When two budding rappers named Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y launched their joint mixtape How Fly in 2009, the world was a distinct place. Barack Obama was serving his first time period as US President, Apple nonetheless made iPod shuffles, and Twitter was a model new factor. Folks weren’t shopping for CDs anymore however streaming companies have been nonetheless of their infancy, and internet hosting websites, blogs and boards like DatPiff, 2DopeBoyz and NikeTalk have been offering a direct artist-to-fan connection through obtain hyperlinks, slicing out {industry} center males and pulling down decades-old boundaries within the course of.

Possibly it was due to each Khalifa and Curren$y’s transient, lukewarm experiences with labels pre-2009 that they have been so prepared to do away with these boundaries. Pittsburgh’s Khalifa signed with Warner Bros. and Rostrum Data (who he ended up suing in 2016) and Curren$y together with his hometown New Orleans’ labels No Restrict and Money Cash (who each have a spotty historical past of dealings with their artists and label signees).

Regardless of the causes, Wiz and Curren$y have been among the many first to decide to a brand new technique that made no sense by conventional {industry} requirements: Attempt to construct a broad however devoted fanbase by releasing a ton of free music on the web and get cash from exhibits, touring, merch, and different avenues. That this philosophy was delivered as stoner-rap clean jazz and was dressed up in uncommon boutique sneakers and streetwear manufacturers made it all of the extra palatable to the period’s music followers.

Almost 10 years later, How Fly has lastly been re-released on the now-standard, industry-approved digital streaming platforms. Curren$y and Khalifa’s new and long-awaited second joint undertaking, 2009, dropped lower than per week later, with each veterans sounding reinvigorated by their reunion, with loads left to say regardless of their prolific and constant output within the years between.

On the night time of 2009‘s launch final Friday, Wiz and Spitta braved flight delays and one of many worst winter storms Seattle has seen in years to verify the present went on for his or her still-loyal followers who packed out the venue. Beforehand, we spoke to the rap duo about their mixtape origins, how their lives have modified, and the uncommon rap {industry} friendship that is stood the take a look at of time.

Taking it again to 2009, how did you guys initially get related for the How Fly undertaking?

Curren$y: MySpace. Simply on some, “What’s up man, I fuck along with your shit.” “Oh, I fuck with you too.” That was cool however we didn’t do nothing. After which Twitter got here and I may see what individuals have been saying just a little bit extra, like “Why the fuck haven’t you guys completed one thing collectively?” Once we acquired every little thing lined as much as do some songs so individuals would cease trippin’, we came upon that we’re fucking brothers. Wiz is the one rap motherfucker like that for me. I don’t have rap buddies, rapper associates. The {industry} doesn’t work like that.

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Whenever you guys first related you already had completed the label factor a bit, and already had your solo careers going with the mixtapes…

Curren$y: Nicely look, we was broke on the similar time. Nicely not broke, however in comparison with how shit is now we was broke! That’s a wrestle, and whoever you wrestle with, that’s a bond that’s completely different. We have been each coping with some shit that’s unspeakable: “I’m not doing good, shit’s not understanding.” So we each had that happening and we didn’t have to speak about it a lot, we simply acquired ourselves out that state of affairs.

So what was the mission if you guys linked up for the primary undertaking then? Did you envision it selecting up prefer it did, attending to the purpose the place you’re celebrating a 10-year anniversary with a tour and new undertaking?

“We didn’t actually assume that we’d get to this stage, paper-wise, with the route we have been taking. We weren’t doing any pretend shit, and all of the fakery was selecting the cash up.” – Curren$y

Wiz Khalifa: I believe we have been simply targeted on not being what we had seen, as a result of we had seen a lot trash and a lot bullshit happening [in our earlier experiences with the industry]. So it was like so long as we’re not that we’ll be cool. That was success to us.

Curren$y: Truthfully that was it. We didn’t actually assume that we’d get to this stage, paper-wise, with the route we have been taking. We weren’t doing any pretend shit, and all of the fakery was selecting the cash up. We thought, “Nicely we’re not gonna make that a lot paper, however not less than I’ll by no means say you probably did no pretend ass shit, you’ll by no means say I did it, and that’s value it.”

Proper. I used to be an inventory of among the mainstream stuff that was popping out round these years, and it’s loopy how weak plenty of that was.

Curren$y: And it was simply lots of people stealing from us. In 2009 all people was like, “Oh yeah we smoke weed, we do that, we do this.” Folks thought that was the bundle to success, and folks copy off of no matter works.

There are clearly plenty of issues which can be completely different from 2009 to now, musically and politically and in any other case. How are issues completely different for you guys personally in comparison with when How Fly got here out?

