Rapper Wiz Khalifa has defended his decision to slice his Atlantic Records Rolling Papers debut album despite initially planning to have a slew of rap stars on the LP.
Wiz believes the limited guest appearances helped keep the album’s focus on him.
“I trimmed it down and I just kept it regular because I wanted to save that suspense of me working with these other artists and making these huge records,” Wiz said. “I wanted to save that. I figured with my first album I could accomplish establishing my own identity and that’s what I really wanted to do with this music and when that happens, I can do all that other stuff.” (MTV)
The project features collaborations from Too $hort, Chevy Woods and Curren$y.
1. When I’m Gone 2. On My Level (feat. Too $hort) 3. Black And Yellow 4. Roll Up 5. Hopes & Dreams 6. Wake Up 7. The Race 8. Star Of The Show (feat. Chevy Woods) 9. No Sleep 10. Get Your Sh*t 11. Top Floor 12. Fly Solo 13. Rooftops (feat. Curren$y) 14. Cameras (Rolling Papers)
Last September, Wiz said he was interested in linking with artists like Cam’ron and Devin the Dude for his Atlantic debut.
“It’s been awesome, you know what I’m saying, just working with a lot of people over there that completely understand my movement and what I’m doing,” Wiz told radio personality A-Plus about his relationship with Atlantic. “‘Black & Yellow,’ the single, just how that worked out. Me pushing it to them and them really going hard with it. It’s a great marriage that we got going on. It’s definitely new energy, it’s a lot of motivation for the project, and it’s understanding going forward…I wanna work with Cam’ron, trying to get Cam’ron on the album. [Twitter trending topic] ‘Camron Says,’ Cam’ron’s my man, a lot of people don’t know I started that. I did, me. Shout-out to Killa. I want to get Killa on the album. I want to get 8Ball & MJG, I want to get Devin the Dude on the album, Snoop [Dogg] of course. And if anything else happens, it’ll be a classic collaboration that nobody expects.” (Power 92.1)
Khalifa’s album officially debuted on the sales chart yesterday (April 6).
Leading the pack this week is Wiz Khalifa’s Rolling Papers which opened at No. 2 behind Britney Spears‘ Femme Fatale (277,100). According to Nielsen Soundscan, Wiz’s Atlantic Records debut has sold 198,200 copies after seven days in stores. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
Check out a recent Wiz Khalifa interview down below: