Wiz Khalifa
Rapper
Wiz Khalifa
Cameron Jibril Thomaz, better known by the stage name Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper. He released his debut album, Show and Prove, in 2006, and signed to Warner Bros. Records in 2007. His Eurodance-influenced single, "Say Yeah", received urban radio airplay, charting on the Rhythmic Top 40 and Hot Rap Tracks charts in 2008. Khalifa parted with Warner Bros. and released his second album, Deal or No Deal, in November 2009.
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From Kimye vs. Taylor to Kimye vs. Bette Midler: The best celebrity feuds of 2016
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For a lot of us, famous and normals alike, 2016 was a narrative we would like to be excluded from and that we never asked to be a part of.  But if nothing else, it was a great year for celebrity gossip. Thanks to social media, egos and impulse control had a banner year — for better and most certainly for worse. Here are the best celebrity feuds of a very petty year. 6. Selena Gomez vs. Justin Bieber Image: darren calabres/AP Jelena is over, but the wounds haven't healed. Gomez defended Beliebers that were upset by a series of photos Bieber Instagrammed of his girl of the moment, Sofia Richie, commenting, "If you can't handle the hate then stop posting pictures of your girlfriend lol." Bieber responded writing, "It's funny to see people that used me for attention and still try to point the finger this way. Sad. All love." Eventually, Gomez Snapchatted an apology, because feuds are now a cross-platform affair.  Bieber eventually deleted his Instagram account and Gomez went on a social me ...
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An Edited (But Very Long) List of Things Kanye West Said In 2016 - Billboard
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Billboard An Edited (But Very Long) List of Things Kanye West Said In 2016 Billboard In his rare down moments between masterminding an acclaimed album, groundbreaking tour and controversial fashion show, Kanye West somehow found time to opine on everything from the election to Wiz Khalifa's pants. TWITTER. I have no interest in ... Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Are Planning on Spending the Holidays Together as a Family: SourcePEOPLE.com Kim Kardashian Isn't Cheating on Kanye West and Here's Why It Matters in Our Current Political ClimateMediaite Did Kanye and Trump Trade Jewish Gossip — or Just Say 'L'Chaim'?Forward The Hollywood Gossip -Mic -In Touch Weekly -RadarOnline all 305 news articles »
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Smoke Some Trees With Master P
Huffington Post - 3 months
The original No Limit Soldier, Master P has now joined a list of rappers including - Snoop Dogg, Ghostface Killah and Wiz Khalifa in evolving the cannabis industry. The statement released from the brands website MasterPsTrees.com describes Master P's Trees as a "complete lifestyle" with products ranging from traditional flowers to edibles and "now it's also focused on turning green into liquid gold; by revolutionizing the vape trend." (Image: http://masterpstrees.com/) To go along with his "gold vape oil" Master P also has a gold vape pen and oil flavors including Sweet Tea, Red Velvet, Peach Cobler and others. On his latest venture Master P had this to say: for as long as I can remember cannabis has been around, helping medical patients and now it's a legal lifestyle. I'm happy to be an innovator in this movement, and to offer a healthier option with our edible grade oils and pioneering the vape movement is what Master P's TREES is all about. Interested in learni ...
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The Ridiculous Reason People Are Mom-Shaming Amber Rose
Huffington Post - 3 months
After sharing a video of her son at the nail salon, Amber Rose is facing backlash and mom-shaming. On Tuesday, Amber Rose posted a video of her 3-year-old son Sebastian getting a mani-pedi. In the video, the toddler says he’s excited to get his nails done and picked the color orange like a pumpkin. Pumpkin nails with Mr Skully Bones #HalloweenisNeverOveratOurHouse We encourage our children to paint, draw and be creative so why block them from their creativity when it comes to self expression? Fuck society standards and gender roles! Let your children be great! A video posted by Amber Rose (@amberrose) on Nov 8, 2016 at 7:30am PST “Pumpkin nails with Mr Skully Bones #HalloweenisNeverOveratOurHouse” Rose wrote in the caption. “We encourage our children to paint, draw and be creative so why block them from their creativity when it comes to self expression? Fuck society standards and gender roles! Let your children be great!” she added. Rose’s ...
