Sometimes you shouldn't read between the lines
There are many milestones in a rap career: that first comped nebuchadnezzar of champaign, making your first million, an album goes platinum for the first time, a Grammy sitting on your mantel making everyone in the room sweat. These are the moments you should sit back and enjoy your success.
When Wiz Khalifa had a strain of weed bred specifically for him, it was just one of those moments. “Khalifa Kush” is a hybrid that purportedly has accents of sour lemon and pine, and an active cerebral buzz ideal for daytime consumption. It gets those synapsis firing right. If this doesn’t have your mouth watering you should probably stop reading here. But it was this very KKush that spurned a huge Kanye meltdown.
But could Wiz and Kanye’s drama be settling down?
It all started when West pulled a fast one on Twitter. On Jan 26, Kanye tweeted a handwritten track list for his upcoming album with the caption “New album title, WAVES.” This was the third time that Kanye had switched up the name of his album: first, it was So Help Me God, then Swish.
Given the first two titles are a little weak, it makes sense that the evergreen West was playing for the perfect title as he drafted and remixed the album—which would become The Life of Pablo.
But the new title bristled a fellow hip-hop juggernaut.
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Loud Pack aficionado and wordsmith, Wiz Khalifa responded to Kanye’s tweet about the new title of Yeezy’s album. Khlifa tweeted:
“Please don’t take the wave… Max B is the wavy one. He created the wave. There is no wave without him.”
Very cordial and respectful. Of course naming an album that you are sweating over is a process, so Wiz was just responding to the subtle appropriation of the word “wavey.”
Wavey has a specific context: Harlem-based rapper Max B broke ground on wave with his 2009 collab with French Montana Coke Wave. Wavey has a particular chill sound and meaning. Wiz explains that Max B and wavey has been a tremendous influence on his sound.
Hit this KK
And things stayed amicable… for a minute. Kanye tweeted:
“All respect to Andre Harrel and Max B #Waves”
And it looked like Kanye wasn’t going to use his media empire to appropriate the term incorrectly. And it was the right move for Ye to stick to his own true sound. Wiz got back at him cleverly:
“Hit this kk and become yourself.”
Which is when it ALL WENT SOUTH…