“Medicated” – Wiz Khalifa
There is only one thing you must accept about Wiz Khalifa in order to enjoy his music. The man LOVES his weed. LOOOOOVES it. I don’t think it would be an exaggeration to say that two out of three of his songs focus heavily on his copious pot smoking.
However, it would be an enormous disservice to both Wiz and to you, the listener, not to look past the mans obsession and see the genuine talent here. I am a huge fan, and here’s why.
1. There is no BS with Wiz. He loves weed, he loves women, he loves rap. That’s it.
2. He loves his life. A lot of rappers complain about getting popular because of the extra press they get. Wiz revels in it.
3. He’s hilarious. His songs are brimming with sarcasm and jokes, and I love that.
4. He pays attention to his fans. Want proof? 12-12-12 is Wiz Khalifa Day in Pittburgh. The man’s a hero!
Cameron Jibril Thomaz (born September 8, 1987) was born Minot, North Dakota to a mother and a father serving in the military. His parents divorced when Khalifa was about three years old, but his parents’ continued military service caused him to move regularly. Khalifa lived in Germany, the United Kingdom, and Japan before settling in Pittsburgh where he attended Taylor Allderdice High School. Listen to enough Wiz Khalifa and you’ll start hearing him talk about Allderdice regularly, he’s a big fan.
His stage name is derived from Khalifa, an Arabic word meaning “successor”, and wisdom, which was shortened to Wiz when Khalifa was a young boy. Khalifa stated to spinner.com that the name also came from being called “young Wiz ’cause I was good at everything I did, and my granddad is Muslim, so he gave me that name; he felt like that’s what I was doing with my music.”
Wiz Khalifa is one of many rappers these days who rely heavily on dedicated fans and powerful grassroots marketing. He regularly releases mixtapes, which are ridiculously popular thanks to fans who take over the sound system at every party they go to. He has also had massive success on the charts as well though, essentially since the beginning of his career. His first album, Show and Prove, earned him a mention from Rolling Stone magazine as “an artist to watch,” which he certainly has been. His next album, Deal or No Deal, had mild success as well. However, the spark that ignited the nationwide Khalifa frenzy was his next mixtape, Kush and Orange Juice, which became the #1 trending topic on Twitter while “Kush and Orange Juice download” ranked No. 1 on Google’s hot search trends. You can’t buy that kind of publicity.
Khalifa’s next two albums (Rolling Papers and O.N.I.F.C.) both debuted at #2 on the charts, and are some of the best easy listening Hip-Hop I know of. His beats are sublime, and his flow is unique and smooth. I’m a huge Wiz fan, and now you are too. Enjoy!