Yesterday marked the 5-year anniversary of Wiz Khalifa's classic mixtape, 'Kush and OJ'. Even though Wiz has been releasing music since 2005, this mixtape was undoubtedly the breakthrough for Wiz's successful career. He spoke with MTV recently to recap his well-known masterpiece.
Wiz, extremely humbled and thankful for his mixtape being considered a "Classic", stated that he had a number of influences early on that inspired the tape. "I was always a fan of classic hip - hop like Nas, Jay Z, and Biggie, Reasonable Doubt, Illmatic and Ready To Die," He says. "So it's like, How do you make that classic? How do you get your classic album?"
'Kush and OJ' brought in a new sound that hip hop was not used to; creating a laid back - chill - stoner feel. Wiz talks about the idea of creating a new sound that would separate him from the rest of young artists that were up and coming.
"It was sort of me coming to change what I had seen and what I knew there was a void in the game of," He begins. "That was that ride and smokin' music, that chillin', relaxin' shit that I do on the everyday anyway. That was my angle when I did that."
He also goes on to acknowledge his fans and their proclamation of Kush and OJ being Wiz's defining project.
"It's pretty cool that everybody labels that as my classic," he says when asked about the topic. He continues to say, "I put a lot of time and energy into it. To know that it came off exactly how I wanted it to and put me where I wanted to be in my career was really dope."
Watch the full '5 year anniversary' recap of the classic tape below