Following the release of his anticipated Rolling Papers 2 album last week (July 13), Wiz Khalifa stopped by The Breakfast Club sans DJ Envy in support of the 25-track project. In the midst of the conversation, Charlamagne tha God brought up a recent report from The Korea Times stating that some Koreans could be offended by a lyric on the album cut “Hot Now,” where Khalifa raps, “Smoke got my eyes lookin’ Korean.”
Wiz quickly shot down any idea of him being racist but refused to apologize for the wordplay. “Chill out, I’m not racist. I love all races,” he explains. “I have Korean friends who are not offended, so I don’t know those people who are saying that. My art is up for interpretation.”
As Complex points out, Jeezy made a similar reference during his assist on Kanye West‘s 2008 hit “Amazin.” “Look what I’m blazin’/ Eyes so low/ Yeah I look like an Asian,” the Atlanta native rhymes. Back in 2010, Wiz rapped something along the same lines on “Real Estate.” “Eyes Chinese, smoke like I’m Jamaican,” he spits.
The 30-year-old’s Korean reference on “Hot Now” could possibly serve as a subtle response to his name-drop on Kanye West’s “Yikes.” “We could be in North Korea, I could smoke with Wiz Khalifa,” Yeezy raps.
Check out Wiz Khalifa’s entire interview with The Breakfast Club below. The debate surrounding his rhymes on “Hot Now” begins around the 14-minute mark.