Madison Concert Ticket Giveaway: Wiz Khalifa, 10.01.10

Wiz Khalifa

At only 23 years old, Wiz Khalifa is already making huge waves in the hip hop world.  He has shared stages with gargantuan names such as Murs, Atmosphere, Snoop Dogg, and Wu-Tang Clan and was recently named MTV’s Hottest Breakthrough MC of 2010.

The sky is the limit for this talented rap phenom, and we can’t wait to see what he has in store for his Madison fans at his almost sold out October 1 show at The Orpheum.  Want to win tickets?  Of course you do!  Read on to find out how to enter.

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Friday, October 1, 2010

WIZ KHALIFA with special guests YELAWOLF and SMOKES

Orpheum Theatre – 8pm – $20 adv $25 dos – all ages

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BIOGRAPHY: (by Cyril Cordor, allmusic.com)

Possessing a keenness that belied his age, Pittsburgh, PA, rap lyricist Wiz Khalifa came to be a rising star over the course of the late 2000s based on his young bravado and hardcore yet charismatic execution of rhymes. Consciously building up his city’s hip-hop reputation, he sought out to create a sound that was uniquely Pittsburgh, relying on his East Coast (Jay-Z, Wu-Tang Clan), Southern (Three 6 Mafia), and other (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony) hip-hop influences.

A military brat, Khalifa, whose real name is Cameron Thomaz, was born in 1987 in Minot, ND. After his parents divorced when he was about age three, he lived in various places and military bases around the world before settling in Pittsburgh. He was constantly writing during that time and soaked up a great deal of knowledge from his globetrotting experiences. His first attempt at committing lyrics to paper happened around age nine, and at 12 he was already recording and producing his own records in his father’s Oklahoma studio.

As soon as he returned to Pittsburgh, Khalifa laid down the groundwork to begin a solo career and kept busy recording music in a local studio, called I.D. Labs, in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of the city. Khalifa stood out among the studio’s regulars, prompting the I.D. Labs staff to offer him free beats and recording time, plus bringing him to the attention of Benjy Grinberg, a former executive assistant to L.A. Reid at Arista Records who had started up a new independent label, Rostrum Records.

Signed to Rostrum, Khalifa built a buzz in Pittsburgh with a few singles, but he began to draw eyes and ears nationally during his senior year in high school with his first mixtape, Prince of the City: Welcome to Pistolvania, in early 2006. And with the release of his independent full-length debut, Show and Prove, later that year, major publications, including Vibe, XXL, and Rolling Stone, featured profiles on the young rapper, projecting him to be the leading voice of Pittsburgh hip-hop.

A regular staple on Pittsburgh radio, Khalifa was definitely living up to that prediction, going on to sell tens of thousands of mixtapes, not to mention tens of thousands of Show and Prove copies around the country. It was only a matter of time before the major labels came looking for the stand-out Pittsburgh rapper. In summer 2007, Khalifa and Rostrum hopped on board with Warner and cut his first major-label single, “Young’n on His Grind.”

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WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS: In “Red Carpet (Like A Movie)” Wiz raps about the idyllic lifestyles usually only found on-screen. If your life could be like any movie, what would you choose and why? Leave your responses in the comments section below.

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Please have your responses in by tomorrow (Thursday, September 30th) at 6:00pm.  We will be choosing and notifying the winners at that time.  Good luck everyone!

15 Responses

  1. It would have to be Love Me If You Dare (Jeux d’enfants) because I envy the unrestrained thrill that drives their lives; in the end to end up sublimely content.

  2. If my life was like a movie, I’d like it to be a musical version of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. I’m obsessed with teleportation, and time travel in a phone booth would obviously be the ultimate teleportation experience. Totally classy. Plus, musicals! They’re a built-in soundtrack to adventure, excitement, romance, suspense, maybe some sexiness; everybody wins!

    Plus, Bill S. Preston, Esquire’s midriff shirt in that movie was sort of hot. And we could sing a sexy song about it accompanied by Beethoven on piano and Billy the Kid and Socrates on backup vox.

  3. If my life were like a movie I would want it to be like the movie Eat Pray Love because it is about a woman who takes action to change the stagnant life she lives. She pursues the pleasures of the world, spirituality, and personal meaning out of life. If i wasn’t living the life i wanted to live, I wouldn’t want to be stuck in misery. I would want to find meaning and beauty in life again!

