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Interview:
Wiz Khalifa wants to keep the new music coming
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Wiz Khalifa's Under the Influence of Music Tour lets the rapper showcase some of his favorite other acts, whether it's co-headliner Young Jeezy or the extensive undercard of younger, up-and-coming MCs. And he hopes what happens on stage is more akin to a festival than a standard kind of tour concert.

"I just like the freedom that you have when you do festivals," explains Khalifa, 26 (real name Cameron Thomaz), who broke out with the chart-topping 2010 hit "Black and Yellow," a tribute to his home town Pittsburgh Steelers. "A lot of the people, they might have one or two favorite songs. But to really get them to enjoy a whole set of brand new material and know that you're winning people over is kind of cool."

Khalifa has plenty of new music to offer, too, from his "28 Grams" mixtape that came out in May to fifth album, "Blacc Hollywood," that comes out Aug. 19 and has already spit out the singles "We Dem Boyz," "KK, "Stayin' Out All Night" and "Promises." "I'm going to bring definitely some of the more popular songs because I like to stay current," says Khalifa, who worked with Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Drake, Ty Dolla $ign and others on "Blacc Hollywood." "And I'll also do some other things that people haven't had the chance to see me perform before, so it's all going to be a real current experience."

And, Khalifa adds, maintaining that fresh tip at his shows is essential for both him and his fans.

"I just feel like I've always got to keep creating," he explains. "That's the most important thing is to just give them new material to live by and just keep them informed on what inspires me, and in turn that gives them inspiration."

Under the Influence of Music Tour with Wiz Khalifa, Young Jeezy and more

6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10

DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township

Tickets are $38.75-$102.75 pavilion, $27.50 lawn

Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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