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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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.
U r the best living rapper of al tym Mr Wiz Khalifa | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/18/13
Hey man this is jongilanga Elvis Bafana from south africa,fochville n libode n am 17 yrz old jst wnna tel u congrats on ur new son Mr Wiz...u r ma inspiration,ma mentor alwyz listen 2 al of ur dope tracks man especially ur latest track called "Work hard" it is a smash man.hpe 1 day u wuld cm hear in south africa n hop i culd greet in hand to hand man (cryin) am a rly rly a grt fan....
<3 | Reviewer: Traquilla woodberry | 4/2/13
Omg I love u.. I am so obsessed with your style, music and just everything about u... Keep up the good work.. <3 u for ever lol
Don't need a title just read it. | Reviewer: SHMOOD | 4/2/13
Wiz Khalifa I know your not even gonna reply to this but don't know untill I try. Just wanted for say your my idol & not just mines all the thugs & gangsters & most people from all highschools. Everyone should live it like you "YOUNG, WILD, & FREE". I hope you know you inspire a shit load of people & you have S.W.A.G brah. & das right I'm from Hawaii hawaiian we know beats to & it's all from you brah. Your music is my favorite
& I can just listen to whenever the fuck I want when I'm sad, happy, mad. FUCK whatevers I'm on m way in yor path & honestly it's not a good one but all I know is it's a HELLA FUCKIN FUN ONE xD. My name is Kamaehu DeRamos & I'm a Freshman right now at Waiakea highschool on Hawai'i & I'm 15 I go by Mista SHMOOD or just SHMOOD. remember this & if you EVEr read it You'd make a local boys life by shouting me out on TV or come visit bro that would be PRIME. Well Shootz cuz your my INSPIRATION Wiz Khlaifa. & remember live "YOUNG, WILD, & FREE" xD HAha because you know I will :P
Cameron Thomaz | Reviewer: Kronic&Chicken | 3/26/13
Wassssup Mr Wiz! Your music is dope as a mother fucker! I remember seeing your ass in Indianapolis and you killed that shit.Your life seeens like it would be dope as fuck!Whats it like knowing you have MILLIONS if fans???"Party all day,Party all Night,Say you wanna party lets party all right"<<< I honestly live by this saying..Your lyrics make perfect sense and when kids dis you at my school i tell them to fuck off..Saying shit like your a pothead and anyone who listens to you is a pothead..? Fuck all dem haterz! Weed isnt a fucking drug its a fucking plant!! TOTALLY WISH PEOPLE WOULD UNDERSTAND THAT!! Well peace out nigg and smoke a few for me ;) Btw tell your beautiful wife and kid i said whats up hahaha LATER MAN YOU DA SHIT
weedmylife | Reviewer: hansan | 3/26/13
what up wiz im a big fan i alwayz wanted to become like u smoking weed everywhere no one can do anything i just want to have fun in life like u do when i watch your vidos it looks so fun with your friends and suff smoking wish i would meet u one and hit a cone or j with you
Wiz Khalifa | Reviewer: Cody | 3/21/13
Yo Wiz, I Been With You Since 07 Man. You're Such An Amazing Rapper, I Love Your Music, Every One Says I Dick Ride You, But I Just Say "Fuck Em". They Just Mad, Cause You Live Probably The Best Life Anyone Can Live. You Gotta Beautiful Son, & Wife. You Ain't Got mainstream Shit Either, You Do Shit Your Self. I'm So Happy, That I've Found You. Love You Man
Wizz <33 | Reviewer: Janyea | 3/4/13
Yo Wiz im such a fan! i listen to ur music all day every day i love it and im dyin' to meet you ur my favorate person in da ho world hope to see you at one of ur concerts love you<333
Dont Play Wit Real Taylor Gang Niggaz | Reviewer: Kay Khalifa | 2/28/13
men, u de shit. Its all about taylors, i wish 1day u ll land in africa zambia, to come & sponsor me coz i got 1 to do dat, i got talent men, real cool talent men. I jst wanna make it has u did. Congrats bout yo baby holler at yo taylor gang niggaz, tell'em i said hi?
straight dope. | Reviewer: Chelse, Rapid City, SD | 2/26/13
i know ima girl and im only 18 but i love rapping and listening to your lyrics. i love smoking weed and selling it and i can relate to everything you ap about. my boyfriend trys to but hes not as good as me. but keep it tight, congrats on your son!
p.s come to rapid city south dakota sometime, it would be tight
crazy beats | Reviewer: zane | 1/27/13
Well I hv been listen to all of your music from your mixtapes.You really rock man ur music is best same as ur swag even nw my freinds they even cal me Khalifa becus every thing I do is you I even use to cal my grlfrnd Amber Rosse and shit is crazy.Is the way I dig u man you really hv got the First CLass SwAg.
favorite rapper EVER | Reviewer: Robbie | 1/17/13
Wiz, ur the best in the world, i listen to ur music every day all day, i love smokin to the song "smoking on". your just pure genius, ur music is amazing, also ur song "no sleep" is 100 percent badass, hope one day u can make a special appearance in Allegan MI, until then, cya G
inspiration. | Reviewer: Dar | 12/19/12
Your seriously my idol. i thought it was the cutest thing ever when i read that you found it hard to become attached to anybody because you kept switching schools. i love your music. when i wake uo and do my makeup i listen to your music, and when i go to bed i listen to it. and when i do homework, ect. it just makes perfect sense to me. and relates so much. Lovee youuu.
My Favorite Rapper | Reviewer: Deaira | 12/12/12
Wiz I Love You So Much, I Wake Up To Your Music & Go To Sleep To It! I Love Your Swag! When You Came To The Rave In miwaukee For Your Tour 2050 I Was So Excited To See You! I Hope Oneday To Meet You & Promise It Will Be Very Soon!
#1 Fan. | Reviewer: John P JR. | 12/9/12
Your music is amazing it give's me wings. Your music is the source of my youth.
Keep going hard on them bro'
Hope to see you soon
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