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All the weed references in 'Martha and Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party' premiere
Yahoo News - 4 months
On Martha and Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party , they really put the pot in potluck. Technically, it's a cooking competition show, but that's primarily just a method of assigning some kind of structure to a show about famous people hanging out with each other and giving fans insights on their lifestyles. So naturally, weed comes up a lot.  SEE ALSO: Your Election Day guide to recreational marijuana On the first episode, in which Snoop and Martha battle in the kitchen to determine whose fried chicken is more lit, Wiz Khalifa, Ice Cube and Seth Rogen stop by to judge the competition, but mostly chat. The set, a kitchen before a live audience, is decked out with illuminated green plants.  Image: brandon williams/vh1 Over cocktails — featuring gin and juice, duh — we learn about their lives. Wiz and Snoop, apparently, went on a journey to rid their bodies of toxins together, and Stewart has killed a chicken herself. "I fed it some vodka and then I cut off its head," she reveals, as casually as ...
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Remy Ma And Fat Joe Just Gave New Yorkers The Reunion Set Of Their Dreams
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Brooklyn’s Barclays Center was filled with star power on Thursday, but it was Remy Ma and Fat Joe who stole the show.  The annual Powerhouse show, which was hosted by NYC’s Power 105.1, featured some of the biggest hip-hop and R&B hitmakers and up-and-comers. The Bronx natives took to the stage midway through the show ― following performances from Ayo Jay, Young M.A, Desiigner and Wiz Khalifa. Fat Joe performed songs like “What’s Luv” and “Lean Back” before a cleverly rehearsed moment where Joe called Remy to come on stage for her verse of the song. The crowd erupted in cheers as the MC graced the stage.  Flanked by her dancers clad in all black, Remy commanded attention. Her incredible stage presence vibrated through the arena, showing that her stint in prison had done nothing to diminish her skills or the dedication from fans. After she played “Whuteva” and “Conceited,” DJ Khaled appeared on stage to perform “For Free,” “All I Do Is Win” and “I Got The Keys.” Remy’s hu ...
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Sugar, We're Going Back To 2005 With This Fall Out Boy Clip
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Here's What Celebrities Had To Say During The Second Presidential Debate
Huffington Post - 5 months
During the second presidential debate on Sunday night, celebrities took to Twitter to share their thoughts on everything from Donald Trump to Donald Trump to Donald Trump.  After the fallout from the release of that lewd video, it was hard to watch Trump discuss “locker room talk” in the same breath as “I respect women” ― and celebrities agreed.   Here are some of the things they had to say while the debate was going on: #NeverTrump pic.twitter.com/zzGBzaZuWx — Emily VanCamp (@EmilyVanCamp) October 10, 2016 The slight swaying in place -- is Trump drugged? This has a Dayquil/Xanax feel. He's certainly not answering the question. #debates — Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) October 10, 2016 I feel as if Trump just turned to dust right now, no one would really be that surprised. — scott foley (@scottkfoley) October 10, 2016 I have NEVER been prouder to stand WITH HER. — Emmy Rossum (@emmyrossum) October 10, 2016 ...
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Here's What Celebrities Had To Say During The Second Presidential Debate
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Amber Rose Accuses Ex Wiz Khalifa of Slut Shaming Her Amid Threesome Confession - E! Online
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E! Online Amber Rose Accuses Ex Wiz Khalifa of Slut Shaming Her Amid Threesome Confession E! Online Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa have taken to Twitter to air their grievances over the Dancing With the Stars cast member's sexual activity. In case you missed it, Amber recently admitted to engaging in a "f--king horrible" threesome experience, which she ... Wiz Khalifa Responds to Amber Rose's "F**king Horrible" Threesome StoryComplex Wiz Khalifa to Amber Rose I'm Not Your Rebound Guy! But We Can Chill in BedTMZ.com Wiz Khalifa to Amber Rose: 'Not Here for Your Rebound After Your Threesome'The BoomBox New York Daily News -UPROXX -AllHipHop (blog) -Celebuzz all 119 news articles »
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Lawsuit filed over railing collapse at Snoop Dogg concert
Yahoo News - 6 months
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawyers representing 17 people injured when a railing collapsed at a Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa concert in New Jersey have filed a lawsuit against the venue's owner and the performers claiming they didn't take enough precautions to ensure concertgoers would be safe.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Wiz Khalifa
    TWENTIES
  • 2016
    Age 28
    On May 31, 2016, Khalifa sued former manager Benjy Grinberg and Rostrum Records because of a "360 deal" that he signed which he claimed was unfair.
