Wiz Khalifa Is the Normcore Dad We Need
This week Wiz Khalifa is releasing his third (!) studio album Blacc Hollywood, which follows the similarly pro-black upper class sentiment of his second album Only Nigga in First Class. The album does not deviate too far from the music of Wiz Khalifa's entire career: weed, women and bros. The latter is covered in Chicago drill indebted "We Dem Boyz," the topic of women is heard on the early "Promises" and, well, "weed" is covered by the fact Mr. Khalifa has his own brand (Khalifa Kush) of the stuff. He's got his friends, wife and his own peculiar niche hobby, could he be even more dad if he tried? Wiz Khalifa moved from simply being a highly successful stoner to rap's foremost normcore dad.
Credit: Rob Menzer Wiz Khalifa when he's off-duty as a dad
Wiz Khalifa's musical personas retained a consistent fluidness by never becoming too locked down into a specific sense of dress or musical aesthetic. Back in 2006 he was sporting black tall tees, then in 2008 he got a fluke minor hit single called "Say Yeah" that sampled the trance hit "Better Off Alone" by Alice DeeJay years before EDM was codified. Eventually, Wiz shed these clothes and musical tastes to become a veritable "weed rapper." Weed was his alpha and omega. The video for "Memorized" from his Kush and OJ tape with its many bong rips, fast cars and casual mall browsing became the Wiz Khalifa that still exists in 2014: a kush-reeking skeletal teddy bear.
The loving side of Wiz Khalifa appeared at the forefront of his video for "Roll Up," his follow-up to #1 hit "Black and Yellow." In the guy side piece anthem, Wiz sings the puppy-eyed hook "I could be your best friend / I could be your homie" in dissing guys that don't know to respect their girlfriends. Though in the video he's courting Bad Boy Records singer Cassie, Wiz had started seeing the model Amber Rose in 2011. The relationship withstood plenty of mockery from gossip gawkers who saw this beautiful model -- and former partner of Kanye West -- with this lanky goofy stoner as more of a joke than potential celebrity power couple. A year later, however, they were married and have since produced a cute son named Sebastian.