Biography of a Stoner: Wiz Khalifa

If you’re into hip hop music and smoking weed, you’ll love Wiz. Born Cameron Jibril Thomaz on September 8, 1987, Wiz Khalifa is one of the most influential rappers of this generation and it’s not that hard to see why. Wiz started rapping as a kid, but it wasn’t until 2011 that he scored his first mega-hit “Black and Yellow,” and became an instant star across the globe. Since then, the Pittsburg rapper has gone on to create popular rap albums such as O.N.I.F.C in 2012, Blacc Hollywood in 2014 and mega hit song “See You Again,” featuring Charlie Puth in 2015. He also co-starred with Snoop Dogg in the movie “Mac and Devin Go to High School.”

Wiz Khalifa Early Life and Music Career:

Cameron Jibril Thomaz was born on September 8th, 1987 in Minot, North Dakota meaning 29 is the current Wiz Khalifa age. His parents divorced when he was only three years and due to his father’s military background, young Thomaz had to move around a lot. From Germany to England and the Japan, Wiz finally settled in the city of Pittsburgh where he finished his high school studies.

Fresh from high school back in 2005, Wisdom Khalifa as he known back then, knew it was time to pursue his dream. He started out by releasing his first mixtape “Prince of the City: Welcome to Pistolvania,” which created a lot of buzz within and beyond Pittsburgh. Noticing the excitement, Wiz knew he couldn’t afford to slow down and followed it up with a commercial album titled “Show and Prove.” The album received fair reviews across the scene and ranked it as “arguably the best album of the year.” As the accolades piled, so did the reviews and it wasn’t long before he scored his major deal with Warner Bros.

A year after dropping his “Show and Prove” album, Wiz released his famous “Say Yeah” single which charted on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs charts and propelled him to the limelight. So much so, that Rolling Stone magazine touted Wiz as the “Artist to Watch” that year – a mean feat in its own right. With success comes challenges and soon after, he parted ways with Warner Bros. However, Wiz was unstoppable by then and easily scored another gigantic deal with Atlantic Records.

In 2009, Wiz released his first album with the label “Deal or No Deal,” which peaked at No. 25 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart. However, bigger things were yet to come as we would witness in 2010 when he was named MTV’s No.1 Hottest Breakthrough MC of the Year, besides being a trending topic on Twitter after dropping “Kush and Orange Juice.”

A Force to Reckon/Smoke With:

In 2010, Wiz Khalifa’s career reached new heights thanks to the major success of his monster hit and Pittsburgh anthem “Black and Yellow.” The song would ultimately peak at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and later, become the lead single of his third studio album “Rolling Papers,” which dropped in March 2011. The album was a success, selling 197,000 copies in its first week and debuting at number 2 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The following year, Wiz Khalifa followed up the monster LP with another equally successful album titled O.N.I.F.C (Only N***a in First Class), which also debut at No.2 on the charts. It sold 131,000 copies in its first-week thanks to lead singles “Work Hard, Play Hard” and “Remember You,” – with the latter going platinum. It is one of the best Wiz Khalifa albums to date.
There was no time to rest for Wiz and you could tell that he was pumped up when just a few months after the release; he announced his plan to start work on a follow up album titled “Blacc Hollywood.” The new LP would be released in August 2014 and feature guest appearances from stars Juicy J, Rick Ross, Yung Jeezy, Snoop Dogg and Nicki Minaj. Major hits from the album include “We Dem Boyz,” “KK” and “Promises,” which can be viewed on Wiz Khalifa’s YouTube Channel. Following the major success, Khalifa collaborated with Raw Rolling Papers on a line of various smoking-related products.

The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts and for promotion purposes, he announced a 2015 summer tour that he would co-star with Fall Out Boy. Later that March, Wiz released a much-awaited EP with his fellow Taylor Gang artist Ty Dolla $ign, titled “Talk About it in the Morning.” This was just around the same time when he released a collaboration with Iggy Azalea, “Go Hard or Go Home” before another monster hit that reminded us of Wiz’s overall talent and easily one of the best Wiz Khalifa songs of all time.
Generally, 2015 was an equally tantalizing year for Wiz and he topped the charts yet again with monster hit “See You Again” featuring Charlie Puth. It was a tribute for the late actor Paul Walker – renowned for the Fast and Furious series of movies – and would appear as the main soundtrack for “Fast and Furious 7.” It was nominated for a number of Grammies and even though it didn’t win, the ballad has grown to become synonymous with the movie to some extent.

Personal Life and Controversies:

Khalifa started dating renowned model and video vixen Amber Rose back in 2011 and got engaged the following year before getting married on July 8th 2013. Together, they have one son named Sebastian. Things would, however, turn south for the couple and on September 24th, 2014, it was announced that Amber Rose would be filing for a divorce citing “Irreconcilable differences.” Khalifa and Rose have joint custody of their son and constantly take turns to raise their only child.

As an open cannabis user and enthusiast, Wiz Khalifa has often claimed in a number of interviews that he spends roughly $10000 a month on the drug. He smokes daily and no longer pays for his “weed” as he is sponsored by “The Cookie Company” a medical marijuana dispenser which sells his line of KK (Khalifa Kush) strain. On May 31st, 2016, Wiz Khalifa sued his former manager Benjy Grinberg and Rostrum Records for apparently swindling him off a “360 deal” in which he is seeking $1 million dollars in compensation. He and Grinberg had recently split after a mutual 10-year partnership.

Justin Meerkat

Cannabis Entrepreneur & Cofounder | Follow @justinmeerkat on Instagram

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