    More Details Hide Details Khalifa is seeking $1 million in compensation as well as punitive damages and attorney fees. He and Grinberg split after 10 years of partnership. American Music Awards BET Awards Billboard Music Award Grammy Awards Golden Globe Awards MTV Europe Music Awards MTV Video Music Awards Teen Choice Awards
    During the Golden Globes on January 10, 2016, Wiz announced that his next album, titled Khalifa, would be released on the 22nd of that month.
    More Details Hide Details However, the album was released on February 5, 2016.
  • 2015
    Age 27
    As of 2015, Khalifa and Rose have joint custody of their son.
    More Details Hide Details Pittsburgh City Council declared 12-12-12 (December 12, 2012) to be Wiz Khalifa Day in the city. Khalifa graduated from Pittsburgh's Taylor Allderdice High School and in January 2012, purchased a home in nearby Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Khalifa is open about his use of cannabis, and he has claimed in many interviews that he spends $10,000 a month on cannabis, and also smokes daily. As of early 2014, Khalifa no longer pays for cannabis and is sponsored by "The Cookie Company", a medical marijuana dispenser which sells his "Khalifa Kush" (KK) strain, which he partnered with RiverRock Cannabis to create.
    In the summer of 2015, he began touring the United States with Fall Out Boy and Hoodie Allen in a tour titled "The Boys of Zummer Tour".
    More Details Hide Details The tour featured performances of "Uma Thurman" by Fall Out Boy and Khalifa. Later that year, on December 15, 2015, Wiz released the mixtape "Cabin Fever 3".
    On January 23, 2015, Khalifa was featured on a remix release of the Fall Out Boy song "Uma Thurman".
    More Details Hide Details On May 18, they performed the song together on the 2015 Billboard Music Awards show.
  • 2014
    Age 26
    After releasing several "Weedmixes" on SoundCloud, including "Ziplocc" and "Maan!", Wiz took to Twitter to create hype about his new mixtape, 28 Grams, which was due to be released on May 25, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details However, Wiz was arrested for marijuana possession the day before, and there were fears that the mixtape would be pushed back. After posting a "jail selfie" and hashtagging "FreeTrapWiz" on Twitter, he was released hours later, meaning the mixtape would go ahead with its intended release date.
    In an interview with Rap-Up on May 22, 2014, Wiz announced that his song with Adele was "just an idea", and that it hadn't been recorded and consequently wouldn't be on the final cut for Blacc Hollywood.
    More Details Hide Details On March 31, 2015, Wiz Khalifa released an EP with fellow Taylor Gang artist Ty Dolla $ign, Talk About It In The Morning. That same month, Khalifa released the song "See You Again", a tribute to Paul Walker, who died during filming for Furious 7.
    On February 11, 2014, Khalifa released Blacc Hollywoods first single titled "We Dem Boyz".
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  • 2013
    Age 25
    In October 2013, Mannie Fresh confirmed that he provided production for the album.
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    On September 3, 2013, Khalifa revealed he had recorded songs with Miley Cyrus and Juicy J for Blacc Hollywood.
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    On June 24, 2013, he announced that his fifth studio album would be titled Blacc Hollywood and would be released in 2013.
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    On April 17, 2013, Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y announced that they will drop their collaboration EP Live in Concert on April 20, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details The EP featured seven new songs.
    In April 2013, Khalifa revealed that after having his son he decided to work on a new album that he was planning to release in 2013.
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  • 2012
    Age 24
    On April 11, 2012, Khalifa announced that he will release his second studio album titled Only Nigga In First Class but that it will be abbreviated as O.N.I.F.C. for release to mainstream markets. O.N.I.F.C. debuted at number two with 131,000 in first week sales.
    More Details Hide Details The album has spawned two singles "Work Hard, Play Hard" and "Remember You" both receiving good commercial acclaim and with the former going platinum. Wiz spoke with rapper 50 Cent, whom he collaborated with on the song "Telescope", about making a movie together.
  • 2011
    Age 23
    Khalifa began dating model Amber Rose in early 2011. The couple became engaged on March 1, 2012, and married on July 8, 2013. They have one son. On September 24, 2014, it was announced that Rose would be filing for divorce, citing "irreconcilable differences".
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    On June 26, 2011, Khalifa was nominated and won Best New Artist at the BET Awards of 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Khalifa collaborated with British rapper Tinie Tempah whom Tinie announced in an interview with Rolling Stone that his next single is to be called "Till I'm Gone" and would feature Wiz Khalifa and is to be produced by Stargate. The single and the video song were released at the end of June 2011.
