Wiz Khalifa has come a long way from his humble beginnings as a teen rapper from Pittsburgh. Now, a seasoned artist at ridiculously young age, Wiz bypassed the major label system to get himself hot on his own with a slew of mixtapes and independent projects, from Prince of the City to Show and Prove, which netted him a deal with Warner Bros. After sitting on the shelf without an album on the streets, however, the charasmatic MC parted ways with WB last year and hit the independent scene even harder. He scored a slot on the cover of XXL’s esteemed “Freshman 10″ cover earlier this year, has sold out shows without a heavy co-sign, and the world was introduced to his Taylor Gang following when he dropped the standout mixtape Kush & Orange Juice; the hashtag #kushandorangejuice became the number one trending topic on Twitter.
The “Hottest Breakthough MC of 2010″ has kept the blogosphere buzzing about whether he’ll call another major label home again. During his appearance on “RapFix Live” on Friday (July 30), the upstart rapper put all of the rumors to rest (Has he already? Is he gonna?) and confirmed that he will in fact be joining the Atlantic Records roster.
“Yeah, I’m signing to Atlantic,” Wiz told “RapFix Live” host Sway. “We’ve been working on it for a minute. I wanted to make sure that I had records that I was comfortable with before I went to any label or any situation. I wanted to make sure I had my direction so when I take it to them it’s like, ‘Let’s go.’ ”