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Wiz Khalifa: 'I got name tattoo at 17'

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Wiz Khalifa 'Roll Up'
Wiz Khalifa has revealed that he got his first tattoo on his 17th birthday.

Appearing on MTV's When I Was 17, the 'Roll Up' rapper - born Cameron Thomaz - explained the significance behind his stage name and why he felt that it was important to have it inked across his arm at such a young age.

"The story behind my name is, I would always hang out with older guys, and I was good at everything I do, so they would be like, 'He's a young wiz', so that's where that came from," he recalled.

"And 'Khalifa' is Arabic for 'successor' and 'leader' and my granddad is Muslim, so he gave me that name; he felt like that's what I was doing with my music."

Rostrum Records CEO Benjy Grinberg also told the programme that the tattoo gave Khalifa confidence in his creative talents, adding: "That pretty much solidified his direction and was a symbol of his commitment to his craft."

Khalifa recently announced plans to collaborate with Snoop Dogg on a movie soundtrack.

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