News: Wiz Khalifa Names "One Of The Best To Ever Do It" [Video]
Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012 4:38PM
Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa recently shared his admiration for Devin the Dude and cited him as one of the best marijuana-inspired hip-hop artists of all-time.
Showering Devin with compliments, Wiz vowed to continue the wave of marijuana-appreciating raps.
"This is like a classic marijuana-smoking, rolling, or, this is a good weed song," Wiz said in an interview, referring to Devin's "Doobie Ashtray" record. "Devin the Dude, he's very, very, very musical, very underrated. And he's just like, one of the best to ever do it as far as the genre that I consider myself to be carrying on the torch for. So shout-out to Devin the Dude as well. I never got to publicly, like, say that but like, yeah man, Devin is really 'the' dude." (Nardwuar)
Last year, Khalifa struck critics who called him out due to lyrics perceived as strictly centered around marijuana use.
"People can have their opinion, and I have been labeled as something," he says. "But it's not a problem. My message is way beyond smoking weed. That's just what I do. I'm about people embracing who they are, whatever they do and whoever they are. Fully embrace that." (Seattle Times)
Marijuana enthusiast Curren$y previously shared his perspective on so-called "weed rappers."
"I think the term 'weed rapper' is wack," Curren$y said in an interview. "I think it was created by rappers who are trying to use weed as a subject matter that will get them put on in the game, in a sense. If you remember in CB4 how that group had to make themselves be gangstas just to get on. So now weed rappers are people who are faking to be high all the time so that they could get on and be popular and rap. They're not high, they don't even know good weed. They're probably just smoking regular, killin' themselves but it's just like, 'All I do is rap about being high, so I can catch the wave like Spitta and 'em.' It's bullsh--. I don't just f--kin' talk about weed so I know it's that bullsh--." (RapFix)
Back in 2010, Devin talked to SOHH about wishing the government would modify punishment for people caught with marijuana.
"I'm very much for, at the very least, the decriminalization of weed. I wouldn't mind it being legal, but if the powers that be could at least decriminalize the punishment [for weed possession], I think it will be a lot better. I think it will help the nation a lot more than it will hurt it. I also think you could profit off of it too, medically and financially. And especially with getting the laws changed so that people wouldn't have to miss weeks of work and mess up their whole schedule because there's weed involved or with people having police kicking in doors and doing all kinds of crazy stuff because of a type of grass." (SOHH Guest Star)
Check out Wiz Khalifa's interview: