Whip-thin, big-grin, ripped rapper Wiz Khalifa – featured in The Hedonist Issue – is the 23-year-old Pittsburgh native.
Wiz snatched the UK’s attention with the anthemic ‘Black & Yellow’, a tribute to his hometown football team and their colours. Now ‘Roll Up’ and its Cassie-starring video are helping cement his power player position in the new gen of hip hop. Last week he played his first ever UK gig at Shepherd’s Bush Empire and picked Tottenham’s Wretch 32 to support. Despite mixed critical reactions to Wiz’s album Rolling Papers, the crowd were crazed, crowning him a new giant in the game with their chants of “Taylor Gang!!!” (the name of Wiz’s clique). i-D Online nodded their heads alongside his girlfriend, Kanye’s ex, Amber Rose and met him backstage to get his reaction to the rowdy UK fans. Watch the video for news of his upcoming film with Snoop, a flash of his sharky back tattoo and a tender moment about his dog.