    Shortly afterward on March 31, 2011 Wiz Khalifa performed at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia as part of the school's annual Dooley's Weekend.
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    On March 29, 2011, Khalifa released his first studio album, Rolling Papers in the US.
    More Details Hide Details The album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 197,000 copies in the United States.
    Khalifa released his debut album with Atlantic Records in 2011.
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    His debut album for the label, Rolling Papers, was released on March 29, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details He followed that album with O.N.I.F.C. on December 4, 2012, which was backed by the singles "Work Hard, Play Hard" and "Remember You". Wiz released his fourth album Blacc Hollywood on August 18, 2014, backed by the lead single We Dem Boyz. In March 2015, he released "See You Again" for the soundtrack of the film Furious 7 and the song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 non-consecutive weeks.
  • 2010
    Age 22
    He appeared with Curren$y on the track "Scaling the Building" on producer Ski Beatz' 2010 album, 24 Hour Karate School.
    More Details Hide Details Khalifa's record label, Taylor Gang Records, is named after his love of Chuck Taylor All-Stars and his alma mater, Taylor Allderdice High School.
    Khalifa performed in a cypher during the 2010 BET Hip-Hop Awards.
    More Details Hide Details He recited his verse from the song, "The Check Point", from his mixtape with Curren$y, How Fly. Khalifa released "Black and Yellow", his first single for Rostrum/Atlantic, produced by Stargate, which has received radio airplay. The single peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100; the title of the song refers to the colours of the City of Pittsburgh.
    In November 2010, during his "Waken Baken" tour at East Carolina University, Khalifa was arrested for possession and trafficking of marijuana.
    More Details Hide Details He was released the next morning after a $300K bail, and resumed his tour.
    He performed at the 2010 Rock the Bells festival, along with hip hop veterans Wu-Tang Clan, Snoop Dogg, Lauryn Hill, A Tribe Called Quest, Rakim, KRS-One, Jedi Mind Tricks and Slick Rick.
    More Details Hide Details Khalifa declined an invitation to tour with rapper Drake and launched his own Waken Baken Tour, a 50-city national tour with rapper Yelawolf. His official DJ on the tour was DJ Bonics. The tour, scheduled to last from September to November 2010, has, as of October, sold out every venue.
    Khalifa appeared at the Soundset 2010 festival in May 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, alongside Method Man & Redman, Del the Funky Homosapien and Hieroglyphics, Atmosphere, Murs, Cage, and others.
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    Khalifa was named MTV's Hottest Breakthrough MC of 2010, winning with nearly 70,000 votes, and beating out finalists Nicki Minaj, J.
    More Details Hide Details Cole, Travis Porter, and Diggy Simmons.
    He guested on the mixtape Grey Goose, Head Phones, and Thirsty Women by St. Louis rapper M.C, and was featured on the track "The Breeze (Cool)" on rapper Wale's August 2010 mixtape More About Nothing.
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    Khalifa was featured in a remix and video for the 2010 Rick Ross single "Super High", alongside Curren$y.
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    He stated to AllHipHop in June 2010 that he was working on a new album, but was weighing his options and had not yet decided on a label to distribute it.
    More Details Hide Details Khalifa confirmed to MTV on July 30 that he was signing an Atlantic Records deal.
    Citing music industry insiders, New York magazine wrote that Khalifa signed with Atlantic Records in April 2010, although the rapper did not confirm it.
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    Khalifa released the free mixtape Kush and Orange Juice for download on June 14, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Due to Khalifa's devoted grassroots fan base, the mixtape became the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter with the hash tag #kushandorangejuice, and "Kush and Orange Juice download” ranked No. 1 on Google's hot search trends.
    Wiz Khalifa was named 2010 "Rookie Of The Year" by "The Source", with alongside Rick Ross, "The Man Of The Year".
    More Details Hide Details He toured with rapper Yelawolf on a 20-date tour, the Deal Or No Deal Tour.
    Khalifa performed at Emo's in Austin, Texas in March 2010 as part of the 2010 South by Southwest Music Festival.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared on the cover of XXL magazine that same month, for the magazine's annual list of Top 10 Freshman, which included Donnis, J. Cole, Pill, Freddie Gibbs, and Fashawn.
  • 2009
    Age 21
    Khalifa released his second album, Deal or No Deal, on November 24, 2009.
