After bursting onto the national Hip Hop scene in 2006, Wiz Khalifa has continued his ascent to the top of the Hip Hop ranks. His debut street album “Show and Prove” was labeled by Okayplayer.com as “arguably the best hip hop release of the year." Khalifa’s first video, “Pittsburgh Sound,” debuted in the spring of 2007 on FUSE and was selected by fans as an "Oven Fresh Keeper.” Later that summer Khalifa released his second mixtape, “Grow Season,” with DJ Green Lantern. He went on to perform on the DUB tour, and released his second music video, “Youngin On His Grind.”
Rolling Stone magazine honored Wiz in 2007 as a “New Artist To Watch” and his "Pittsburgh Sound" video was selected for the Editor’s Hot List a few months later. XXL’s March 2007 issue featured Wiz in their coveted “Show and Prove” section. Mass Appeal named Wiz as the lead artist for 2007’s “Next of Kin.” He was praised by VIBE magazine as “an East Coast star in the waiting,” while also being featured in their October 2007 issue as a “Next” artist. Major magazines overseas also took notice of the then 19-year old prodigy’s talent, with features in UK’s Hip-Hop Connection and France’s RAP US.
In June of 2007, Wiz Khalifa signed a major record deal with Warner Bros. Records through his long-time independent label, Rostrum Records. Wiz’s first single on Warner Bros., “Say Yeah,” peaked at 25 on the Billboard Rhythmic charts. He followed “Say Yeah” with his second single, “Make It Hot,” which peaked on the iTunes Hip Hop chart at 23. Wiz then released several critically acclaimed mixtapes including “Star Power” (released in September of 2008) “Flight School” (released April 17, 2009) and “Burn After Rolling (September of 2009). Khalifa also teamed up with fellow MC, Curren$y, to put out the “How Fly” mixtape, which was released in August of 2009.
Wiz returned to being an independent artist after a split with Warner Brothers in the Summer of ‘09. This did not slow things down, however, as he released his second album on Rostrum Records in November, entitled “Deal or No Deal.” The album had an insane amount of buzz months before it was released and it reached 1 on the iTunes Hip Hop chart the day it came out. Numerous sold out album-release shows followed, as documented in the new “This Plane” video.
Wiz’s profile on Myspace has exploded, being visited in excess of 6,000,000 times, tracks played over 21,000,000 times, and accumulating over 100,000 “friends” from all over the world. Moreover, Wiz has been a “Trending Topic” multiple times on Twitter and has gained over 60,000 followers. He continues to record and perform across the country this Winter/Spring as he embarks on a 40-city tour.