A select few got to "Roll With Wiz" last night at the Flamingo Bowl. The chronic-loving Pittsburgh rapper was in town promoting his new album Rolling Papers, which drops next week. Khalifa gamely posed for pictures with fans, signed posters and treated them to free eats -- it's no wonder he's grown a rabid grassroots fanbase over the past few years without the support of a major label. Hot 104.1 hosted the event for its "Insiders"; only about twenty winners were selected from the contest. The Hot 104.1 luminaries -- Finsta, DJ Cuddy, and even Yung Ro, sporting his perfectly flat-ironed coif -- also repped in style. A few high school aged kids from Springfield, Missouri, even drove hours to stand in the freezing cold and peered in the window, hoping for a glimpse of their idol, the guy who claims to drop ten grand a month to get stoned.
Wiz Khalifa photos from the meet-and-greet coming soon...
The rapper walked out to "Black and Yellow," and was treated to cheers. When he walked into the reserved booth, a noticeable breeze of sweet chronic came with him. Freshly jointed and ready to face his public, Khalifa did a couple rounds of interviews and then bowled for a bit. He was playing against his crew and didn't have the highest score on the board, but came in at a respectable 144, with three strikes and three spares. He was a good sport with fan requests, still posing for cameras while his handlers tried to hustle him out the door.
Khalifa had a busy 2010. He blew the lid off with his April 2010 mixtape Kush and Orange Juice, signed to Atlantic in July, sold out 50 dates in a row with Yelawolf and effectively burned "Black and Yellow" into our collective tympanic membranes. (Face it, to unlearn that song you'd have to make a deal with Satan. But why would you?!) 2011 is shaping up to be the his year, however. He's working on a movie with Snoop Dogg (it's about weed, obviously), got his mug on the cover of Rolling Stone (albeit a dual cover with that bronzed Oompa Loompa, Snooki), and he's now the envy of every guy on the planet since bagging Amber Rose. Khalifa took some time to speak with A to Z.
Diana Benanti: How is St. Louis treating you so far? Wiz Khalifa: I've only been here for a couple hours, but there's a lot of love here. I've been here before. This is my third or fourth time maybe.
Have you had any beef with Kanye since you snatched his girl [model Amber Rose]? Ah man, nah, I'm not really beefing with any rappers.
So how did you and Snoop decide to doHigh Schooltogether? Just from him being a homey, you know what I'm saying, we met and we vibed so we just figured we might as well play off that and make it fun for everybody.
Who smokes more weed, you or Snoop? We smoke like the same, that's why we're so cool with each other. Yeah, we smoke like a lot, but the same amount. I only smoke joints though, he smokes blunts. I can't smoke blunts.