In a new interview with Playboy, Wiz Khalifa discusses his split with Amber Rose, police brutality and why he doesn’t do any other drugs besides marijuana. Peep a few excerpts below.
If he ever personally encountered police brutality:
Hell, yeah. Cops there are crazy. I’ve never been pulled over without them having a gun to my head. Even with traffic stops, they’ll put a gun to your head and say, “Get the fuck out the car. What you got?” Searching you, breaking shit, twisting your arm. They’re cool about weed, though. I got jammed up a lot in Pittsburgh, but I never did real time.
His thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement:
It’s about knowledge. A lot of people are surprised that this still exists, and when the media puts it out there, people get upset. But it’s about education and figuring out how to defend yourself and how to fight back and not be a victim. They victimize us because we don’t know. Body cameras? That shit is just to make people think we’re safe. We ain’t safe. It’s not about fighting the cops physically. You have to know how to outsmart them, and what they can and can’t do to you. That won’t make things all good, but it will help level the playing field.
If there have been moments in his life when he thought making a different decision would have completely altered his trajectory:
Probably just my relationship with Amber Rose. I feel like not being in that relationship helped me out a lot. I learned how to be present where I need to be present. I’d been present in the relationship, but at that age and with what was going on, it just wasn’t right for me. It helps to walk away sometimes, even though it was super hard.
If the public nature of their divorce made things more difficult:
Definitely. Dealing with a breakup or a divorce is hard enough, let alone for it to be public and on TV and radio. Suddenly everyone has advice. I’m a private dude, so I only talk to my family and the people next to me. I don’t trust anybody with information, so I would never tell a rapper how I really felt.
If he thinks he’ll ever get married again:
I think I will, but it will be later. It was cool; it was fun. I learned a lot. Things that would’ve taken me much longer to learn, I learned in a short period of time. I feel like I’ll probably get married again when I’m in my 50s. I was sad after it ended, but I wasn’t depressed; I’ve never really been depressed in my life. I was sad because we were going through a lot and my son was involved, and that hurt me because my main goal is to raise my son how I want. I’m a control freak, and not being able to control that was weird. I didn’t know how to deal with it and didn’t understand that feeling. A year later, I’m way smarter and better equipped to deal with it.
What his experiences with other drugs have been like:
I’ve done mushrooms. I shroomed in Las Vegas for a weekend on my birthday. I did mushrooms in Switzerland and at Coachella. It was pretty awesome. But I don’t do party drugs. I’ve never popped any pills. I’ve never done coke. Painkillers make me sick; I think I’m allergic to them. I tried Xanax one time, but it made me throw up, so I was like, “Nah, I don’t like this shit.” I did lean, but it just made me sleepy. It’s just cough medicine. I don’t know what it is with rappers on lean, because that shit don’t help. It don’t help you be creative, it don’t help you hear anything differently. I think they do it and they get addicted.