The Sonic Evolution Of Wiz Khalifa: The Road To Blacc Hollywood


It’s only natural that an artist’s music evolves over the course of his career, but Cameron Jibril Thomaz -better known as Wiz Khalifa- has gone through a drastic transformation. Since his 2006 release of his debut album Show and Prove, Khalifa introduced himself as a gritty Pittsburgh rapper ready to claim the throne. Today, Wiz sits comfortably at the top with his first number one albumBlacc Hollywood. Listening to a 19-year-old kid from the streets of “Pistolvania,” Khalifa’s voice is almost unrecognizable as today’s light hearted rapper and lover of Ms. Mary Jane. To understand his evolution, we must start from the beginning in a track-by-track comparison of Wiz then and now.

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by (@JordanRuntagh)

Day 1 At Hangout Fest: 6 Acts You Absolutely CAN’T Miss On Today’s Livestream

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Hangout Fest 2014 officially kicks off today, and we’re hitting the ground running with some stellar A-list acts of every flavor! But how do you choose between the more than two dozen bands playing? Don’t worry! VH1 has broken it all down for you. Here are the six performances that you simply CANNOT miss today…

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Daddy Time: Wiz Khalifa And Amber Rose Are In Labor [UPDATED]

Wiz Khalifa Amber Rose In Labor

This slightly creepy photo of Pittsburgh’s Native Son is not an outtake from a music video or an early Halloween costume idea: Wiz Khalifa is about to be a dad! After what feels like way more than three trimesters–and we’re speaking for ourselves; we can only imagine how mom-to-be is doing–Wiz and his fiance Amber Rose are currently in labor with their first child. Aren’t you happy social media exists? Drop everything and get some ice chips.

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Another Reason To Love Florence Welch: She Owns A$AP Rocky’s “I Come Apart”

There’s excitement about the Harlem kid who unapologetically wears plaits and pushes fashion boundaries by fearlessly rocking a skirt. Almost a full month before A$AP Rocky‘s long awaited LongLiveASAP his full album leaked to his disappointment. It’s expected for an album to leak a week prior to release, but a full month is a devastating blow to a new artist. When your entire LP leaks individual songs will soon follow. “I Come Apart,” a bonus track featuring Florence Welch of Florence & The Machine hit the ‘net today showcasing one of the many experimental sounds he toys with.

He opens sounding like a younger Kanye. “I thought you said you’d never leave.” With little bass A$AP opts for a calm flow. By his final verse he’s gone from sounding like Yeezy to Wiz Khalifa. Florence’s voice is the song’s glory. Instinctively you hone in on the chorus she sings. A$AP takes chances. It has been one of his greatest assets. You’re unable to put A$AP in any type of box. He knows that and lives by it in his music.

A$AP Rocky feat. Florence Welch – I Come Apart (leak) [Oh No They Didn't]

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Wiz Khalifa Performs “Remember You” On Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Weeknd Was M.I.A.

Earlier this week Wiz Khalifa held his smoked out listening session in NYC for his sophomore album O.N.I.F.C. (Only N*gga In First Class) dropping December 4. It was an extravaganza of the largest blunts you’ve ever seen along with three bikini-clad women painted in animal print. There was music, too, including a video to “The Bluff” featuring Cam’ron. Where have you been, Cam? It’s been a minute. Read more…