The Evolution of Wiz Khalifa

A look at the We Dem Boyz MC's rise up on his birthday.

Happy Birthday, Wiz! - Wiz Khalifa?s sitting on top charts with his first No.1 album, Blacc Hollywood, is married to bodacious beauty Amber Rose and is the head of his own Taylor Gang Records. Needless to say, this birthday's a happy one. Today, Sept. 8, 2014, we celebrate his 27th with a look at his evolution from the hazy days of his independent hustle to his becoming a hit-making hip hop star.  ? Dominique Zonye? (@DominiqueZonyee) and BET Staff(Photo: Jlnphotography/WENN.com)

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Happy Birthday, Wiz! - Wiz Khalifa’s sitting on top charts with his first No.1 album, Blacc Hollywood, is married to bodacious beauty Amber Rose and is the head of his own Taylor Gang Records. Needless to say, this birthday's a happy one. Today, Sept. 8, 2014, we celebrate his 27th with a look at his evolution from the hazy days of his independent hustle to his becoming a hit-making hip hop star.  — Dominique Zonyeé (@DominiqueZonyee) and BET Staff(Photo: Jlnphotography/WENN.com)

Pittsburgh's Finest - In 2005, a young Cameron Jibril Thomaz released his first mixtape, Prince of the City: Welcome to Pistolvania, which was very well received on the underground rap scene. He soon followed up with his Rostrum Records debut, Show and Prove, and subsequently became one of Rolling Stone magazine's "artists to watch."(Photo: Warner Bros Records)

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Pittsburgh's Finest - In 2005, a young Cameron Jibril Thomaz released his first mixtape, Prince of the City: Welcome to Pistolvania, which was very well received on the underground rap scene. He soon followed up with his Rostrum Records debut, Show and Prove, and subsequently became one of Rolling Stone magazine's "artists to watch."(Photo: Warner Bros Records)

Army Brat - Because both of his parents were in the military, Wiz lived in different countries before moving to Pittsburgh. Exposed to Germany, Japan and England in his youth, Wiz's worldy influence contributed to his widespread mainstream appeal. The rapper, however, was actually born in North Dakota.

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Army Brat - Because both of his parents were in the military, Wiz lived in different countries before moving to Pittsburgh. Exposed to Germany, Japan and England in his youth, Wiz's worldy influence contributed to his widespread mainstream appeal. The rapper, however, was actually born in North Dakota.

Warner Bros. Signing - Wiz Khalifa got his big break in 2007 when he was snatched up by Warner Bros. Records. During this time, Wiz flooded the market with mixtapes, songs, concert appearances and more, increasing his visibility and getting his buzz up.(Photo: Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup)

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Warner Bros. Signing - Wiz Khalifa got his big break in 2007 when he was snatched up by Warner Bros. Records. During this time, Wiz flooded the market with mixtapes, songs, concert appearances and more, increasing his visibility and getting his buzz up.(Photo: Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup)

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Check Out My Melody - By 2009, Wiz was experimenting more with his musical style. The rapper released a collaboration mixtape, How Fly, with New Orleans rapper Curren$y. On the project, Wiz showcased his sing-songy flow along with his rap talent. He followed that with another mixtape, Burn After Rolling, where he rapped over familiar beats from other artists.(Photo: Scott Gries/PictureGroup)

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Switching Labels - In July 2009, after the delay of his intended major label debut, First Flight, Wiz Khalifa announced that he was leaving Warner Bros. and was "happy to be moving on." He released his second album, Deal or No Deal, independently.(Photo: Scott Gries/PictureGroup)

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Switching Labels - In July 2009, after the delay of his intended major label debut, First Flight, Wiz Khalifa announced that he was leaving Warner Bros. and was "happy to be moving on." He released his second album, Deal or No Deal, independently.(Photo: Scott Gries/PictureGroup)

Freshmen Class  - Wiz was featured on the cover of XXL magazine in March of 2010 for the magazine's Top 10 Freshmen issue alongside rappers J. Cole, Nipsey Hu$le and Big Sean. He was later named "Rookie of the Year" by The Source magazine.(Photo: XXL Magazine)

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Freshmen Class - Wiz was featured on the cover of XXL magazine in March of 2010 for the magazine's Top 10 Freshmen issue alongside rappers J. Cole, Nipsey Hu$le and Big Sean. He was later named "Rookie of the Year" by The Source magazine.(Photo: XXL Magazine)

Kush and Orange Juice - Wiz made his critically acclaimed Kush and Orange Juice mixtape available for free download in April of 2010. The mixtape became a trending topic on Twitter and ranked No. 1 on Google's hot search trends. Not long after, Wiz announced his signing to Atlantic Records.(Photo: D. Salters/WENN.com)

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Kush and Orange Juice - Wiz made his critically acclaimed Kush and Orange Juice mixtape available for free download in April of 2010. The mixtape became a trending topic on Twitter and ranked No. 1 on Google's hot search trends. Not long after, Wiz announced his signing to Atlantic Records.(Photo: D. Salters/WENN.com)

