Wiz Khalifa is the stage name of rapper Cameron Jibril Thomaz, who was born on September 8, 1987, in the United States.
He signed with Warner Bros. Records in 2007 after releasing his debut album, Show and Prove, in 2006.
In 2008, his song "Say Yeah," which was inspired by Eurodance and played on urban radio and the Rhythmic Top 40 and Hot Rap Tracks charts, became his first modest hit.
Deal or No Deal, Thomaz's second album, was released in November 2009 after he broke ways with Warner Bros.
He signed with Atlantic Records after making his mixtape Kush and Orange Juice available for free download in April 2010.
With his first song for Atlantic, "Black and Yellow," Thomaz suddenly switched to a more radio-friendly and pop-oriented style.
The song, an ode to his birthplace of Pittsburgh, peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 after debuting at number 100.
Along with the Top 40 songs "Roll Up" and "No Sleep," the song served as the lead single for his third studio album, Rolling Papers, which was released in March 2011.
The success of the album was followed by the release of O.N.I.F.C. in December 2012, which was supported by the singles "Remember You" and "Work Hard, Play Hard" (featuring the Weeknd).
In August 2014, Wiz released his fifth studio album, Blacc Hollywood, which featured the lead track "We Dem Boyz."
He released "See You Again" (with Charlie Puth) in March 2015 for the Furious 7 soundtrack, and the song reached its peak at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 separate weeks.
On September 8, 1987, in Minot, North Dakota, to military parents, Cameron Jibril Thomaz gave birth to Khalifa. When Khalifa was approximately three years old, his parents got divorced.
He was raised by military parents who frequently moved because of their duty. Before relocating to Pittsburgh with his mother in around 1996, Khalifa lived in Germany, the United Kingdom, and Japan.
He then attended Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh. Khalifa started writing and performing his own lyrics before he turned 13. He did this soon after moving to Pittsburgh.
Khalifa, an Arabic word that means "successor," and wisdom, which was abbreviated to Wiz when Khalifa was a little boy, are the origins of his stage name.
According to Khalifa, the moniker also originated from him being referred to as "young Wiz" since he was "excellent at everything he did, and my granddad is Muslim, so he gave me that name; he felt that's what I was doing with my music," according to Spinner.com. On his 17th birthday, he had his stage name inked on his body.
He started regularly recording his music in I.D. labs when he was 15 years old. The studio's administration gave Khalifa permission to record for free since they were so moved by his lyrics.
Benjy Grinberg, president of Rostrum Records, first became aware of Wiz Khalifa in 2004, when the rapper's inclusion on a mixtape featuring a number of up-and-coming Pittsburgh musicians caught his attention.
"Even though he wasn't all the way developed, you could just tell that he was a diamond in the rough," Grinberg later told HitQuarters of the 16-year-old artist.
"With some polishing, guidance, and backing, he could become something special." Soon after, Khalifa joined the label and started a seven-year era of artist development. Prince of the City: Welcome to Pistolvania, Khalifa's debut mixtape, was made available in 2005.
His debut full-length album, Show and Prove, was made possible by the mixtape and was released in 2006. In the same year, Rolling Stone named Khalifa an "artist to watch."
Khalifa joined the Warner Bros.
Records label in 2007 and used Rostrum Records to release two mixtapes: Grow Season, which was hosted by DJ Green Lantern and dropped on July 4, 2007, and Prince of the City 2, which dropped on November 20, 2007.
His debut Warner Bros. single "Say Yeah" peaked at number 20 on Billboard's Hot Rap Tracks and number 25 on the Rhythmic Top 40 music chart.
The song uses a sample of Alice Deejay's "Better Off Alone." On the 2008 album Feed the Animals by Pittsburgh mashup artist Girl Talk, Khalifa's vocals from "Say Yeah" are interspersed with tracks from the Cure's "In Between Days," Usher's "Love in This Club," and the Underworld's "Born Slippy".
On August 2, 2008, Khalifa performed at U92's Summer Jam at the USANA Amphitheatre in West Valley City, Utah, alongside The Game, David Banner, and Play-n-Skillz. On Rostrum Records, Khalifa released the mixtapes Star Power in September 2008 and Flight School in April 2009.
In July 2009, after numerous setbacks with the release of his anticipated debut album for the label, First Flight, Khalifa cut ties with Warner Bros. Records. In an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Khalifa said: "During my time there, I gained a lot of knowledge and developed as an artist.
I'm glad to be moving past all of my coursework and getting the chance to decide what I want to do next. Girl Talk, Modey Lemon, Donora, Grand & Don Caballero on July 31, 2009, at the Amphitheatre at Station Square in Pittsburgh. There, he told Warner Bros. that they were no longer working together.
Early in 2011, Khalifa started dating model Amber Rose. They got hitched on July 8, 2013, after becoming engaged on March 1, 2012. Sebastian Taylor, their only child (born 2013).
Rose made the decision to file for divorce on September 24, 2014, citing irreconcilable differences. Khalifa and Rose share custody of their kids as of 2015.
Khalifa is upfront about using marijuana, and he has stated in numerous interviews that he smokes every day and spends $10,000 a month on it.
Since the beginning of 2014, Khalifa has stopped purchasing marijuana and is supported by The Cookie Company, a dispensary that offers his "Khalifa Kush" (KK) strain, which he co-developed with RiverRock Cannabis.
Additionally, in 2016, Khalifa appeared on a cooking show with Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart where marijuana was the major ingredient.
In May 2017, Khalifa signed up for Brazilian jiu-jitsu lessons with 8th degree red and black belt Rigan Machado. Soon after, he started Muay Thai training at the Unbreakable Performance Center in Los Angeles with former UFC bantamweight title contender Cat Zingano.
Khalifa went to Unbreakable, presented by Yokkao, on April 24, 2018, for a private Muay Thai session with Thai boxing veteran Saenchai.
12-12-12 (December 12, 2012) has been proclaimed Wiz Khalifa Day in Pittsburgh by the city council.
Following his graduation from Pittsburgh's Taylor Allderdice High School, Khalifa bought a house in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, close by, in January 2012.
Baken, Waken (2009)The World Tour of Rolling Papers (2011) Touring Under the Influence of Music (2011, 2012, 2014)Tour, Under the Influence (2013) Boys of Zummer (2015) TourSummer High Road Tour (with Snoop Dogg) (2016) Dazed & Blazed Tour (2018)Suitable Exposure Tour (2019). (2019) Touring in 2009 (with Currensy)Summer Tour of Vinyl Verse (with Logic) (2022)
Wiz Khalifa is thought to have a net worth of $70 million as of October 2022, ranking him among the top 50 richest rappers in the world.
This is what? Wiz Khalifa is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor. He hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.