Wiz Khalifa Biography
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Cameron Jibril Thomaz (born September 8, 1987 in Minot, North Dakota), better known by his stage name Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, signed to Rostrum Records. In 2005 he released his first official mixtape, Prince of the City: Welcome to Pistolvania, and later in 2006 he released his first full length street album entitled Show and Prove. Since then he has released a further six mixtapes and a collaboration mixtape titled How Fly with friend Curren$y. He released his debut album, Deal or No Deal, in November of 2009, it reached #1 on the iTunes hip hop chart, and then reached the top ten on iTunes’ overall album chart the week it was released. Previously signed to Warner Bros. Records, he left the label in July 2009 after numerous delays in releasing his planned debut album for the label, First Flight. Khalifa stated to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that, “I learned a lot during my time there and matured as an artist during the process. I’m happy to be moving on with all of my material and having the chance to be in control of my next moves”.He is also the founder of the rap crew Taylor Gang, which includes friends Kev Tha Hustler, Ekko, Smallz Money and Gene Stovall. They derived the name from the fact they always used to wear Chuck Taylor shoes.
Khalifa was born on September 8, 1987 in Minot, North Dakota to a mother and a father serving in the military. The family moved to Pittsburgh when Khalifa was the age of two. His parents’ military service caused the family to move on a regular basis.
Over the next thirteen years, he would move between Pittsburgh and South Carolina, Georgia, Oklahoma, Germany, Japan, and England as his parents were reassigned to different posts. In October of 1990 Wiz was separated from his mother,who left him in the hands of her sister while she served in Operation Desert Storm.
During his travels, Wiz was forced to mature quicker than his peers. He was constantly faced with new surroundings, new schools, and new sets of friends, and he found it difficult to become attached to anyone outside his family roots. This nomadic life gave Wiz an opportunity, though, to broaden his mind and offered him many experiences from which to draw inspiration. He began to perceive the world differently than most kids, and he would write his thoughts down every day.These thoughts would become the foundation for his future recordings.
By the age of 14, with a few songs under his belt, Wiz was already drawing comparisons with his commanding voice and witty wordplay. While he has been influenced by artists such as Jay-Z, Camron, and the Notorious B.I.G., Wiz was determined to create his own identity that would, one day, be loved and revered by fans.
Ready to take the next step, Wiz began his search for a recording studio to record new songs. He found one, ID LABS, where owner Eric Dan immediately recognized Wiz’s talents. Along with Chad Glick of ID Management, they began to network Wiz to another Pittsburgh native, Benjy Grinberg of Rostrum Records. Benjy realized the raw talent that Wiz possessed, and immediately brought him into the Rostrum family in 2002.
Soon after, Wiz Khalifa began his ascent into the music scene in the Pittsburgh area. He has been hailed by the award winning Pittsburgh Post-Gazette pop music critic, Ed Masley, as having “the skills, the looks, the confidence, the drive, and the charisma for the job.” The New Pittsburgh Courier says, “The combination of a young, charismatic M.C. with a slew of stop-and-rewind rhymes together with a local independent label with major industry connections has set the stage for a hip-hop artist representing Pittsburgh to reach superstar status for the first time ever.
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Pittsburgh has long been searching for its first major Hip Hop star. Some have flirted with success, while others have floundered in the masses. At the age of 19, Wiz Khalifa has developed into the prodigy that Pittsburgh has been looking for, and he plans to represent his city to the fullest.
Born Cameron Thomaz in North Dakota in 1987 to a mother and father serving in the military, Wiz moved to Pittsburgh at the age of 2. Over the next thirteen years, he would move between Pittsburgh and South Carolina, Georgia, Oklahoma, Germany, Japan, and England as his parents were reassigned to different posts.
In October of 1990, Wiz was separated from his mother, who left him in the hands of her sister while she served in Operation Desert Storm. During his travels, Wiz was forced to mature quicker than his peers. He was constantly faced with new surroundings, schools, and friends, making it difficult to become attached to anyone outside family. Nomadic life, though, gave Wiz an opportunity to broaden his mind and offered many experiences from which to draw inspiration. He began to perceive the world differently than most kids and this motivated him to write his thoughts down every day. These thoughts would become the foundation for his future recordings.