Black and Yellow - Khalifa released the monster single "Black and Yellow" in the fall of 2010, which coincided with the Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl run. The song became an anthem and hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The song created high anticipation for Wiz's 2011 Atlantic Records debut, Rolling Papers.(Photo: WireImage)

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Black and Yellow - Khalifa released the monster single "Black and Yellow" in the fall of 2010, which coincided with the Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl run. The song became an anthem and hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The song created high anticipation for Wiz's 2011 Atlantic Records debut, Rolling Papers.(Photo: WireImage)

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Blonde Bombshell - In early 2011, the rapper started dating hip hop socialite and fellow Pennsylvanian Amber Rose.(Photo: Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup)

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Rip the Runway - Wiz performed his hit single "Black and Yellow" at BET's Rip the Runway 2011, where he introduced the yellow stripe in his hair. The look has become his signature hairstyle.(Photo: Picturegroup)

From Rolling Papers to Rolling Stone - In March of 2011, Wiz Khalifa landed himself on the cover of Rolling Stone, not an easy task for a new rapper.(Photo: Rollingstone Magazine)

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From Rolling Papers to Rolling Stone - In March of 2011, Wiz Khalifa landed himself on the cover of Rolling Stone, not an easy task for a new rapper.(Photo: Rollingstone Magazine)

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Rolling Papers - Fueled in part by the success of "Black and Yellow," Wiz released his major label debut album Rolling Papers on March 29, 2011. The project debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 charts.(Photo: Twitter)

Love Birds - The happy couple's love was officially public as they walked the 2011 BET Awards red carpet hand in hand and lip-locked. They answered questions together and gave the press something to talk about.(Photo: Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup)

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Love Birds - The happy couple's love was officially public as they walked the 2011 BET Awards red carpet hand in hand and lip-locked. They answered questions together and gave the press something to talk about.(Photo: Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup)

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Best New Artist - That evening, Wiz won the award for Best New Artist at the 2011 BET Awards.(Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Best New Artist - That evening, Wiz won the award for Best New Artist at the 2011 BET Awards.(Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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The Next Generation - At the VMAs in September 2012, Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose announced that they were having a child and later appeared together on the cover of XXL.(Photo: XXL Magazine)

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O.N.I.F.C. - Wiz welcomed another one of his creations into the world on  Dec. 4, 2012, his album O.N.I.F.C. The Pittsburgh rapper hit up 106 & Park the night before the album release to tell fans all about his newest masterpiece, his relationship with Amber, his feelings on fatherhood and much more. (Photo: Warner Bros Records)

Wiz Khalifa Day - After debuting at No.2 with Only N----a in First Class, Wiz, who has always shown love for his hometown, was honored by the city that put him on the map. The City of Pittsburg made Dec. 12, 2012, Wiz Khalifa Day with his smash hit ?Black and Yellow? the theme of Pittsburgh pride.(Photo: CBS Pittsburgh)

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Wiz Khalifa Day - After debuting at No.2 with Only N----a in First Class, Wiz, who has always shown love for his hometown, was honored by the city that put him on the map. The City of Pittsburg made Dec. 12, 2012, Wiz Khalifa Day with his smash hit “Black and Yellow” the theme of Pittsburgh pride.(Photo: CBS Pittsburgh)

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A Family Affair - Wiz and Amber already solidified their love for one another when they became engaged in 2012, but nothing says ‘I Love You’ like sharing a bundle of joy. The couple welcomed their first child, Sebastian Taylor Thomaz, known as "Baby Bash" into the world on Feb. 21, 2013.(Photo: Splash News)

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Picture Perfect - First came the baby, then came marriage for the couple who knew they were destined from day one. They tied the knot in a civil ceremony on July 8, 2013. On their one-year anniversary, Amber posted never before seen images from their very special ceremony.(Photo: Amber Rose via Instagram)

Taylored Up - With a happy wife, Wiz continues to have a happy life. The Taylor Gang chief expanded his Taylor Gang records label, which already includes Juicy J, Chevy Woods and Ty Dolla $ign, to a new distribution deal with InGrooves Music Group.(Photo: Josh Brasted/Getty Images)

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Taylored Up - With a happy wife, Wiz continues to have a happy life. The Taylor Gang chief expanded his Taylor Gang records label, which already includes Juicy J, Chevy Woods and Ty Dolla $ign, to a new distribution deal with InGrooves Music Group.(Photo: Josh Brasted/Getty Images)

No. 1 - The third time was the charm for Wiz, after he scored his first No. 1 album with Blacc Hollywood. The album took the top spot spot on the Billboard 200 after selling 90,000 first week. This time, Amber celebrated by posting a twerk video to his single ?A?Drop.? Life is good.(Photo: Atlantic Records)

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No. 1 - The third time was the charm for Wiz, after he scored his first No. 1 album with Blacc Hollywood. The album took the top spot spot on the Billboard 200 after selling 90,000 first week. This time, Amber celebrated by posting a twerk video to his single “A—Drop.” Life is good.(Photo: Atlantic Records)