The Pittsburgh-raised rapper knows how to make a statement. On the last day of the Pirates home season at PNC Park on Sept. 27, Wiz Khalifa (nee Cameron Thomas) was invited to throw out the first pitch of the game against the Orioles.
Wearing a "Legalize It" t-shirt and a yellow cap, upon being announced and standing on the mound, Khalifa lifted his right hand to his mouth and did a fake toke for all to see. He tossed an errant pitch and then controversy ensued.
Major League Baseball responded with the following statement:
"Marijuana is a prohibited substance in all of our drug programs. It's unfortunate this situation occurred. The Pirates have informed us that this should not have happened."
Of course, there was no way to know that Khalifa would make the grand toke gesture in front of 25,000 baseball fans, but someone had to have seen his t-shirt.
Khalifa was included in Variety's 2017 Hollyweed Impact List:
"The Grammy-nominated rapper—often referred to as Snoop Dogg's heir apparent—has his own marijuana strain, Khlaifa Kush... The 30-year-old Pittsburgh native also has a sponsorship with RAW papers and a new short-form series produced by Merry Jane."
Khalifa was born on Sept. 8, 1987 in Minot, ND and raised in Pittsburgh. He signed a recording contract with Rostrom Records when he was just 16. That led to a deal with Atlantic Records. His first two albums built awareness, but it was his third, Roilling Papers, in 2011, that was the charm for the burgeoning hip-hop artist. It peaked at No. 2 and was followed by O.N.I.F.C. (No. 2, 2012) and Blacc Hollywood (No. 1, 2014). He's had 18 singles hit the Top 100, including two No. 1s—"Black and Yellow" (2010) and "See You Again" ft. Charlie Puth (2015), which was nominated for a Grammy.
In addition, he's released a number of pot-friendly mixtapes: Grow Season (2007), Burn After Rolling (2009), Kush & Orange Juice (2010), 28 Grams (2014), Pre-Rolleds (2017) and Bong Rips (2017).
Leafly.com describe Khalifa Kush, which is avaialble in California and Colorado, as "similar to that of OG Kush: sour lemon and pine with an active cerebral buzz for morning and daytime use." His sponsored RAW products include papers, cones, filters and rolling trays.
Back in April, Khalifa told Vice:
'Smoking just helps to free my mind, slow my thoughts down and think about everything not only in a more poetic way, but in a more creative way in general. I'm able to relax and be free. I like ot smoke before, during and after I'm making music.'