American rapper Wiz Khalifa earned $11 million over the past year, which has put him into the eleventh spot in the Forbe’s yearly Hip-Hop Cash Kings List. Born Cameron Jibril Thomaz, this young and talented man hailed from Pittsburgh became one of the top-earning hip-hop artists of the year, in which great sales from his records, tours and merchandise comprise the majority of his earnings. With his 12-month long tour that kicked off last May 2010 extending until the same month the following year, including his earnings from his performances in 133 shows, the natural-born talent has become one of the youngest hip-hop artists to make it big in the music scene not only in fame but also in monetary gain.
Relying on his East Coast hip-hop influences, Khalifa rose to stardom over the course of the late 2000s with distinct and compelling rhyming talent. Great opportunities came his way after millions of Americans heard his certified triple-platinum single “Black and Yellow”, which became the unofficial theme song of his hometown Pittsburgh Steelers’ Super Bowl Run. This single has made him widely known, with his name reaching the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100. “Rolling Paper”, his first major studio album after producing various mixtapes and records under different labels, was released on March 29, 2011 and debuted at an impressive second place on the Billboard charts.
Already huge earnings from his album sales took a great leapt forward in total amount with Wiz Khalifa tickets and merchandise, which are made available in various websites and tours. With his public image as a marijuana aficionado as the main groundwork for his merchandise business, he earned huge sums from selling posters, t-shirts, gifts, clothing, calendars, key rings, tour books and other officially licensed Wiz Khalifa products. These can be ordered and bought online, as well as during tours and live performances. It is said that he sells an average of 700 shirts every night while on tour. He has built a strong fan base that buys his merchandise at whatever cost, with him being the all-time top-grossing urban artist at Hot Topic, a teen-oriented mall trailer. He is known to be very vocal about his marijuana-smoking habits and lifestyle, while people tend to appreciate that side of him.
He is currently in a much-celebrated relationship with Kanye West’s ex-girlfriend, Amber Rose, who has recently expressed her desire to settle down with him and bear his kids because at 28, she said her “mother instincts are ready”. They have been very open about their relationship, and as Khalifa usually say in the interviews, he and Amber share affection and understanding deeper than what skeptics consider as superficial and fleeting. The celebrity couple has proven them wrong with circulating talks about marriage and their seriousness about spending the rest of their lives together. Not only Wiz Khalifa is considered successful in his career, he is also quite lucky when it comes to love.