both rap stars give first-hand accounts of former friends who turned green with envy.
"Me, I make different types of songs. Some are for the club, some are for the smokers and some are very inspirational and motivational. Songs like 'This Plane' and things like that with a message behind it and that's what 'True Colors' is more down the line of," Wiz told MTV News on Sunday when we traveled to Detroit to catch him on his Under the Influence of Music Tour.
Collaborating with Nicki was a big deal for Khalifa -- she's a tried and true hitmaker and an artist that Wiz has a great deal of respect for. "She kills it inspirationally, [and] lyrically. You know how we both do," he said of their performance.
With her verse, Nicki starts off singing, then transitions into a rapid-fire rap verse. By the time she ends her rhyme, Minaj displayed expert wordplay, flipping the word pink a few times before she teases her new LP. "They know I’m a mogul for real, I branded a color/ Pink is the color, can’t wait to unveil The Pinkprint cover," she closes.
Wiz has plenty to say, as well, directing his bars at unnamed targets. "All I do is smoke weed and get paid/ That jealously I can see it in their face/ That green is all that I make," he spits.
"A lot of people try to sleep on the fact that because we make big music that we're gonna compromise our lyrical or that we're gonna compromise how we structure our verses," he said of him and Nicki. "But that's always gonna be steps and steps ahead of our competitors, because Nicki is like the dopest female and I'm the dopest young, wild, crazy dude that do what I do."