By the age of 14, with a few songs under his belt, Wiz was drawing comparisons with his commanding voice and witty wordplay. While artists such as Jay-Z, Snoop, Cam’ron, and the Notorious B.I.G. have influenced him, Wiz was determined to create his own identity that would, one day, be loved and revered by fans.
Ready to take the next step, Wiz began his search for a new recording studio in Pittsburgh. He found ID LABS, where owner Eric Dan immediately recognized Wiz’s talents. Along with Chad Glick of ID Labs Management, they began to network Wiz to another Pittsburgh native, Benjy Grinberg of Rostrum Records. Benjy realized the raw talent that Wiz possessed, and immediately brought him into the Rostrum family. Rostrum released Show and Prove, as well as 3 other mixtapes, and began their ascent into the National music scene. Not long after, Wiz was inking his first major label contract with Warner Bros. Records.
This year, XXLmag.com ran a feature on Wiz stating that “his buzz has officially started to outgrow the streets.” After rave reviews from his first debut single “Youngin On His Grind,” Wiz premiered his follow up “Say Yeah” on AllHipHop.com.
People usually struggle their whole lives trying to figure out how they can make their mark on this world, but Wiz has known his calling for years and is crafting his future with pen and pad.
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Idol | Reviewer: Musa | 8/11/14
Sup Wiz im not going to be like the other people committing "oh wiz ima be like u cuz im good" ima be honest with you i would love to be you who wouldn't but the type of rapper you are your the one and only so this is to the people who say ima be like wiz keep dreaming love you wiz keep it up and hopefully if im lucky i'd love to follow in the foot steps of you but if i dont make it i wont be surprised i mean look at you your amazing
nigga turn up!!!!' | Reviewer: six (6) | 8/2/14
Wiz u da boss..and i'll be telling u this am walking in your steps so just look out for the name six cause am coming and am gonna come hard..and i would even make my own gang like u!!!am high and am out
omggggg!! | Reviewer: Autumn Marie Hamilton | 6/12/14
omgggggg. wiz khalifa , you are my obsession . im completely obsessed with you ( dont take it the wrong way lol ) . im like in love with youuuu. your like awesome . you are my inspiration , my idol . i cant even go a day without listening to youuu rap ( i even listen to you during school ) . one day , we're gonna meet & hang out b/c im gonna be a rapper just like you & we can have a rap battle b/c im a pretty awesome rapper . im the best girl rapperrrr :) . well yeahhh , your just so perfect . i wanna be like you when i get older . b/c your like yeah , ya know . . perfection ... yahhhh , ok. ( #1 fan is me ) byeeee :P
a quotes 4rm me | Reviewer: Anthony sarfo | 3/20/14
man I ga to tell u,u aa wow keep it up,I ve to listen to ur track homicide before I wake up4rm bed,I want to tell is fuck all rappers and do ur thing Cos we ga support 4 u man.I wish to see u oneday here in Ghana Cos dere aa more dudes waiting 4 ur service.TGOD 4ever.str8........wiz khalifa
Real Inspiration | Reviewer: young khalifa | 3/17/14
Yooo wiz you inspire me with every song you release since your first album bro. I wish I can be in the rap business with you cuz I really need to make it out and be successful just like you wiz... I understand every word you put into your songs.... I feel you broo... Too bad we can't meet you or anything but if I did I'd be fukin happy af'
THUGANDWEEDLIFE | Reviewer: Jazminne Cordero | 2/19/14
I swear wiz khalifa is one of those people I look up too. He's an amazing rapper. His quotes touch me so much and haters gonna hate you know but he has his head up high and don't give a fuck to what other people say about him. Yeh he smokes and get high I do that so what fuck haters. Wiz keep doing what ur doing cause I'm proud of you no matter wat you do. Dope Out
you the best | Reviewer: scoop | 12/25/13
bro you my inspiration. i hope i be like you someday. you look so cool with your tattoo's. i listen to your music all day man. you look like snoop dogg to me. i would love to see you at a show. and i would like to see you in person
Lovin' ya iz all 'm doin here..........dying for u Nigga. I really Love, Like, Need, Cherish nd Adore u Nigga. | Reviewer: Mubaraq Bawa | 11/7/13
Yo Jibril Thomaz a.k.a Wiz Khalifa! Nigga really love ya lyrics nd ya voice killing me slowly. Everytime I listen your song used to get weak. Suprisingly! No any song of any Musician ever made me feel this way. Your pic iz always ma DP nd used to make ma status from ur sweed SONGs. How I wish I could see ya face physically.......haa! That day would be ma fuckin' happiest day. To the untrained eye u da best cause ur such an AMAZING RaPpeR whose songs are loved by almost every living BODY. Pussy, Money, Weed nd Codein are the half of big boys' life........do U??? Wish success in all u do. 3_3_3_33_3_3_3_3_3_3_3_3_3_3 Nigga. "Work Hard_Play Hard ma best song so far.
