Wiz Khalifa Talks High Road Tour with Snoop Dogg & Working on 'Rolling Papers 2'
A heated presidential campaign and a tinderbox social climate in the wake of recent urban violence in America has not gone unnoticed by Wiz Khalifa. And he suspects that may color the performances on his High Road Summer Tour with Snoop Dogg -- but only to a degree.
"I think we're gonna have a lot of fun with [the election]," Khalifa told Billboard during a call with reporters last month to promote the tour. "That's what me and Snoop usually do -- we make lightheartedness out of a heavy situation, so while educating people, we'll also put our spin on it and let people know how we feel. Opportunity usually presents itself in cool-ass ways, so I know when that opportunity is there, me and Snoop are definitely gonna take it." He did not tip his hand as to what they might have planned for the trek, which kicked off July 20 in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Khalifa expressed excitement about touring with Snoop, a longtime friend and occasional collaborator -- most recently on the track "Oh Na Na" from Snoop's new album Coolaid -- not to mention a kindred spirit for literally getting high on the road. "Me and Snoop are really cool. We're more like brothers than a business relationship," Khalifa said. "It was my feeling that we should've gotten on the road for a long time. Last year I did a rock 'n' roll tour with Fall Out Boy and I wanted to do something that was more oriented towards my core audience." He continued, "Doing something with Snoop just felt like the perfect opportunity to bring me and Snoop together and make it a great fan experience, too. So this is gonna be cool and it's gonna be fun because we're gonna really have a dope experience behind the scenes as well as on stage. I think we're both genuinely excited for this."
Khalifa and Snoop plan to be on stage together, alternating and collaborating throughout the lineup. The tour also features Kevin Gates, Jhene Aiko, Casey Veggies and DJ Drama, with other guest promised for individual tour stops. Khalifa promised that his on-stage offerings will reach all the way back to his earliest mix tapes. "I'm not gonnna say exactly which songs 'cause I want it to be a surprise and I want everybody to be shocked and caught off guard when it happens," he said -- and he may even give fans a taste of his next album Rolling Papers 2, which he hopes to release before the end of the year.
"I wouldn't say I'm revisiting everything," Khalifa said of the project. "I just think that [2011's] Rolling Papers was such a good moment in my life and musically I was in such a good place that I just [want to] remind people of that project and what could be from it. I think that's what makes it most exciting." He adds, "My goal since I was younger is to always be able to reinvent myself, and I think I've done a great job of inventing and reinventing. I still give people a lot of hope for what's next so I'm happy."