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Wiz Khalifa: It’s not, that’s what’s loopy. [Laughs]

Curren$y: We acquired youngsters. He’s acquired a son, I acquired a son. However that’s it. Nothing’s modified. We don’t should bend to suit the sound. We made the sound, so it’s no matter we do. 

What about by way of weed, because it’s authorized right here and a bunch of states now? Operating again How Fly it is type of humorous to listen to Wiz speaking about “OG in my Swishers so the blunt tastes flavored.”

Wiz Khalifa: I did say that!

Curren$y: There’s extra pretend weeds now. OG continues to be the shit. Some shit disappeared, I don’t know what occurred to Bitter D…

Wiz Khalifa: They should convey Headband again, like the unique Headband bro. Would you smoke Headband if that they had it nonetheless? Most of it’s trash now although. 

Curren$y: I might undoubtedly smoke some Headband if it got here by means of. I don’t know what occurred to Bitter Diesel. And there’s all types of weed named after like, fuckin’ Sesame Road characters, soup components, and different kinda shit so it will get just a little loopy.

Wiz Khalifa: It was simple again then… Bitter Diesel, Headband, OG…

Curren$y: OG continues to be good man, we each have strains of OG, Khalifa Kush and Andretti OG, in order that’s it. 

Picture by Clayton Woodley

In your personal phrases, what do you assume you dropped at rap, music, and elegance?

Curren$y: Be your self on this. 

Wiz Khalifa: Bruh. Nailed it. 

Curren$y: Simply be your self on this. We got here in, and you’ll have thought that shit was N.W.A. We weren’t even speaking about something unhealthy… however in a way we have been as a result of that was earlier than the “reeferlution,” so at that time it was completely different. For us to be speaking about that shit a lot, and so publicly, should you noticed us it was just about a straightforward bust. You see him, there’s weed someplace.

Wiz Khalifa: I believe the cool shit too is like, we had catalogs bruh. It wasn’t identical to we have been speaking shit. It was like, “These niggas acquired belts.” You had completed like 30 tasks in a month, dropping a undertaking or week or one thing like that at the moment. And then you definately had made the XXL [freshman cover] off mixtapes and I made XXL off mixtapes [the following year]. It was like holy shit, these motherfuckers actually truly know what they’re doing. That was the cool half. The dope was simply the highest layer. Folks thought it was all simply weed and enjoyable, however we actually hustled our approach to that time past n****s who was already on, what I imply? The hustle was loopy.

Curren$y: Cuz that’s actually how motherfuckers was doing it. With only a laptop computer. 

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Wiz Khalifa: He had already freestyled over certainly one of my joints earlier than we even met…

“Folks thought it was all simply weed and enjoyable, however we actually hustled our approach to that time past n****s who was already on, what I imply? The hustle was loopy.” – Wiz Khalifa

Do you keep in mind which one? 

Curren$y: It was “Say Yeah.” As quickly as I noticed the video I used to be like, “Yeah man I’m bout to get this motherfucker.” You was in a limo… [Laughs]. Y’all was crawlin’ round in a limo and shit!

Wiz Khalifa: That was a type of label-y movies the place it was like all people was from the hood, however we have been doing regardless of the label stated… however it was cool, it was enjoyable.

Something you’ll inform your previous selves again ten years in the past should you may?

Curren$y: I don’t know, I do know what I’d inform him although. To not get on that bus in North Carolina. [Khalifa was arrested in Greenville, N.C. following a performance at East Carolina University in 2010.]

Wiz Khalifa: Nah bro, that’s actual.

Curren$y: Like look, don’t get on the bus, they’re about to tear that bitch down. Though…

Wiz Khalifa: That shit did make me hella well-known although.

Curren$y: I’ma provide you with that, however no person desires to see their buddy led off the bus shackled up on digital camera. I don’t care what the top end result was. So I’d undoubtedly say that however then I’d’ve been slowing him down although.

Wiz Khalifa: They tried to fuckin’ lynch me down there, canine.

Curren$y: See? And that’s a lotta shit that I’d slightly have you ever not have gone by means of. At what value man? Certain, it went nuts after that, however I imply you have been gonna write “Black & Yellow” whether or not you bought arrested or not. Pittsburgh was gonna win the sport, and shit was simply gonna go like that.

Wiz Khalifa: They name that shit clout-chasing now…

Curren$y: Fo sho. Now motherfuckers are getting arrested like, “Yo I’m about to tug a Wiz! Arrest me so I can drop my single tomorrow please, no person is aware of me!”

Wiz Khalifa: Yeah not less than my shit was natural. I really feel you although. We may all the time do with out that. 

Curren$y: That’s the one factor that I ever felt like occurred, and that’s only one factor that I by no means forgot. You keep in mind each time your homies go to jail.

Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y are presently on the ‘2009’ Tour by means of March 9. Hearken to the undertaking under and take a look at the tour dates right here.


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