There aren’t many people who thought Wiz Khalifa’s debut album was his best offering. However, after delivering as much influential music as the man did for free via mixtapes, most of his rabid, Taylor Gang fanbase expected to get more than their money’s worth when Rolling Papers finally hit store shelves. When they didn’t, many of those same folk crossed their arms and pouted, or even worse – turned their back on their fearless leader altogether.
Well, Wiz might smoke a lot of dope, but he’s far from dumb. So, to vindicate himself to fans he may have unintentionally pushed away, Young Khalifa posted a letter on Tumblr to tell his followers they were right and also to prove he’s indeed grown up a bit over the past year or so in the spotlight.
“The mistake i made on Rolling Papers was thinking it was time to move on from that genre not knowing that it had impacted people so much. The album did great numbers, but creatively wasn’t my best work. No regrets though. We live and we learn. So for my fans sake and own personal enjoyment, Ive gone further into the world we’ve created and elaborated on our genre with the mixtape Taylor Allderdice and of course my sophomore album ONIFC. Im so confident in the artistry and creativity of these projects because so much living went along with them. These aren’t songs aimed to be hits or widely accepted or even understood. Iss for people who live like us and can relate. And informative to those who can’t.” [The LvlS!x]
Somewhere in a shadowy skate park, hundreds of Lupe fans are gathering in a half-pipe plotting their demands for a letter of their own.