Wiz Khalifa

September 8, 1987

Wiz Khalifa Artistfacts

  • Wiz Khalifa was born Cameron Jibril Thomaz to parents who were both in the military. He moved around a lot as a kid and lived in Germany, the United Kingdom, and Japan before his family finally settled in Pittsburgh.
  • His stage name comes from the Arabic word "khalifa," meaning "successor." The rapper's father - who is Muslim - gave him the name. The "Wiz" prefix stands for "wisdom," but Khalifa shortened it to "Wiz" himself when he was just a boy. He got the stage name tattooed on his body when he turned 17.
  • On March 1, 2012, Wiz Khalifa proposed to his girlfriend, model Amber Rose. Rose was best known for her high profile relationship with rapper Kanye West as well as her appearances in print ads for Louis Vuitton. Khalifa posted pictures of the engagement ring on Twitter.

    Khalifa and Rose married on July 8, 2013 and had a child, Sebastian, together. Sadly, Rose filed for divorce on September 24, 2014, citing "irreconcilable differences."
  • Whilst Khalifa has Rose's name tattooed on his hand, the model went one step further, getting her rapper beau's entire face inked right onto the inside of her forearm.
  • Wiz Khalifa says the most important advice he can give to up-and-coming rappers is to "always work hard." Khalifa believes the keys to finding success are to keep putting material out and to let people know what you’re doing. Above all, the rapper says a new artist needs to "always put yourself into whatever it is that you’re doing."
  • Khalifa says he's always high when he works and that he doesn't want to think about trying to make music if he can't smoke weed. He believes more people smoke it than don't and says he "loves ever stoner movie that's ever existed."
  • Growing up, Wiz Khalifa had two dream collaborations: Snoop Dogg and Cam'ron. Since Snoop appeared on Khalifa's album Rolling Papers, the rapper says Cam'ron is the next person he'd love to hook up with.
  • Wiz made his acting debut with Snoop in the 2012 stoner movie Mac and Devin Go to High School. The pair also wrote and recorded the soundtrack, which featured the hit single "Young, Wild & Free."
  • Wiz Khalifa's first major label deal was with Warner Bros., but the rapper says leaving the company was a great move. He believes that his team has been able to move forward on their own and that leaving Warner opened him up to more opportunities that he wouldn't have had otherwise. Soon after his departure, Atlantic Records snapped up Khalifa and released his first official major-label album Rolling Papers.
  • Speaking to Playboy, Khalifa described his upbringing in Pittsburgh as "really dark." He explained: "A lot of shootings and gang violence. I saw people get killed. You'd get off the bus and somebody would be dead and they'd be cleaning it up. A lot of waking up in the morning and seeing people you knew dead on the news."
  • Wiz revealed to US Weekly that he takes off his left shoe whenever he is "in the zone" in the studio.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Dar WilliamsSongwriter Interviews

A popular contemporary folk singer, Williams still remembers the sticky note that changed her life in college.

U2Fact or Fiction

How did The Edge get his name? Did they name a song after a Tolkien book? And who is "Angel of Harlem" about?

Michael W. SmithSongwriter Interviews

Smith breaks down some of his worship tracks as well as his mainstream hits, including "I Will Be Here For You" and "A Place In This World."

Director Paul Rachman on "Hunger Strike," "Man in the Box," KissSong Writing

After cutting his teeth on hardcore punk videos, Paul defined the grunge look with his work on "Hunger Strike" and "Man in the Box."

Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike + The Mechanics)Songwriter Interviews

Mike Rutherford talks about the "Silent Running" storyline and "Land Of Confusion" in the age of Trump.

Album Cover InspirationsSong Writing

Some album art was at least "inspired" by others. A look at some very similar covers.