Pittsburgh has long been searching for its first major Hip Hop star. Some have flirted with success, while others have floundered in the masses. At the age of 19, Wiz Khalifa has developed into the prodigy that Pittsburgh has been looking for, and he plans to represent his city to the fullest.
Born Cameron Thomaz in North Dakota in 1987 to a mother and father serving in the military, Wiz moved to Pittsburgh at the age of 2. Over the next thirteen years, he would move between Pittsburgh and South Carolina, Georgia, Oklahoma, Germany, Japan, and England as his parents were reassigned to different posts. In October of 1990, Wiz was separated from his mother, who left him in the hands of her sister while she served in Operation Desert Storm.
During his travels, Wiz was forced to mature quicker than his peers. He was constantly faced with new surroundings, new schools, and new sets of friends, and he found it difficult to become attached to anyone outside his family roots. This nomadic life gave Wiz an opportunity to broaden his mind and offered him many experiences from which to draw inspiration. He began to perceive the world differently than most kids, and he would write his thoughts down every day. These thoughts would become the foundation for his future recordings.
By the age of 14, with a few songs under his belt, Wiz was already drawing comparisons with his commanding voice and witty wordplay. While he has been influenced by artists such as Jay-Z, Snoop, Camron, and the Notorious B.I.G., Wiz was determined to create his own identity that would, one day, be loved and revered by fans.
Ready to take the next step, Wiz began his search for a new recording studio. He found ID LABS, where owner Eric Dan immediately recognized Wizs talents. Along with Chad Glick of ID Labs Management, they began to network Wiz to another Pittsburgh native, Benjy Grinberg of Rostrum Records. Benjy realized the raw talent that Wiz possessed, and immediately brought him into the Rostrum family.
Soon after, Wiz Khalifa began his ascent into the local and national music scenes. He has been hailed by AllHiphop.com as the truth and was honored by the site as one of 2006s Top New Artists. Rolling Stone magazine covered Wiz in their prestigious Breaking section in December 2006 as the New Artist To Watch. XXLs March 2007 issue highlighted Wiz as a featured Show and Prove artist. Mass Appeal magazine had Wiz as the lead artist for their 2007s Next of Kin. He has been praised by VIBE magazine as an East Coast star in the waiting. Okayplayer.com says, Greatness only comes once in a while, and labeled Wizs Show and Prove album as arguably the best hip hop release of 2006.
Now with a hit debut mix tape, Prince Of The City, and critically acclaimed debut album Show and Prove that sold tens of thousands independently nationwide, Wiz Khalifa is ready to take over the rap game as Warner Bros. Records new superstar. People usually struggle their whole lives trying to figure out how they can make their mark on this world, but Wiz has known his calling for years and is creating his future with just a pen and a pad.
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