John Lamb, Published October 24 2012
Rapper Wiz Khalifa, a Minot native, playing Scheels Arena
The rapper was born Cameron Thomaz in Minot, N.D., with both of his parents serving in the military, but after two years the family moved to Pittsburgh.
Khalifa caught fire last year after the release of his major label debut, “Rolling Papers.” The album contained the hits “Black and Yellow,” “Roll up” and “No Sleep” and put him in the spotlight after nine mix-tapes and two indie albums released since 2005.
Khalifa is set to release his second disc, “O.N.I.F.C.” (the sanitized title is “One Night in First Class”) Dec. 4. Despite the disc being pushed back twice, singles “Work Hard, Play Hard” and “Miss You” have already been released, the former coming out in April.
The release delays coupled with the announcement that the rapper and his fiancé, model Amber Rose, were expecting. Earlier this week Rose revealed they were having a boy.
Khalifa couldn’t be reached for an interview with The Forum, but he talked to the Chicago Tribune about having a baby.
“I think about it all the time. I think it’s going to be interesting,” the 25-year-old said. “It’s going to be fun. I’m going to show a lot of people that it can be done. I’m going to do it the right way, I’m not going to be one of those un-involved parents who has stuff to do and can’t be with their kid. I’m going to do it all.”
Asked how parenthood would affect touring, Khalifa said, “Nothing’s going to change.”
Maybe, maybe not.
He frequently raps about “bitches,” “hos,” drinking and smoking weed. Will he continue to roll that way once his baby arrives?
Pretty soon Wiz will be setting aside the “Terrible Towel” he waves in the “Black and Yellow” video for baby blankets. And “Black and Yellow” could just describe what he finds in diapers.
“Roll up” may be directed to a girlfriend, but the lines, “Whenever you need me, whenever want me/ You know you can call me, I’ll be there shortly” also work as a father picking his child up. And any reference to crib may be to the actual baby’s bed, not just Khalifa’s house.
“No Sleep” may be his ode to all-night parties, but with a baby in the house he’ll discover a new meaning of the phrase.
On the other hand Khalifa’s pal Snoop Dogg didn’t let parenthood change his lifestyle that much.
Then again, Snoop hasn’t been back to Fargo since playing here 11 years ago.
If you go
What: Wiz Khalifa with Juicy J, Chevy Woods, Lola Monroe, Tuki Carter and Berner
When: Doors at 6 p.m., music at 7 p.m., Tuesday
Where: Scheels Arena, 5225 31st Ave S., Fargo
Info: Tickets are $39.50 for general admission seating and $45 general admission floor, additional fees may apply. (800) 745-3000
Readers can reach Forum reporter John Lamb at (701) 241-5533