  4. This show is sold out, so let’s see more entries!

  5. Wiz Tickets!!!!!

  6. The Pursuit of Happiness because thats what i want i am on the pursuit of happiness me and my baby girl

  7. If my life were like a movie, I would choose The Bucket List. In everyday life, it’s common to hear people talking about what they want to do before they die, but most people never get around to actually doing what they talk about. In The Bucket List, the characters in the movie don’t just talk about what they would like to do before they die, they actually go out into the world and do it. I am getting around to crossing things off of my list, but it would be great to have such a supportive system of people doing the same thing, like in the movie. One thing I want to do before I die is have the satisfaction of knowing that I have changed at least one person’s life for the better during my lifetime. Even though my life isn’t this movie, it has had a positively large impact on my life.

    Plus, it’s my best friend’s birthday on Friday, and we were planning on going to the concert, before we saw that the tickets got sold out.

  8. If my life were like a movie, hands down I would want it to be like Dirty Dancing (the original one, not the remake version).

    First of all, those people in the movie can dance! Can any girl honestly tell me that she would not want to dance with Patrick Swayze looking as good as he did in the movie?

    Second of all, the movie has some great lessons that are important for anyone to live a good life. My favorite is that you should never judge anyone just because of where they come from. Everyone has the potential to do great things, and if all you do is judge them, you’ll never be able to see this potential. Next, the movie depicts what being in love is all about. Everyone should have the chance in his or her lifetime to find true love, because it’s a feeling like nothing else in the world.

    Plus, did I mention the great dancing?! Definitely a classic.

    Oh, and it’s my birthday Friday, and we obviously waited too long to get these tickets. I’m not really sure what we’re going to do now that they’re sold out.

    • If my life was like a movie, it would have to be “the Notorious B.I.G.”

      I picked this because I grew up in a tough neighborhood where I had to rely on myself and my friends to get by in the everyday life. I faced tons of challenges that had to be overcome. I got into a lot of bad situations and the only thing that could get me to come out of those bad times was music. Mainly writing music because it would get my mind off of the outside world and start thinking about whats important in life. And that is being the best man I can be and providing for your family. Over that time I’ve learned about all the struggles that people like me go through. And I take time out of my life to teach not only the young people in my world about what not to do, but the old.
      I feel that my life is very similar to the movie, “the Notorious B.I.G” because of how tough Biggy’s life was as a kid with his mother dealing drugs, himself dealing drugs, and overall getting into rough situations. Though I am no where near Wiz in my music writing career. I look up to people like that to give me guidance on how to be like them. And by going to this concert it does not only mean I get to listen to one of my favorite rappers on my birthday, but I get a better look at where I want to be in my future. I truly inspire to be like Wiz and Notorious in my future years.

  9. If my life were like a move it would be like How High?

    I just graduated from college with excellent grades, while still maintaining a relaxed and enjoyable lifestyle….. you study high, you take the test high, you get high grades!

  10. If my life were a movie, I’d want it to be Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2.

    Few things could be more exciting than having a a sword specially made for you by Hattori Hanzō and being so skilled at hand to hand combat and sword fighting. The violence in the movie is incredible and not-to-be-believed gruesome at times, but it is done in such an entertaining and beautifully orchestrated way. I would love to be in such well choreographed actions scenes with so much fake blood. Additionally knowing how to preform the “Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique” would be possibly the coolest thing ever! And having such beautiful life-co-stars like Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, and Vivica A. Fox would not be so bad either.

    Lastly, how cool would it be to get to have the Pussy Wagon as your personal automobile?!

  11. If my life could be a movie, I would want it to be Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2.

    It would be amazing to have a sword made especially for me by Hattori Hanzō, and to be so skilled at hand-to-hand combat and sword fighting. The violence in the movie is incredible and not-to-be-believed gruesome at times, but it is so entertaining and beautifully orchestrated. I would love to live the movie and to get to participate in such well choreographed action fight scenes. Additionally, few things could be cooler than being capable of deploying the “Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique”!! And it would not be the worst thing to have such beautiful co-life-stars like Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, and Vivica A. Fox.

    Lastly, how cool would it be to get to have the Pussy Wagon as your personal automobile to cruise around in all day?!

  12. Who won?

  13. The tix went to Katie—congratulations!

  14. My life would surely be Shrek the Third. It’s probably the best movie ever. I’m way too awesome to be either of the first two Shreks. I didn’t see the fourth Shrek cuz I only like trilogies, but I’m sure it was no Shrek the Third. I’d be the donkey.

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