For Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania rapper Wiz Khalifa he chose to keep violence out of his music because he wanted to provide his younger fans with another option. He went on to explain that violence in music is something a lot of kids in the inner-city hear and he wanted to provide them with the option of someone who doesn’t rap about violence, but is still considered cool.
Wiz went on to explain that making such music isn’t difficult since it’s who he is “in real life.”
“Yeah, definitely. 100 percent,” Wiz Khalifa said when asked if he made a conscious decision to keep violence out of his music. “I kept violence—Well, I still keep violence out of my music because a lot of the kids from where I’m from and just not even where I’m from, but just the inner-city in general. That’s all we hear. That’s all we know. That’s all we really look up to. And it’s cool because we enjoy that from certain people, but I just always—just as a kid and being different I gravitated towards other things along with that. So, I just want to give kids an option to look at somebody who doesn’t talk about that stuff. Who they still think is [as] cool as those same people. You know what I mean? Cause that’s who I am in real life anyway. So, it’s not really hard to do that through my music.”
The Taylor Gang emcee was then asked about a quote from the late Notorious B.I.G. and if that particular quote from the rapper relates to his decision to avoid violence in his music.
“Nah, I really like to just bring people on a journey with me. It’s like whatever I’m into or whoever I feel it’s like I want people to be on that same path with me…I was in high school when I made that mixtape,” he said when asked about his mixtape, Welcome To Pistolvania. “And, you know, just—You could just look at my clothes and see where my mind was at.”
Wiz Khalifa’s interview with Vlad TV comes days after the rapper released his most recent album, Blacc Hollywood. According to HitsDailyDouble, the album, which received a 3 star rating from HipHopDX, is expected to sell between 70,000 and 80,000 copies in its first week.