Short Biography of Wiz Khalifa, young musician who won 'The Best New Artist at the BET Awards of 2011'. Review of his released mixtapes, tours and activities.
Online PR News – 24-August-2011 – – Wiz Khalifa, was born September 8, 1987 in Minot, North Dakota as Cameron Jibril Thomaz. His mother and a father wer serving in the military. The family moved to Pittsburgh when Khalifa was the age of two. Over the next thirteen years, he would move US States, Germany, Japan, and England as his parents were reassigned to different posts. Constantly faced with new surroundings, and new sets of friends, during his travels, he was found it difficult to become attached to anyone outside his family roots. Wiz was forced to mature quicker than his peers. This nomadic life gave Wiz an opportunity to broaden his mind and offered him many experiences from which to draw inspiration. He was writing his thoughts down every day, and he began to perceive the world differently than most kids. These thoughts would become the foundation for his future recordings.
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.Wiz was already drawing comparisons with his commanding voice and witty wordplay. By the age of 14, with a few songs under his belt, as an American rapper based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he signed to Rostrum Records he released his first official mixtape 2005 in ,Prince of the City: Welcome to Pistolvania. Later in 2006, he released his first full length street album entitled Show and Prove.
His stage name is derived from khalifa, an Arabic word meaning "successor", and wisdom, which was shortened to Wiz when Khalifa was fifteen. He got his stage name tattooed on his 17th birthday.
In 2007, Khalifa signed to Warner Bros. Records and released two mixtapes through Rostrum Records: Grow Season, hosted by DJ Green Lantern and released on July, 2007, and Prince of the City 2, released on November, 2007. "Say Yeah", his Warner Bros. debut single reached number 25 on the Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 music chart. 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". Khalifa appeared with The Game, David Banner and Play-n-Skillz at U92's Summer Jam in West Valley City, Utah on August, 2008. Khalifa released the mixtapes Star Power in September 2008, and Flight School in April 2009.
After numerous delays in releasing his planned debut album for the label, First FlightHe left the Warner Bros. Records in July 2009.Since then he has released a further six mixtapes and a collaboration mixtape titled How Fly with friend Curren$y. His debut album, Deal or No Deal, shown up in November of 2009. It reached first place on the iTunes hip hop chart.
He appeared on the cover of XXL magazine in March 2010, for the magazine's annual list of Top 10 Freshman. Wiz Khalifa was named 2010 "Rookie Of The Year" by "The Source", with alongside Rick Ross, "The Man Of The Year" Khalifa released the free mixtape Kush and Orange Juice for download on April, 2010. Due to Khalifa's devoted grassroots fan base, the mixtape became the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter.
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. Khalifa declined an invitation to tour with rapper Drake and launched his own "Waken Baken" tour, a 50-city national tour with rapper Yelawolf. The tour, scheduled to last from September to November 2010, has, as of October, sold out every venue.During his "Waken Baken" tour, at East Carolina University, On November 2010, Wiz Khalifa was arrested for possession and trafficking of marijuana. He was then released the next morning after a $300000 bail, and resumed his tour.
Khalifa was named MTV's Hottest Breakthrough MC of 2010, winning with nearly 70,000 votes, and beating out finalists Nicki Minaj, J. Cole, Travis Porter, and Diggy Simmons.
Mainstream success and Rolling Papers
Khalifa released "Black and Yellow" (refers to the colours of the Pittsburgh Steelers), his first single for Rostrum/Atlantic, produced by Stargate, which has received radio airplay.The single was peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.His first studio album, Rolling PapersOn was released on March, 2011. 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 collaborated with the prolific British rapper Tinie Tempah whom Tinie and released next single "Till I'm Gone" at the end of June 2011.On June 26, 2011, Khalifa won Best New Artist at the BET Awards of 2011.
He is among the founders 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's girlfriend Amber Rose, who has been a tabloid fixture since dating Kanye West, told hip-pop site GlobalGrind that she was planning to get married and have kids with the rising rap star.
You can download Wiz Khalifa mixtapes for free at www.downloadmixtapes.org