With a knack for creating feel good music and a style that is all his own, how could you not love a guy like Wiz Khalifa?
Born Cameron Jibril Thomaz, Wiz Khalifa has seen his career rise steadily ever since his first record deal with Warner Bros. in 2008. Khalifa left the record company a year later after having minor success with a couple of mixtapes. It wasn’t until he signed with Atlantic Records a year later that he achieved worldwide success with his first single Black and Yellow.
Since then, Wiz Khalifa has remained at the forefront of the rap scene, having released five successful studio albums and starring in movies, such as cult classic Mac & Devin Go to High School alongside Snoop Dogg.
As impressive as his career has been, one thing that has been amazing to observe is Khalifa’s style transformation. At the start of his career, Wiz Khalifa’s style was a sort of urban street style. Oversized t-shirts or hoodies paired with baggie jeans or shorts and his small afro with the small patch of blonde in the front, fit in well with the other rappers of the time, though even then one could tell he was a budding ‘fashionisto’. Nowadays, he has adopted a more alternative style of dress. A new age Jimmie Hendrix if you will.
Now sporting locs, Khalifa’s main ‘uniform’ consists of a printed or solid colored button up which is almost always unbuttoned to the navel, displaying his amazing tattoos and some sort of extravagant neck jewelry. One could argue that his mainstream success and his sense of style has gone hand in hand. Of course the main source of his staying power has been his ability to relate to people through his music. However, it’s probably more appeasing to upper class parents when the rappers their children are listening to have a sense of style.
Written by Dominique Bedell