A really nice sit-down with one of my favorite MC's in the game right now. It's so weird how these things happen man. I had heard about these guys for a minute now, and then I went to that NahRight sponsored thing with D-Block and Wiz was there with Curren$y and Dame and those guys and I wasn't even too aware of who they were. Then there was a song off Deal Or No Deal I really fucked with and after a couple interviews I was really put on to just cool the kid was. Now, Kush & Orange Juice is like my favorite shit. He just seems fresh and he writes really well.
*Complex: You’ve sampled songs like Alice Deejay’s “Better Off Alone” and Frou Frou’s “Let Go.” How much non-rap do you listen to?
Wiz Khalifa: Oh man, it’s like 60% other music and 40% rap music. Everything from like Kool & the Gang to Journey and the Police. I watch a lot of late night VH1 music videos. [Laughs.] Those songs inspire me because they’re so well-written, just like the format and how they’re put together. I think part of the appeal of my music is that I format my songs in different types of ways so that it’s not just a rap song. It’s rap music, but it’s got more range. I like to add different stuff to it because I listen and learn from other shit and then I go rap.
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