Wiz Khalifa may be a multi-platinum-selling, Grammy-winning, chart-topping rapper, but he’s still determined to keep it real when it comes to his son. However, not everyone is particularly impressed with one of his parenting choices. Here’s a look at how a simple school bus journey sent the internet into meltdown.
Born in North Dakota in 1987, Khalifa – then known as Cameron Jibril Thomaz – had a peripatetic childhood, residing in the U.K., Germany and Japan before ultimately putting down roots in Pittsburgh. And he first caught attention for his rapping skills through a mixtape promoting several emerging talents in his hometown. That exposure led Khalifa on to bigger things, in fact, as he subsequently signed a deal with Rostrum Records and, in 2005, dropped his debut mixtape.
After releasing his first studio effort, Show and Prove, in 2006, Khalifa also inked a short-lived deal with Warner Bros. Success eventually followed too, as in 2008 the rapper scored his first Billboard chart entry with “Say Yeah.” The following year also saw him support Wu-Tang Clan’s U-God at New York City’s CMJ Music Marathon, while in 2010 he was crowned by The Source magazine as “Rookie of the Year.” Khalifa then justified the hype with a U.S. number one.