The superstar rapper chats American dreaming, Marvin Gaye and why he spends the odd night in jail
As part of our States of Independence summer takeover, 50 American indie icons have volunteered to take the Dazed Pop Quiz; a quick-fire Q&A about what they love and loathe about life in the USA. Check back here every day for more from the series.
If there’s any such thing as the American Dream, then you best believe Wiz Khalifa is living it. The forefather of Taylor Gang has moved from a Pittsburgh, PA rap upstart to an all around hip-hop rockstar (if there ever was such a thing). That doesn’t stop him from spending impromptu nights in jail for partaking in tokes of nature’s greenery since, ya know, America has inconvenient laws and stuff. As he readies his fifth studio album Blacc Hollywood, Wiz broke down a few things that are special about the good ol’ US of A, and laced his quiz with a few personal anecdotes as well.
What is your favorite quote about America?
Wiz Khalifa: I’m not sure I have one...
What three words define the States today?
Wiz Khalifa: I don’t know.
Which living American do you most admire and why?
Wiz Khalifa: I just admire anybody who’s working and doesn’t have everything right there in front of them, but is making their own way. Those are the people I respect and admire in America.
Which living American do you most despise and why?
Wiz Khalifa: I don’t despise anybody.
Whose face should be on the $100 bill?
Wiz Khalifa: Mine!
Who gave you your first break? Do you still talk?
Wiz Khalifa: Nobody gave me my first big break.
When and where are you the most happiest?
Wiz Khalifa: I’m the most happiest when I’m with my son or when I’m in the studio just creating and vibing...coming up with new ideas.
What high school clique were you in? Do you stay in touch?
Wiz Khalifa: "Weirdo clique". Yeah I still talk to them.
What food reminds you of home?
Wiz Khalifa: Well there’s certain food that you can only get at home, and then there’s the food that reminds me of home. I would probably say like a gyro.
What smell do you associate with the city of your birth?
Wiz Khalifa: I don’t remember the city of my birth that much. I wasn’t born in Pittsburgh, but a smell that reminds me of the city of Pittsburgh is the smell of rivers.
What's the best road trip you've ever been on?
Wiz Khalifa: Probably camping with my parents.
Where did you lose your virginity?
Wiz Khalifa: In my teens. In a bed.
What would make you leave America forever?
Wiz Khalifa: If we were threatened by war. Like if they said, "We’re gonna take over your whole country,” I would just get out and go to Australia or something.
What noise reminds you of the States?
Wiz Khalifa: People laughing.
What is your favorite American building?
Wiz Khalifa: The Rock n’ Roll Hall Of Fame!
Ultimate American film?
Wiz Khalifa: Pulp Fiction.
Most overrated US tourist attraction
Wiz Khalifa: New York City. It’s not a good place for tourists. If you’re gonna go there, you might as well live there and be working. Don’t just go there to take pictures and shit.
Most underrated US tourist attraction
Wiz Khalifa: WWE Wrestling. That’s very underrated.
Favorite slang phrase?
Wiz Khalifa: "Bae", that’s my favorite slang phrase.
What is your ultimate American guilty pleasure?
Wiz Khalifa: I guess it’s cheeseburgers.
Ultimate American album?
Wiz Khalifa: What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye.
What law would you change or invent?
Wiz Khalifa: I would legalize marijuana, of course.
Where in the States would you ride out the apocalypse?
Wiz Khalifa: Aw shit, I heard about these cities built underneath us, so I would try and find one of those and go and hide there.
When was your last run-in with the cops? What happened?
Wiz Khalifa: Two days ago. They put me in jail for a lil’ bit of weed.
If you could change one thing about the US, what would it be?
Wiz Khalifa: The weed laws.
Which fictional American do you most identify with?
Wiz Khalifa: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
If you could vote for Obama again, would you?
Wiz Khalifa: Depending on who he’s running against. But wait, he’s a Democrat, so yeah I guess it would only be him.
If you lost it all tomorrow, what would you do the day after?
Wiz Khalifa: Get it back.
What will America look like in 2050?
Wiz Khalifa: I have NO idea.
Does the American Dream still exist?
Wiz Khalifa: Yeah!