A perfect balance of pop hooks, effortless charm, and stoner rap swagger, Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa was one of the highest-rising stars of a certain sect of mainstream hip-hop in the s. With a series of hits built around slick rhymes and slicker production, Khalifa moved from mixtapes to stadium sports anthems and even major motion-picture soundtrack collaborations with pop star Charlie Puth.
His charm, persona, and weedy wit were in peak form from the time of his major-label debut, 's Rolling Papers. After his parents divorced when he was three, he lived in various places and military bases around the world. His first attempt at committing lyrics to paper was around age nine, and at 12 he was already recording and producing his own records in his father's Oklahoma studio.
Settling in Pittsburgh during his high school years, Khalifa laid down the groundwork for a solo career and kept busy recording music in a local studio, I. He stood out among the studio's regulars, prompting the I. Labs' staff to offer him free beats and recording time, plus bringing him to the attention of Benjy Grinberg, a former executive assistant to L.
Reid at Arista Records who had started up a new independent label, Rostrum Records. Signed to Rostrum, Khalifa built a buzz in Pittsburgh with a few singles, but he began to draw ears nationally during his senior year in high school when his first mixtape, Prince of the City: Welcome to Pistolvania, dropped in early With the release of his independent full-length debut, Show and Prove, later that year, major publications featured profiles on the young rapper.
Unable to come to an agreement on his debut album for the label, the rapper announced he was leaving Warner in and returning to Rostrum for the album Deal or No Deal. As the NFL team progressed toward the playoffs, Khalifa's track became their unofficial anthem, and when the Green Bay Packers emerged as the team's opponent for the Super Bowl, Lil Wayne responded with the answer song "Green and Yellow.
Billboard chart a month later. Also arriving that same year was a feature film with Snoop Dogg, Mac and Devin Go to High School, along with its accompanying soundtrack. Clean copies saw the abbreviation standing for "One Night in First Class. Shortly afterward, he announced details of a fifth studio album, entitled Blacc Hollywood, which was released in August of The mixtape 28 Grams -- designed to act as a primer for the album -- almost saw a delay when Khalifa was arrested for marijuana possession the day before its release that May.
However, he was freed within a matter of hours and the mixtape's online stream went ahead as planned. During , his contribution to the soundtrack for Furious 7 became one of the biggest hits of the year; a tribute to the actor Paul Walker, "See You Again," reigned at number one for more than ten weeks although not consecutively. The hit didn't appear on the MC's album, Khalifa, but it influenced the more serene and loose set of tracks, including the album's lead single "Bake Sale" with special guest Travis Scott.
The rapper followed with a pair of notable soundtrack contributions in "Sucker for Pain" from the movie Suicide Squad and "Gang Up" from The Fate of the Furious. Another mixtape, Laugh Now, Flay Later, was issued before year's end. Both tracks appeared on his sequel, Rolling Papers 2, which arrived that summer. These more offhanded and casual mixtape releases were followed in by the brief but manicured production of seven-song EP The Saga of Wiz Khalifa. Sign In. Wiz Khalifa. Top Songs See All.
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