A bona fide hit maker, successful actor and three-time Billboard Music Award winner, Wiz Khalifa has become the hottest commodity in rap music. Emerging from North Dakota, his rise to fame did not happen overnight and despite struggling in the initial years of his career, he kept true to his dreams, which eventually led him to releasing the hit single, Black and Yellow. This song pushed him under the spotlight and things never remained the same for Khalifa. The track earned him two Grammy Award nominations for ‘Best Rap Performance’ and ‘Best Rap Song.’ Moreover, it peaked at the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and went six times platinum in the United States.
Wiz Khalifa is now going on tour. He is expected to try new songs on the road and will soon be coming to your city. So, if you want to watch him wow you with his lyrical rhythm then get your hands on Wiz Khalifa tickets today.
Early Life & Influences
Born as Cameron Jibril Thomaz in 1987, Wiz Khalifa grew up in Pittsburgh where he attended Taylor Allderdice High School. He was interested in rap music from the beginning and cites The Notorious B.I.G., Jimi Hendrix, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and Camp Lo as his influences. Khalifa got his start in the industry after he was spotted by the president of Rostrum Records, Benjy Grinberg who signed him to the record label.
In 2005, Wiz Khalifa released his debut mixtape, ‘Prince of the City: Welcome to Pistolvania.’ He followed it up by churning out his first studio album, ‘Show and Prove’ which hit the stores a year later. It received great reviews from the critics and featured guest appearances from Kev da Hustla, Johnny Juliano and Boaz. A few months later, Rolling Stone declared him ‘Artist to Watch.’
Khalifa later signed with Warner Bros. Records and released a number of non-album singles including, Say Yeah which came out in 2008. The song became popular and also received significant airplay. It was awarded gold certification by the RIAA and landed at the twentieth spot on the Hot Rap Songs. In the same year, he went on to perform at U92’s Summer Jam at the West Valley City’s USANA Amphitheatre where this talented MC shared the stage with stars like, Play-n-Skillz, Game and David Banner.
Wiz Khalifa then dropped his second studio effort, ‘Deal or No Deal’ in 2009. This record peaked at the tenth spot on the Top Rap Albums and contained fifteen songs on the track-list. After a year, he appeared on the cover of XXL Magazine and was labeled, ‘Rookie of the Year’ by The Source.
Breakthrough & Recognition
Wiz Khalifa captured mainstream attention when Atlantic Records released his third studio album, ‘Rolling Papers’ in 2011. It reached second spot on the Billboard 200 and became his first record to achieve double platinum sales in the United States. The album was also praised by Pitchfork Media and AllMusic. ‘Rolling Papers’ was also supported by six singles out of which, Roll Up and No Sleep was certified two times platinum by the RIAA.
On December 4, 2012, Wiz Khalifa spawned his next hit record, ‘O.N.I.F.C.’ It generated a lot of buzz in the industry and went on to sell over a million copies in the United States. In addition, it was supported by two singles, Work Hard, Play Harder and Remember You. The latter featured The Weeknd and debuted at the fifteenth spot on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Produced by Dpat and Illangelo, the song earned him a Grammy nomination for ‘Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.’
Album Releases & Notable Work
In 2013, Wiz Khalifa started working on new material. He wrote thirteen songs for his fifth studio album, ‘Blacc Hollywood’ and released it on August 19, 2014. It turned out to be a number one hit in the United States and received three and a half stars out of five from AllMusic. Moreover, it offered two singles, We Dem Boys and You and Your Friends out of which the former got him nominated for three BET Hip Hop Awards under the categories of ‘Best Hip Hop Video,’ ‘Best Club Banger’ and ‘People’s Champ Award.’ Plus, the song was also used in television shows like, ‘Empire,’ ‘Selfie,’ ‘Ballers,’ ‘Superstore’ and ‘Hawaii Five-O.’
Apart from five studio efforts, Khalifa has spawned two extended plays and is behind fourteen mixtapes. He has also put out one soundtrack album with Snoop Dogg titled, ‘Mac & Devin Go to High School’ which spawned an ASCAP Pop Music Award winning single, Young, Wild & Free.
Wiz Khalifa Tour Tickets
Wiz Khalifa is also famous for contributing songs to major Hollywood blockbusters. Over the years, he has recorded songs like, We Own It (Fast & Furious), Shell Shocked and Sucker for Pain which featured in flicks, ‘Fast & Furious 6,’ ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ and ‘Suicide Squad.’ In addition, he also spawned a song, See You Again which appeared on the soundtrack of the film, ‘Furious 7.’ The track became his highest selling single to date as it was certified nine times platinum by the RIAA.
The nine-time Grammy nominated rapper, Khalifa is now heading out on tour. He will be performing a series of highly energetic shows for you, so get your Wiz Khalifa tour tickets now if you don’t want to miss out on his incredible performance.