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Rapper Wiz Khalifa, whose full name is Cameron Jibril Thomaz, was born in Minot, North Dakota, on September 8, 1987. He regularly relocated to countries like Germany, the United Kingdom, and Japan as a result of his parents’ military service until settling in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He went to Taylor Allderdice High School there to study. When his parents divorced when he was three years old, his Muslim grandmother gave him the nickname Khalifa.


Wiz Khalifa was influenced by artists he looked up to, like Jay Z, Snoop Dogg, Cam’ron, and Notorious B.I.G., but he set out to develop his own sound rather than imitate them. He was looking for a recording studio in Pittsburgh when he came across ID LABS, and the proprietor, Eric Dan, recognized his skill right away. They began to hone Khalifa’s talent alongside manager Chad Glick. After hearing his contribution to the mixtape Prince of the Mix, he soon joined Benjy Grinberg’s project at Rostrum Records.

Pittsburgh’s City2: Welcome to Pennsylvania showcases a variety of up-and-coming performers. Khalifa joined the Rostrum Records clan under Benjy’s guidance. Show and Prove, a second mixtape prepared by DJ Green Lantern, and Prince of the City 2, which was released on November 20, 2007, were the next two mixtapes by Rostrum. His career as a musician got started with these releases.

His initial deal with the record label Warner Bros.
Wiz Khalifa was signed to the prestigious Warner Bros Records company at the age of 16, under the direction of Grinberg, who saw potential in him despite his youth. He excelled within the label over the following seven years as he established his artistic career. With the tune “Say Yeah,” he made his music debut and rose to positions 25 on the Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 and 20 on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks charts. He was mentioned as an “artist to watch” in Rolling Stone magazine as well. Additionally, he performed near the final of the Pittsburgh Mash-up 2008. In September 2008, Khalifa released the mixtape “Star Power” and in April 2009 he released “Flight School”.