Wiz Khalifa Talks Politics, the Oscars Being Black & Marijuana at Winterfest 2016
Wiz Khalifa clearly doesn't follow politics in a new interview from Winterfest 2016. He also knows what it is to "come up out of the struggle" in an urban community. In the chat, the eccentric Khalifa talks about politics, the Oscars, being a black man and of course, marijuana.
On being a black man, he told Billboard, "Now I'm looked at differently because I have money, but I still get, you know, the same types of stereotypes and I still feel the same way when I hear those things, but at the end of the day I know that there's bigger and better. So when your mind is elevated and you think differently then I feel like that stuff doesn't really matter to you."
He's also shared that he is an advocate of marijuana, saying, "I'm really just about everybody coming together and getting along whether you're black, white, whatever it is. My cause is marijuana and peace and music."
On his Oscars snub Khalifa said, "I don't really get into the political stuff. I know that there's a lot to do with who gets nominated and who doesn't. And it's not always just the music and I focus on the music."
When asked about the rapid rise of controversial candidate Donald Trump, Khalifa expressed that he pays almost zero attention to politics, saying, "I kind of operate on a different frequency."
While his collaboration with Charlie Puth, "See You Again," might have been snubbed at the Oscars this year, the duo won out at the Critics Choice Awards with the Furious 7 soundtrack taking home the Best Song award on Jan. 17. At the Critics Choice Awards, "See You Again" beat out Lady Gaga's "Til It Happens to You," Sam Smith's "Writings on the Wall," and David Lang's "Simple Song #3." Other songs nominated at the Critics Choice Awards were "Love Me Like You Do," by Ellie Goulding from Fifty Shades of Grey and "One Kind of Love" by Brian Wilson.
It came as a surprise that the song wasn't nominated for an Oscar, as it topped the Hot 100 for 12 non-consecutive weeks this past spring and summer. "See You Again" wasn't an easy win at the awards ceremony, and it was a long road from the nomination to the win. While it was nominated for a Golden Globe, the song was bested by Smith's "Writing's on the Wall."