When an artist of Drake’s caliber expresses interest in having a fellow rap peer join an upcoming tour, most would leap at the opportunity. Not Wiz Khalifa though. The Atlantic Records signee politely declined the Toronto MC’s offer to have him jump aboard his “Lights Dreams and Nightmares” tour with the Clipse.
During Drake’s Ustream broadcast last week, the rapper shared his desire to have Khalifa perform alongside him during his new tour. The 22-year-old Pittsburgh native was honored but felt the idea was premature.
“Just the fact of cuz even extending his hand and me being on his radar is tight, to me,” Wiz told XXLMag.com. “It just lets me know that I’m doin’ what I need to be doin’ as far as stayin’ relevant and stayin’ poppin’. But I think to keep me poppin’ and keep me relevant I gotta stay buildin’ on top of what I’m doin’ and what I been doin’. No disrespect to cuz or anybody else who might wanna see me do some more collaborative things, but to keep buildin’ and keep my brand as strong as what it is, I gotta keep focusin’ on what it is.”
Wiz will embark on his own solo tour, titled “Waken Baken,” which hits more than 55 cities across the U.S. beginning in September. The Kush and Orange Juice mixtape creator hopes to successful complete that endeavor before collaborating with the likes of Drake. But he’s not totally nixing the idea.
“This is my first tour that I got comin’ up, the Waken Baken tour, I gotta at least kick that off and make that it what it is so we can do ten more,” he said. “I’m real happy for Drake and real proud of Drake. I was lookin’ on the Internet and [he] made $10 million this year. So maybe when I make $10 Million then we can tour.”