Cameron Jibril Thomaz (born September 8, 1987) is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter better known by his stage name Wiz Khalifa. Show and Prove, his debut album, was published in 2006, and he signed with Warner Bros. Records in 2007. His Eurodance-influenced tune “Say Yeah” had a minor hit in 2008, reaching the Rhythmic Top 40 and Hot Rap Tracks lists.
Thomaz left Warner Bros. in November 2009 and released his second album, Deal or No Deal. He signed with Atlantic Records after releasing the mixtape Kush and Orange Juice as a free download in April 2010. With his debut single for Atlantic, “Black and Yellow,” Thomaz took a more radio-friendly, pop-oriented approach.
The song, which is a tribute to his hometown of Pittsburgh, started at number 100 on the Billboard Hot 100 and eventually reached number one. The song was the lead single from his third album, Rolling Papers, which was released in March 2011 and featured the singles “Roll Up” and “No Sleep,” both of which charted in the Top 40.
Wiz Khalifa on Why He Became a Mixed Martial Artist: ‘i’m Just Tired of Getting My Ass Whooped,’ He Says
Wiz Khalifa finally stops drawing on the whiteboard walls inside one of Bleacher Report’s meeting rooms and glances back at the end of the 15-minute interview. Khalifa says, “I feel like I’m being interrogated for a fight.”
Khalifa’s physical metamorphosis sparked sports culture excitement while promoting his latest album, Rolling Papers 2, which was released in July. He gained 35 pounds in the four years between studio albums as a result of his latest passion: mixed martial arts.
Khalifa is no longer the “thin Lil n—-a” he referred to himself as when he weighed 140 pounds in his music. Instead, we’ve been teased about the idea of seeing Khalifa in a true MMA battle at 175 pounds.
In May, Unbreakable Performance CEO and Fox NFL Insider Jay Glazer told TMZ Sports, “I’ve been punched in the body by Chuck [Liddell] many times, Randy [Couture], Kyle Long—the biggest and deadliest dudes on the globe.” “This is going to sound strange, but Wiz is the only person who has ever hit me in the body with a body shot. I was like, ‘I think Wiz Khalifa just freaked injured me.’ Wiz got me in a body shot where he kept digging, and I was like, ‘I think Wiz Khalifa just freaked hurt me.’ ‘You’ve got to be kidding.'”
Khalifa told TMZ Sports a week later that he could go pro if he wanted to, but “I prefer rapping better.” “You have to pay me a lot of money to get me to fight,” he stated at the time, yet when asked about it today, he insists he doesn’t recall making the remark.
Is Khalifa willing to enter the Octagon? Before his Dazed & Blazed summer tour with Rae Sremmurd, B/R met up with him to find out how he got into mixed martial arts and what he hopes to do with it.
MMA Training Helped Wiz Khalifa Acquire 35 Pounds of Muscle
Wiz Khalifa, the Pittsburgh rapper, may not be entering the UFC octagon anytime soon, but he admitted Friday that he has gained a lot of weight while training in mixed martial arts.
According to Bleacher Report, Khalifa has been training at a Los Angeles gym with jiu-jitsu instructor Rigan Machado, who is an eighth-degree red and black belt. He stated that he was desperate to learn how to fight.
“My cousins also practice jiu-jitsu and stand-up,” Khalifa explained. “I was sick of getting my a$$ kicked, so I decided to learn how to fight.” Khalifa, who has previously rapped about his weight, is said to have gone from 140 pounds to 175 pounds as a result of his gym training.
“Before, I was fine with being skinny. But as a 30-year-old man, I prefer to be heavier,” he explained. The rapper appeared to have a more sculpted figure in recent Instagram images than in prior years.
Khalifa began training in MMA in May when Fox Sports NFL insider Jay Glazer told TMZ that Khalifa could hold his own in the sport and even become pro if he so desired.
Glazer, who discovered the gym Khalifa was training in, told TMZ at the time, “I’ve been hit in the body by Chuck [Liddell] numerous times, Randy [Couture], Kyle Long – the biggest and toughest dudes on the globe.” “This is going to sound strange, but Wiz is the only person who has ever hit me in the body with a body shot.” I was like, ‘I think Wiz Khalifa just freaked injured me.’ Wiz got me in a body shot where he kept digging, and I was like, ‘I think Wiz Khalifa just freaked hurt me.’ ‘You’ve got to be kidding me,’ I say.
Later, Khalifa remarked that he could go pro if he truly wanted to, but that he preferred “rapping.” Khalifa just released his second album, “Rolling Papers 2,” and is about to embark on a tour with Rae Sremmurd.
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