Wiz Khalifa Kicks It Into Overdrive
Wiz Khalifa, born Cameron Jibril Thomaz, is a superstar rapper, songwriter and actor. He came into the world on September 8, 1987 in Minot, North Dakota, his parents served in the military. They divorced when Khalifa was about three years old. Khalifa lived in Germany, the United Kingdom, and Japan before settling in Pittsburgh where he attended Taylor Allderdice High School. Wiz began looking into record production and songwriting as a way of coping with his own family & personal issues. Once he realized he was on to something, things began to change for the better. 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 parted with Warner Bros. and released his second album, Deal or No Deal, in November 2009. He released the mixtape Kush and Orange Juice as a free download in April 2010; he then signed with Atlantic Records. He is also well known for his debut single for Atlantic, “Black and Yellow”, which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. His debut album for the label, Rolling Papers, was released on March 29, 2011. He followed that album with O.N.I.F.C. on December 4, 2012 which was backed by the singles “Work Hard, Play Hard” and “Remember You”. Wiz released his fourth album Blacc Hollywood on August 18, 2014 backed by the lead single We Dem Boyz. In March 2015, Wiz released “See You Again” for the soundtrack of the film Furious 7, and the song recently peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and here at New Music Weekly. We will keep you updated on the works and releases for the fabulous Wiz Khalifa as his next moves are being highly anticipated. Please enjoy our new Summer Music Preview issue!