Inside Wiz Khalifa's Listening Party for His New Album, Khalifa
ICYMI, on Wednesday night, music industry revelers and Wiz Khalifa fangirls gathered at 63 Gansevoort Street in downtown Manhattan for an exclusive first-listen of the rapper's upcoming album (appropriately named Khalifa). As guests approached the venue—formerly occupied by Bar Naná—they were greeted by a gigantic cardboard cut-out of the cover, assuring them that they were undoubtedly in the right place, and then, like clockwork, flutes of rosé Champagne cocktails.
Inside, dozens of partygoers awaited Khalifa's arrival, keeping themselves occupied by taking photos in an animated photobooth and, for the ultra-daring, getting a tattoo of their choosing in front of the crowd, courtesy of Bang Bang. About an hour into the event, the man of the hour arrived, enveloped in a cloud of smoke with Amber Rose, his ex-girlfriend and mother to son, Sebastian, in tow, and all 13 tracks off Khalifa promptly followed.
"I named the album 'Khalifa' because it came from my heart," Khalifa told the uproarious crowd, who subsequently swayed back and forth to tracks with titles like "BTS," "Celebrate," and Elevated"—and sipped cocktails out of styrofoam cups named after each one. The songs, for the most part, were reminiscent of "Bake Sale," his new single with Travis Scott, as opposed to hits with more anthemic choruses. But perhaps he summed it up best: "You might not like it now, but you'll like it later."