7 things you may not know about Wiz Khalifa, who is set to play Walnut Creek Sunday

Rapper Wiz Khalifa.Photo by Brent N. Clarke/Invision/AP

“I wonder why I’m in such @wizkhalifamood right now?” That’s what newly acquired Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Chris Archer tweeted on Aug. 1. Archer, who is from Clayton, was traded from the Tampa Bay Rays at the Major League Baseball trade deadline last week.

It’s fitting that Archer now plays in Pittsburgh and the Grammy-nominated Khalifa — who is from Pittsburgh — will perform in the Triangle Sunday at Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek.

Here’s a few facts about Khalifa, who is best known for his 2012 hit “Black and Yellow.”

1. Growing up Khalifa

Even though he has a fascination with marijuana, Khalifa grew up in a surprisingly structured manner as a military brat. He came of age around the world due to his father’s vocation.

2. Father knows best

Khalifa’s dad is an influential and present role model. During a 2014 chat with Khalifa in the Hartford Courant, his father was in the hotel room with his famous son. Khalifa waxed about how huge of an impact his father has had on him as a person and as a figure who exposed him to music. Khalifa’s dad introduced him to Jimi Hendrix, which isn’t something you hear from your average rapper.

3. Having goals helped Khalifa score

During the same conversation with The Courant four years ago, the charismatic rapper also revealed that his father encouraged him to write a list of goals. That’s an exercise that would be expected of a fledgling stockbroker, not a hip-hop artist.

4. Khalifa is also a businessman

Khalifa was prescient enough to leave Warner Brothers in 2009 in order to go independent. It was all about autonomy for Khalifa, who sought creative control. He later signed with Atlantic Records.

5. Ink is all over Khalifa’s body

Khalifa views his body as a canvas. Tattoos cover Khalifa’s lithe frame, as a Body Art Guru profile shows. You would have to be a math major to count all of the tattoos, which are all over Khalifa’s skin. Some of the more significant ones are a dice tattoo, which signifies taking risks. There’s the 412, which is his hometown’s area code. There is the eyebrow tattoo, which is a nautical symbol that’s a star. That’s the only ink he’ll add to his face. Even though Khalifa is running out of space, he will not go further with his face. Khalifa is no Mike Tyson.

6. Khalifa has hometown loyalty

Khalifa says it all in his anthemic cut “Black and Yellow,” which pays homage to Pittsburgh. The colors refer to the iconic Steelers, the uber successful Penguins and the reemerging Pirates.

7. Free Cannabis

Khalifa may no longer pay for marijuana. He’s sponsored by The Cookie Company, a medical marijuana dispenser. The company markets his “Khalifa Kush.”

Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd

When: Sunday, Aug. 12; 6 p.m.
Where: Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek, 3801 Rock Quarry Rd., Raleigh.
Tickets: $29.50, $39 and $84.50.
More information: 919-831-6400, www.walnutcreekamphitheatre.com


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