With a stream of artists and bands on his DCD2 Records label, the talented bassist is also quite the businessman and art enthusiast. Rapper Wiz Khalifa recently caught up with his tour mate while on the road to discuss life, music, art, and maintaining it all.
Story by Wiz Khalifa | Photography by Miguel Starcevich | Styling by Darius Baptist | Grooming Pricilla Pae
Wiz: From your perspective what would you say was your best experience from the Boys of Zummer tour?
Pete: It had to be a good time for everyone. Playing for your fans as well as ours. I think it made for an awesome mix, therefore making for a great show. Some times when you’re an artist you get into the habit of preaching to the choir so to speak, but I really think this made for a great show.
Wiz: What are some of the highlights for you?
Pete: I always like getting on the bus and just traveling to the different cities and venues. Each tour is like a time capsule, a polaroid, or a special moment one night in each city. Yes it’s the same show, but every city, every venue is different. I always look forward to hanging with the people.
Wiz: Let’s talk music for a moment. Looking back how was the recording process of American Beauty/American Psycho different from your last projects?
Pete: We actually recorded this project on the road. That was different for us. This is totally a record that was done on the road. We stepped out of comfort zone for this one.
Wiz: I would assume you’re pleased with the results?
Wiz: Why the title American Beauty/ American Psycho?
Pete: The juxtaposition of a beautiful thing against an insane thing. Everyone has a beautiful and crazy side within themselves in one way or another. How did you come up with Blacc Hollywood?
Wiz: (Laughs) That title came from me and my homies rolling around Hollywood doing our thing, fucking things up because no one ever expected us to be doing what we’re doing today. The more I thought about it I realized it’s our lifestyle and everything that we do. That is what Blacc Hollywood meant to me. I don’t know what the hell I’m gonna name my next project, how about you?
Pete: I always come up with crazy titles in the middle of the night, so we’ll see.
Wiz: Did you know “Centuries”, would be a hit when you recorded it?
Pete: It’s easier for me to hear a hit from someone else versus myself. To me it’s always about creating and the process. Of course you want people to like it but you never know.
Wiz: You’re completely right with that. When you’re making a song you hope that it will be a hit, but you never really know what people will like. Man, the song “Uma Thurman”, was another hit for you guys. How did you come up with that one, and did anyone ask her (Uma Thurman) permission?
Pete: We came up with it from a sample we used from the television show The Munsters, and when people heard it they kept saying the song was cool as in (Quentin) Tarantino cool, so we thought we would build around that. Uma Thurman is beautiful and was such a badass in Kill Bill, so it just made sense. Yes we did get permission to use her name for the song.