Wiz Khalifa is best known for a decade’s worth of platinum-selling hip-hop hits such as “Black and Yellow,” “We Dem Boyz,” “Work Hard, Play Hard,” the Snoop Dogg collaboration “Young, Wild & Free,” and the Golden Globe-nominated “Furious 7” soundtrack theme song, “See You Again.”
Oh, and also for smoking weed. A lot of weed. Like, $10,000 a month worth of weed.
Given that Utah is not necessarily known as a hotbed for either rap music or marijuana legalization, Khalifa’s decision to include West Valley City’s USANA Amphitheatre on his Decent Exposure Tour might be curious to some. Except that he’s been appearing here for more than a decade now — and he keeps coming back.
What does he see in Utah’s culture that makes him comfortable returning time and again (including this Thursday at USANA)? In spite of the state’s quasi-puritanical reputation among outsiders, he said, he’s always managed to have a good time here and has been made to feel at home.
“I noticed that people smoke a lot of pot out there. That people love just music in general. I think the couple of times that I did come out there, I was either with Snoop or just on my tours like in the summer — it was just really good fun,” Khalifa said. “For the early stuff in my career too, I would always end up in Salt Lake City doing radio runs or car shows and stuff like that. So, I feel like it’s a pretty decent market for music touring and all of that, whether you’re up-and-coming or already established.”