i lyk u wiz kay | Reviewer: al ameen hassan jos | 11/3/13
u're such an amazing rapper wiz,i've been with u since 08,nd i've been listen to tracks,i love u more than any other rapper in the whole universe nd i really love ur swags...lyk ya nd ya family
HEYYYYYY WIZZZZZ | Reviewer: moniiiii | 10/16/13
TO BE HONEST,WIZ U THE BEST U BETTER THAN WAYNE,OMGG I WAS IN LOVE WITH WAYNE BUT, MY BESTFRIEND ENCOURAGED ME TO LOVE YOU I LIKE YOU MORE THAN WAYNE IM SO GLAD MY BESTFRIEND ENCOURAGE ME TO LIKE YOU I LOVE YOUR MUSIC I MAY BE 13 AAND A GIRL BUT WHO CARES,I LOVE YOU WIZ AND GOD KNOW I DO <3<3<3<3<3
#LIVE YOUNG,WILD,AND FREEEEEE
I Love You | Reviewer: Shakeila | 10/8/13
Your The S.H.I.T
Tell Amber She's Lucky Cause You Were Supposed To Marry Me & That Was Supposed To Be Our Baby Lbs But Still Love You Cause Amber's Gorgeous!!!
-Love Shakeila #1 Fan Forever
you are the best its ever been | Reviewer: goodman | 9/1/13
wass up wiz man jst wanted to tell you dat ur music iz d best you are ma inspiration man living young,wild n free i planted one n smoke more weed is a plant not a drug i luv how you do you lyk ur style you got d S:W:A:G dawg hala in south africa if you can
Wizkhalifa biggest FAN | Reviewer: princesssaira | 9/1/13
Wiz we love you so much i hope you get a concert here in the philippines everydy when i went in school i brought some pictures of you and a mini headset which i play your songs :) my notebooks and ballpens had a pictures of you :) i will support you wiz iloveyou <3<3
#1 Fan /#Team'Khalifa /#Weed?Niqqah That's My Life ! | Reviewer: Alexandria'Love | 6/30/13
Cameron Jabril Thomaz ( wiz khalifa) I Love Yu Sooo Much Omqq I Can't Explain. your Music Is Awesome ! Nd That's All I Listen To .Your Music Calms Me Dwn When I'm Mad Nd I'd Also Keeps Me Mello :) Omqq Wiz Khalifa I Just Love Yu Mayne ! Yu Are My Inspiration Nd My Hero !!!! I Listen Tu Your Music 24/7 Nothinq Else ! People May Say That Yu Are A Weed Head But I Sayy Fuck Yu Nd He's Not But Wiz. I Just Love You <3
Am in 2 u ma man | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/5/13
Wiz man u d nigga out der ah wnt u 2 keep doin wat u've gat,man No sleep jez party all nite coz girlz re all arnd dah corner.Wiz ah reali wish u cn cum down 2 Nigeria u've gat xo many dude waitn dwn here 4 u,stay tyt nd keep on doin d best dat u gat.
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