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    Khalifa released the mixtape Burn After Rolling on November 2, 2009, where he raps over familiar beats from other artists, including the songs "If I Were A Boy" and "Diva" by Beyoncé, "Walking on a Dream" by Empire of the Sun, "Luchini AKA This Is It" by Camp Lo, and "Best I Ever Had" by Drake.
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    He opened for Wu-Tang Clan member U-God at the 2009 CMJ Music Marathon in New York City.
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    Continuing his association with Rostrum Records, Khalifa released the single "Teach U to Fly", and the mixtape How Fly, a collaboration with New Orleans rapper Curren$y, on August 9, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Khalifa introduced a more melodic style on the mixtape, alternating between singing and rapping.
    Khalifa appeared with Girl Talk, Modey Lemon, Donora, Grand Buffet, and Don Caballero at the Amphitheatre at Station Square in Pittsburgh on July 31, 2009, where he announced that his relationship with Warner Bros. was over.
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    Khalifa parted ways with Warner Bros. Records in July 2009 after numerous delays in releasing his planned debut album for the label, First Flight.
    More Details Hide Details 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".
  • 2008
    Age 20
    Khalifa released the mixtapes Star Power in September 2008, and Flight School in April 2009 on Rostrum Records.
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    Khalifa appeared with The Game, David Banner and Play-n-Skillz at U92's Summer Jam at the USANA Amphitheatre in West Valley City, Utah on August 2, 2008.
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    Khalifa's vocals from "Say Yeah" appear near the end of Pittsburgh mash up producer Girl Talk's 2008 album, Feed the Animals, over music from Underworld's "Born Slippy", Usher's "Love in This Club", and the Cure's "In Between Days".
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2007
    Age 19
    In 2007, Khalifa signed to Warner Bros.
    More Details Hide Details Records and released two mixtapes through Rostrum Records: Grow Season, hosted by DJ Green Lantern and released on July 4, 2007, and Prince of the City 2, released on November 20, 2007. His debut Warner Bros. single "Say Yeah" reached number 25 on the Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 music chart and number 20 on Billboard's Hot Rap Tracks. The song samples "Better Off Alone" by Alice Deejay.
  • 2006
    Age 18
    The mixtape paved the way for his first full-length album entitled Show and Prove in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Khalifa was declared an "artist to watch" that year in Rolling Stone magazine.
    He released his debut album, Show and Prove, in 2006, and signed to Warner Bros.
    More Details Hide Details Records in 2007. His Eurodance-influenced single, "Say Yeah", received urban radio airplay, charting on the Rhythmic Top 40 and Hot Rap Tracks charts in 2008. Khalifa parted with Warner Bros. and released his second album, Deal or No Deal, in November 2009. He released the mixtape Kush and Orange Juice as a free download in April 2010; he then signed with Atlantic Records. He is also well known for his debut single for Atlantic, "Black and Yellow", which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • 2005
    Age 17
    Khalifa released his first mixtape, Prince of the City: Welcome to Pistolvania, in 2005.
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  • 2004
    Age 16
    Rostrum Records president Benjy Grinberg first heard about Wiz Khalifa in 2004 when the rapper's contribution to a mixtape of various new Pittsburgh artists attracted his interest.
    More Details Hide Details When Grinberg finally met the 16-year-old artist, he immediately decided he wanted to work with him, later telling HitQuarters: "Even though he wasn't all the way developed you could just tell that he was a diamond in the rough, and that with some polishing, guidance and backing he could become something special." Khalifa signed to the label shortly after and began a seven-year period of artist development.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1987
    Born
    Khalifa was born Cameron Jibril Thomaz on September 8, 1987 in Minot, North Dakota, to parents serving in the military.
    More Details Hide Details His parents divorced when Khalifa was about three years old. His parents' military service caused him to move regularly. Khalifa lived in Germany, the United Kingdom, and Japan before settling in Pittsburgh where he attended Taylor Allderdice High School. His stage name is derived from Khalifa, an Arabic word meaning "successor", and wisdom, which was shortened to Wiz when Khalifa was a young boy. Khalifa stated to spinner.com that the name also came from being called "young Wiz 'cause I was good at everything I did, and my granddad is Muslim, so he gave me that name; he felt like that's what I was doing with my music." He got a tattoo of his stage name on his 17th birthday. He cites Jimi Hendrix, Camp Lo, The Notorious B.I.G. and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony as musical influences.
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