Wiz Khalifa Honored by Pittsburgh with Official ‘Wiz Khalifa Day’
Rapper Wiz Khalifa was honored by the city of Pittsburgh today with a proclamation declaring Dec. 12, 2012 (aka 12-12-12) as "Wiz Khalifa Day."
The stoner, joined by his pregnant fiancee Amber Rose and family members, was in the City Council chambers on Tuesday (Dec. 11) to humbly accept the honor as ambassador for his hometown. It's a noteworthy acknowledgement for the Steel City rhyme-slinger who put Pittsburgh on the rap map in 2010, with his anthemic song 'Black and Yellow.'
"Thank you guys. I really appreciate it. It means a lot to me. Even when I moved around when I was younger, everywhere I went, I told people I was from Pittsburgh," said Wiz during his acceptance speech. "To come so far and to represent and to have everybody be proud of me and happy that I’m doing so well, I don’t even feel like I’m doing the greatest. I could do better and better. But with your guys’ support, I think I could be the best ever."
The 'Remember You' rapper later told the Post-Gazette that he wants to continue inspiring people outside of the music as well. "I just feel like when I change people's lives with my music, that's the start," he says. "But when I start doing it with other things, then that's when it'll get bigger and better, so this is just the beginning."
Wiz's grandfather, Jibril Abdul-Hafeef, a noted Pittsburgh community activist, and his mom, Katie Wimbush, also received proclamations from the city. The emcee took to Twitter to thank his Taylors (aka his fans) and encouraged them to celebrate on this glorious day. "I also wanna thank the city of Pittsburgh for making 12-12 "Wiz Khalifa Day" in the 'Burgh. Get stoned :)," he tweeted.
One more thing worth celebrating: Wiz's second LP, 'O.N.I.F.C.,' debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 album chart with 141,000 copies moved in its first week of release.
It was a win-win for Wizzy today! Congratulations!
Watch Wiz Khalifa's 'Black and Yellow' Video