Wiz Khalifa made headlines earlier this week when he told his fans that lean is lame.
In a PSA on his Instagram page a few days ago, Wiz called out rappers who regularly brags about drinking lean, also known as sizzurp. “When a lot of people follow one trend, or find themselves doing the same thing that everybody else is doing, you don’t really get somebody who speaks for the other side,” Khalifa said. “So I’m just going to go ahead and speak for the other side – lean is lame.”
Since Wednesday night, hip hop has been mourning the death of rising SoundCloud rapper Lil Peep who passed away of apparent drug overdose from anxiety med Xanax. His death renewed the call for young rappers to stay off drugs amidst a growing opioid epidemic in America. In an interview with Complex, Wiz Khalifa also spoke on the young rapper’s death and what it means for hip hop and drug use.
“I just feel like somebody has to speak up for people who don’t believe in that, or are really tired of seeing it,” the “See You Again” rapper said. “It’s unfortunate that Lil Peep had to die and stuff like that, but these are the things people are gonna start seeing and keep happening if they don’t really relax and fall back. I just want to be the responsible person and say something.”
Wiz also said that he got a couple friends that are drinking lean to this day and he tells them all the time that it’s wack. Perhaps Wiz Khalifa will bring more responsible rappers on board for a case to put an end to drug use in the culture and stop more young men and women from dying from drug overdose. Lil Peep is just the latest victim among celebrities, but ordinary people die everyday from drug use.
Watch the interview below and the video Wiz posted on IG.