Wiz Khalifa on Living in Japan as a Kid | Joe Rogan

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Wiz Khalifa is a rapper, singer, songwriter and actor. His new documentary "Wiz Khalifa: Behind the Cam" is available now.

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Because people aren't tested out here. Like by climate. Yeah, yup. On the east coast they're tested by climate. Yeah, yup. That winder comes, that snowy wind comes. You gotta get the fuck inside. You gotta winterize your car. Yeah. Gotta get snow tires. Yeah. That's real. My fuckers out here don't know about that. They don't know. Hell no. They don't know. 350 tornadoes last week. Where? Yeah, I heard about that. In the Midwest, wherever, tornado alley kinda. Shit! They got fucked up man. Yeah, yeah. Damn! That was like Ohio and where else? Kentucky I think? Yep. A bunch of... They just handing out tornadoes. Missouri got hit hard. Yeah man. I mean, I don't know if that's really because of climate change. Those are ramping up. But if they ramp up in unprecedented levels like that and it becomes impossible to live in Ohio or Kentucky or anywhere where there's tornadoes. Can you imagine how nuts that is? If we find out that the center of the country is just tornado, like a tornado bowling area. Wow. That would be fucked. Just a bowl filled with tornadoes. In Florida, you're just dodging hurricanes most of the year. They just get lucky if it doesn't happen where you are. Yeah, you get lucky. Whatever. Yeah, you're a dick sticking out into the ocean and it's right where all the tornadoes get formed or all the hurricanes get formed. They all get formed there. That's where they all go. Yep. Because it's like warmer waters, right? Here we go. It just started right here. Yeah, fuck hurricanes. I've been in a little baby hurricane before and I was living in Boston, which is pretty far away from the ocean in terms of where my house was. And it's still, it was like, wow. And I was a little baby one. It was nothing. By the time it got to us, it was nothing. I lived in Japan for two years and they used to have some crazy fucking earthquakes over there. Oh, really? Why you were there? Yeah, they had earthquakes and typhoons. You saw both? Yeah. Fuck. What was the earthquake like? Bad. You've never been in one here? Yeah, I've been a baby one. I've been in a 5.5. Bro, I'm talking about whole room just shaking. It's like a riot at Universal because you see shit moving. It's like, damn, is this really happening? And the shit happens, bro. The earthquakes over there are insane. Wow. Yeah, yep. And they get some crazy rain when the typhoons come. That shit gets really violent too. Yeah. Yeah, yep. These are... they hold it down. What were you doing living over there? My parents are military. My mom was in there for a little bit, but then she got out and then my dad was in there. He got out but remarried. So that's how I stayed in the military thing was my stepmom. And I would move... We would live on base for like two years or whatever and then I would move back with my mom. Wow. What was it like living in Japan as a young guy? It was crazy. It was fun. In the late 90s. So it was like when technology was first changing, like music was just now going into MP3s and shit like that. So there was that. Pokemon was really popular over there. It was fun like just being a kid, like running around, fucking it up in Japan. It was cool, man. It was fun as hell. That's an interesting little extra level to your brain, right? Yeah, yeah, yeah. It was fun. It was fun. It was fun. It was fun. It was fun. It was fun. It was fun. It was fun. It was fun. It was fun. It was fun. It was fun. It was fun. It was fun. It was fun. It was fun. It was fun. It was fun. It was fun. It was fun. It was fun. It was fun. It was fun. It was fun. It was fun. It was fun. It was fun. It was fun. It was fun. It was fun. It was fun. It was fun. It was fun. It was fun. It was fun. I was on TV, regular TV. They don't have any American TV stations. Oh, wow. So for two years I was just like ... Disconnected? Yeah, I didn't have shit. Yep, it was crazy. So this is before Netflix and everything, too, right? Oh, yeah. Divided. Or YouTube. Wow, that's amazing. Yeah. That's probably really good for you. No, it sucked. I couldn't watch wrestling. I bet it was really good for your brain. No. You know what I think, Sam? I need my entertainment man, fuck that, you know? I need to be a part of the world. I couldn't buy all the CDs and shit that everybody was listening to, it was wack. Did you learn to speak Japanese? Just a little bit. Yeah? Yeah, yeah. Wow. Baby Japanese just to get around and shit, but I forgot it though. You forgot it all? Not all of it, well, it'll come back if I like, you know what I mean? You run me through it, but I can't sit here and say no Japanese words. How hard was it to learn? It wasn't difficult. No? Nah, nah, it's not difficult. Reading it is difficult. Oh, different? Because they have symbols or characters, so it's like one character means like three of our words. Oh, wow. Yeah, yep. And then they have like three different styles of writing it too, so it's like we have print and cursive. Oh no. They have three different ones. Oh, that sounds so annoying. Yeah, it's weird. Well, on one hand you don't want it to go away, because it's an ancient language, but on another hand you're like, can you clean this up, simplify this shit for me? I honestly think they got it down pat, you know what I'm saying? They don't even want us to have a fucking know that shit, you know what I'm saying? Like at the end of the day, they're like we'll learn English if we want to, but if you want to learn Japanese, it's going to be difficult, bro. I want to learn some Asian language because I'm fascinated by reading like Twitter messages. You know how many more characters they had? They can write books, 140 characters, how many words is that though? That's a lot of fucking words. If it's 280, I mean 280 of those Asian, with those Chinese or Japanese, those little symbols, that's a lot of talking, man. Yeah, man. It's hard to put the ingredients on shit. Oh yeah, I would imagine. Do they have symbols for numbers or just use numbers? I forgot what the numbers look like. I think it's symbols. Really? Yeah, I don't imagine that as like one, two, and three. Oh wow, right. Yeah, I think it's something. I never even thought of that. What does, let's go with Japanese. Does Japanese, does the Japanese language have symbols that represent numbers? Like you would write the letters, the letters T-H-R-E-E for three, like that. Like you would write three or you'd be the number three. Do they have that in Japanese? No, because Japanese is like each, each knee, son, she. There's different, different, whole different words for it. So it's like one is itchy. So however the symbol, however you spell that in Japanese, I'm starting to kind of remember what it looks like now. Do you think if you could move back there right now, you'd just get right back into swinging things after a while? Sure. David Lee Roth moved there. Van Halen, the lead singer of Van Halen, he moved down there and took kendo lessons. He lived there for like more than a year. I would probably appreciate it more now as an adult. You think so? Yeah, yup. Because as a kid, you kind of just want to run wild and do everything that you see on TV. Oh, so you must be annoyed that you're stuck there. It was kind of weird, you know what I mean? It was 13, like, wanting to like go crazy. It was fun for a little while, but yeah, you want to go back home and shit, like, you know what I mean? Yeah, of course. But as an adult, I feel like I would, I would benefit a lot more from it.