Wiz Khalifa and Kanye West playing the media

Wiz Khalifa (left) and Kanye West both have album releases in February. This album is Khalifa's sixth and West's seventh. (Wikimedia Commons - see credits at bottom of article)

Wiz Khalifa (left) and Kanye West both have album releases in February. This album is Khalifa’s sixth and West’s seventh. (Wikimedia Commons – see credits at bottom of article)

Both artists have been dominating headlines just prior to their albums releasing

Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa are making headlines again, this time to open up about West’s apology to Khalifa and to promote both of their upcoming albums. This comes just days after the two found themselves trending on Twitter after taking shots at each other over social media.

“We chopped it up, squashed it,” West said about the feud in a radio interview.

Khalifa, age 28, started this whole thing off by expressing his dislike of West’s, 38, new name for his upcoming album, now titled “Waves.”

“Please don’t take the wave,” Khalifa tweeted. “Max B is the wavy one. There is no wave without him.”

Max B is a rapper from Harlem, New York who started the “wavy” movement and is currently incarcerated. He has a documentary, also titled “Waves,” set to release the same day as West’s new album.

Khalifa continued to lobby West to go back to his previous album name, “Swish,” with still no response from him. West finally engaged in the 140 character fight after he mistakenly thought Khalifa talked about his wife, Kim Kardashian, when he posted a tweet with “kk’ in it.

“Hit this kk and become yourself,” Khalifa posted on Twitter.

The tweet is most likely referencing “Khalifa Kush,” a strain of weed named after the rapper, and not Kim Kardashian like West thought. Khalifa even has a song with Juicy J and Project Pat titled “KK” off of his last album Blacc Hollywood.

In response, West blasted of a series of tweets in which he numerically insults pretty much every aspect of Khalifa’s life from his music to his child.

“Second, your first single was corny as fuck and most there after,” West tweeted, and tweeted again. “7th I am your OG and I will be respected as such.”

“13th You own waves???? I own your child!!!!” West posted referring to Khalifa’s child with Amber Rose who is one of West’s exes.

During this epic tirade, West seemed to have missed one tweet from Khalifa that clarified what “kk” actually meant and why West should go his other album name.

“KK is weed fool. Reason’s why your not wavy. Go bacc to Swish.” Tweeted Khalifa.

West actually admitted on social media that he misunderstood the reference to “kk” and turned the attention back on promoting his new album.

“I’m happy that I now know that KK means weed… please excuse the confusion … now back to #WAVES” West tweeted.

That tweet from West along with his quick apology and Khalifa’s warm reception of it, lead me to believe this was all a publicity stunt. Engineered by marketing genius Kanye West and timed perfectly with their album releases.

Cries for attention are not unusual for West, who received “bad” publicity for taking the microphone away from Taylor Swift, a country pop star, at the 2009 MTV VMA’s.

The Twitter battle that had hip-hop fans choosing sides achieved exactly what it was intended to: to encourage consumers to think about Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa more than they already do.

Photo credit:

(Kanye West) By David Shankbone (David Shankbone) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

(Wiz Khalifa) By ThecomeupshowUploaded by MyCanon  [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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