I don't consider myself an A-list celebrity or a big dog, but every time I meet somebody, even rappers who've been in the game for years... they're like, 'Man, I'm trying to get on your level.'
I think hip-hop is really fun right now... and that's why people are using dance beats and singing more.
I've been pretty focused my entire life, and now that I have a family, I'm just going to keep that focus, but it's going to be a family focus.
There's people who I admire like... Dr. Dre, Puff Daddy, Master P, people who built their stuff and are still going.
Since I was younger I've been making the best out of nothing.
When you're from the East Coast or you're from the South, people expect you to sound a certain way. So if you don't sound that way, people won't label you as that type of artist. For me, I had a whole new lane to create for myself being from Pittsburgh and being a Midwest artist.
You don't have to be a certain thing to be cool. If you're white, you don't have to act black or whatever. Just be you and know who you are.
People connect with me just as a cool, around-the-way type of guy.
My live performance, it just comes from feeling an energy and emotion from the crowd.
Even with whatever people want to label me with, there are so many other sides to me.
I critique myself way harder than anybody else could critique me.
I don't have problems with people, because if I do, I address it.
I see myself as like the lead singer of a band or something.
I love my wife. We FaceTime and we talk on the phone and she travels to come see me when she can. But she works as well. But we see each other a lot more than people would think, though, because we make it happen and we love each other so much.
'Khalifa' is Arabic, it means successor, leader, shining light. My granddad is Muslim and he gave me that name.
Every artist picks what they want to put out there, what image they want to portray, and what they want people to know about where they're from.
I groom, but it doesn't take me a long time to get to what people see.
The most daring thing is to be yourself and to do exactly what you want to do at that point in time and not to be worried with what other people are doing or what's popular.
I have a huge span of fans, some who know all my radio songs and are familiar with my popular stuff and then some who have their own personal favorites. When I do my show, I try to take into consideration all those people.
Yeah, baggy jeans are done. Nobody wants to wear big, baggy jeans. Baggy jeans are completely over with.
My music and my fan base is really built off of my lifestyle.
Every day is new. It's just a new day. I look at six hours at a time.
My dad has been a big influence on me, because he's always had his own business. He really taught me business sense and how to be a focused individual, but also how to have fun and make everyone around you have fun.
I sleep on my stomach with my head under a bunch of pillows so if someone wants to come in and try to kill me they can't tell if I'm there or not, so they'll just leave.
I think wherever you go, when people hear good music, they will react to it.
I always envisioned myself being a rapper and being in the game and having success, but you never know what it feels like or how you're going to be when you're there.
I never write from concept. The beat is the beginning, and then I fill in the rest of the song into what it should be.
I've done a lot of work to get where I'm at, but I have to keep working.
Whatever I do, I do it because I want to do it and because it's completely, 100% me.
Just growing up in Pittsburgh and knowing different neighborhoods, having family there and just loving it, it's like no other place.
I have an idea of who I want to be, I have a vision of my own success.
The name 'Wiz' comes from me being the youngest dude in my age group of people that I hung out with. I was pretty good at anything I tried to do, so they would call me a young wiz.
Philly is more East Coast than Pittsburgh. It's closer to New Jersey and New York, so the vibe is way more fast-paced.