Name: Wiz Khalifa
Birthday: September 8, 1987
Fav Dish: Beef Tacos
Cameron Jibril Thomaz (born September 8, 1987), better known by his stage name Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper, songwriter, and actor.
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 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.
Khalifa released his debut album with Atlantic Records in 2011. He appeared with Curren$y on the track “Scaling the Building” on producer Ski Beatz’ 2010 album, 24 Hour Karate School.
Khalifa’s record label, Taylor Gang Records, is named after his love of Chuck Taylor All-Stars and his alma mater, Taylor Allderdice High School.
On March 29, 2011, Khalifa released his first studio album, Rolling Papers in the US. The album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 197,000 copies in the United States. Shortly afterward on March 31, 2011 Wiz Khalifa performed at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia as part of the school’s annual Dooley’s Weekend. On June 26, 2011, Khalifa was nominated and won Best New Artist at the BET Awards of 2011.
Khalifa collaborated with British rapper Tinie Tempah whom Tinie announced in an interview with Rolling Stone that his next single is to be called “Till I’m Gone” and would feature Wiz Khalifa and is to be produced by Stargate. The single and the video song were released at the end of June 2011.
On April 11, 2012, Khalifa announced that he will release his second studio album titled Only Nigga In First Class but that it will be abbreviated as O.N.I.F.C. for release to mainstream markets.O.N.I.F.C. debuted at number two with 131,000 in first week sales.
The album has spawned two singles “Work Hard, Play Hard” and “Remember You” both receiving good commercial acclaim and with the former going platinum. Wiz spoke with rapper 50 Cent, whom he collaborated with on the song “Telescope”, about making a movie together.
In April 2013, Khalifa revealed that after having his son he decided to work on a new album that he was planning to release in 2013.
On April 17, 2013, Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y announced that they will drop their collaboration EP Live in Concert on April 20, 2013. The EP featured seven new songs On June 24, 2013, he announced that his fifth studio album would be titled Blacc Hollywood and would be released in 2013. On September 3, 2013, Khalifa revealed he had recorded songs with Miley Cyrus and Juicy J for Blacc Hollywood. In October 2013, Mannie Fresh confirmed that he provided production for the album.
On February 11, 2014, Khalifa released Blacc Hollywood’s first single titled “We Dem Boyz”. 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.
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.
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. 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.
On January 23, 2015, Khalifa was featured on a remix release of the Fall Out Boy song “Uma Thurman”. On May 18, they performed the song together on the 2015 Billboard Music Awards show.
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”. 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”. 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.However, the album was released on February 5, 2016.