HIP HOP PHENOMENON WIZ KHALIFA
March 18, 2006 I sat down with
Pittsburgh's Hip Hop Phenomenon Wiz Khalifa of Rostrum Records. He
let me know how he got started in the game and what his plans are for
has a CD out now called "Prince of the City - Welcome to Pistolvania"
which is hosted by Big Mike and features twenty tracks of non-stop flavor.
about everyone knows about or has heard of Wiz, but if this is your first
time finding out about the Wiz Kid, check out our exclusive interview
did you get interested in Hip Hop?
Wiz: Basically, I was always raised around music. They used to
play music in the house when I was little so I was always into music.
did get the name Wiz Khalifa?
Wiz: When I first started rapping my Uncle's name was 'Knowledge'
and we were all in a group. I wanted to make a name that was sort of like
his, so I chose Wisdom. My Uncle was Muslim so he gave me the "Khalifa"
which means "SUCCESSOR". I was Wisdom Khalifa for a while when
I was younger and then I turned about 15 and I dropped the "dom"
do you feel about having a mother who is a "Hip Hop Head"?
Wiz: It feels good because she supports everything that I do. So
anything I need she is there.
national or local artist has your respect?
Wiz: I think all the locals have my respect because we respect
each other. Nationally I respect Jay-Z, Snoop, Biggie, Three-Six Mafia,
Camron and others. I like a variety of artist. Locally I like The Govament
listen to your music often and it definitely has a national and professional
sound. My favorite track is "Oh No". I don't remember the verse,
but's it's something like, "Your hot in your hood, but I'm burning
towns down". When I listen to some of the tracks, it's sound a little
gangsta, but are you a gangsta?
Wiz: No. I wouldn't say I'm a gangsta. I don't really like to use
the word "gangsta" because that's associated with a lot bad
stuff or negative stuff. I look at it like I'm "streetwise".
I know what's going on in the hood. I got people in the hood like my family
members and friends and I've also seen what goes down in the hood. I got
a real good perspective of what's going on because I see it everyday and
I'm around it everyday.
just incorporate it into your music?
Wiz: Yes. Definitely
kind of answered this but do you consider yourself to be a mainstream,
gangsta, or conscious rapper?
Wiz: I try not to put myself into any of those brackets because
I feel like I just speak to the people and reach the masses. Whatever
they put me as I know I'm definitely not a gangsta rapper.
you in this for the long hall?
Wiz: Definitely. This is something that I have to do. Even if I
wasn't making the moves that I am making, I would still be rhyming and
working hard on my music because it's what I love and have to do.
long have you been rapping?
Wiz: Since I was 9 years old, but seriously since I was like 12.
been a lot of presence of Hip Hop artist on the scene from the 'Burgh
as of late. Do you plan to collaborate with any of them?
Wiz: I plan to collaborate with anybody from the 'Burgh who has
got that professional sound.
Wiz: No. There's a lot of haters, but the people that matter are
is finding out about you through news articles, magazines and on-line
presence. You're everywhere now. How are you handling the attention?
Wiz: I'm not the type of person to pat myself on the back. I don't
get hung on up on it. I express my cockiness through my music. I appreciate
this and I go around to talk to my fans.
though you're a Hip Hop artist who is still in High School, do you plan
to further your education?
Wiz: Right now, I'm doing well in school. I'm basically focusing
on graduating from High School and then pursue my music career. Basically
I'm in a position right now where my music career is good. Either I could
be a diehard and do what I need to do 100% or apply myself to something
else and it might not turn out how I want it to. I could always fall back
on college because it's in my mind to maybe pursue later.
do you want everyone to know about "Wiz Khalifa"?
Wiz: Good question. I'm trying to make good music for a lot of
great people to enjoy and what I'm doing is pure.
Shout outs to Wiz's Manager Chad Glick, Wiz's Hip Hop Mom Peachie, and
most definitely to Wiz himself.
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