Celebrity Then And Now
Wiz Khalifa
Name: Wiz Khalifa
Birthdate: January 1, 1970
Famous Years: 2010 - Present
Currently Known For: Continued Rap Career
Networth: $45 MillionFamous For: "Black And Yellow," "Work Hard, Play Hard," "See You Again"
Wiz Khalifa
Name Wiz Khalifa
Birthdate January 1, 1970
Famous Years 2010 - Present
Currently Known For Continued Rap Career
Networth $45 Million
Famous For "Black And Yellow," "Work Hard, Play Hard," "See You Again"

When a man with a body covered in tattoos emerges through a cloud of smoke, there’s a chance that you’re about to see Wiz Khalifa. The rapper, who is just 30 years old, has already become one of the most popular musicians of the past decade, seemingly coming out of nowhere.

Khalifa was born as Cameron Thomaz on September 8, 1987 on a North Dakota military base, and traveled the world with his family before settling down in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Khalifa didn’t grow up in the best part of Pittsburgh, saying that “It was f***ed up and really dark. A lot of shootings and gang violence. I saw people get killed. You’d get off the bus and somebody would be dead and they’d be cleaning it up. A lot of waking up in the morning and seeing people you knew dead on the news.”

When trying to break into the hip hop scene, Khalifa was actually on borrowed time because of his family. “My dad originally wanted me to go to college, but he was always into me expressing myself and doing what I wanted to do,” he said. “He gave me a time limit as far as how long I could work on rap without going to college.” Thankfully, it would work out as Khalifa would soon get his big break.

Even if Pittsburgh wasn’t exactly known as a hotbed for hip hop, Khalifa was still able to draw a lot of attention to himself as a teenager. Rapping when he was just 16 years old, Khalifa had his first meeting with a record label that saw massive potential. In 2005, he would release his first mixtape called “Prince of the City: Welcome to Pistolvania”, followed up by his debut album “Show and Prove” that started to draw national attention.

With the newfound attention, there were quite a few mainstream labels that were looking to get Khalifa signed to their brand. It was Warner Bros. that would end up getting the services of Khalifa, releasing a pair of mixtapes. After his first album with the label would get delayed multiple times, Khalifa and Warner Bros. decided to split, and was working full-time with Rostrum Records. He would release his second album with the label, coming out with “Deal or No Deal” in 2009 that reached the top 10 of the Billboard rap charts.

Khalifa became a hot commodity once again with more labels calling, and it was Atlantic Records this time that landed Khalifa right before he had his breakout. That would come in 2011 when he released the song “Black and Yellow”, which was seen as an anthem to Pittsburgh at a time when the city’s NFL team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, were on their way to the Super Bowl while wearing the same colors reference by Khalifa.

That put Khalifa on the map in the mainstream, and his first studio album “Rolling Papers” would go platinum twice. Since then, Khalifa has released top 20 hits on the Billboard singles charts (in the mainstream) such as “Roll Up”, “No Sleep” and “Young, Wild & Free”. Of course, Khalifa’s biggest hit would be when he teamed up with Charlie Puth for the song “See You Again” as part of the “Furious 7” movie soundtrack. The song would reach the top spot in every country’s Billboard charts.

After his last three albums have reached either the number one or two spots on the Billboard charts in the United States, Wiz Khalifa is set to make history once again in 2018. He’s releasing his long awaited album “Rolling Papers 2”, a sequel (at least in name) to his 2011 smash album that put him in the public eye.

Even the rapper himself sees big things coming from the album. “When I look at the vinyl of it, I’m like, (dang) bro that’s like a Marvin Gaye record or something. That s*** just looks classic.” However, he does admit that “I still don’t even feel like I’m at the rooftop of hip hop. I just think, on a boss level as far as respect, you gotta put me up there as far as real life goes.”

When asked if he carries a chip on his shoulder despite being one of the biggest rappers around, Wiz Khalifa says “I’m satisfied with the respect that I get. I get nothing but love and if I get negative feedback, it’s to make the product better...I haven’t been tested. That means that I’m good, I’m straight. I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing.”

These days, Khalifa is also raising his son Sebastian with former wife, model Amber rose. Even if he and Rose aren’t together, Khalifa says that being a father is the most important thing in his life right now. “The biggest joy is seeing that boy every day and he just lights my life up,” Khalifa said. “When I see his face or when I hear his voice. He sleeps in my bed with me so I just roll over and look at him like, ‘I love this boy,” adding that “I never want to miss out on any of those moments with my son, but I never want to miss out on (my career) either.”