I always envisioned myself being a rapper and being in the game and having success but you never know what it really feels like or how you’re going to be when you’re there.
I don’t think either of my parents thought that I was going to take it this far.
I see myself as a pioneer in the game.
That’s the main thing, I don’t really do too many campaigns to like make people do stuff or like gimmicks or anything. I just try to give ’em as much as possible, show ’em the love.
Evan Carmichael: He’s an American rapper, songwriter and actor. He received numerous awards, even before he launched his career and debut album including being one of Rolling Stones’ Artists to Watch. His debut single, Black and Yellow hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100. He’s Wiz Khalifa and here is my take on his top 10 rules for success.
Rule number two is my personal favorite and I’m curious to figure out which one you guys like the best. And as always, if Wiz is talking and says something really inspiring to you, please leave it in the comments below and put quotes around it so other people can be inspired as well. Enjoy.
♫ Yeah, uh-huh, you know what it is ♫ Black and yellow, black and yellow ♫ Black and yellow, black and yellow ♫ Yeah, uh-huh, you know what it is ♫ Black and yellow, black and yellow ♫ Black and yellow, black and yellow ♫ Yeah, uh-huh, you know what it is ♫ Everything I do, I do it big ♫ Yeah, uh-huh, screaming that’s nothin’ ♫ When I pulled off the lot, that’s stuntin’ ♫ Reppin’ my town, when you see me you know everything ♫ Black and yellow, black and yellow ♫ Black and yellow, black and yellow.
Rule #1: Just Do it
I have been making music and writing and freestylin’ with my cousins and stuff like that like rappin’ over other people’s beats.
“But I guess I just got to that point where I was comfortable and I really really had a passion for it.” – Wiz Khalifa
So when I told my dad, he’s like, “If you want to do it then do it.
” I don’t think either of my parents thought that I was going to take it this far but they supported me. They never made me feel like it was out of reach and when it happened it was a dream come true.
♫ I had a dream that the whole world was staring at me ♫ I woke up and was a no one then ♫ Was a no one then ♫ Yeah, same song to a different beat.
The only time I would lose is if I give up who I am. You know what I’m saying? And as long as I stand up for me and what I believe in, I’ll be straight.
Rule #2: Be A Pioneer
I see myself as a pioneer in the game. I see Drake as a pioneer in the game and people like Lil Wayne. There’s only certain people who really come and define their generation other than being a part of their generation. And it’s cool to be a part of it as well but this is how I see myself, as a leader and somebody who changes things and doesn’t just follow.
Rule #3: Take Risk
My crowd and everybody that I talk to, they either dress weird, smoke weed, you know, drive certain cars or skate. And it’s like, I’ve done all of these things and I’ve been into all of these things and I’ve learned ’em in different stages of my life. And I’m in that stage right now where I really want to do something physical. I got a son on the way, you know what I’m saying? And learning how to skate is something I always wanted to do but with rapping and making money and providing for a family and stuff like that, you don’t always get the time to just grab a board and go skate.
So I kind of did it in reverse but it’s something that I’m real passionate about. Just passionate about having fun with it. I don’t want to be the best skater in the world I just want to, you know, be able to relax and cruise.
Interviewer: Now, judging from the pictures, you’re also not afraid to take a fall too.
You can’t be, you can’t be, man. You gon’ take some falls. I hit my chin, it’s cool now. Like so, I’m aight. And like being that I’m on T.V. and that I perform, everybody’s like, “Don’t do this, you don’t want to get hurt.” But everything is a risk, you know what I’m saying?
“So if you’re not willing to take the risk then there’s no point in doing it anyway.” – Wiz Khalifa
Rule #4: Show Love
Interviewer : Where did you decide to draw the line? ‘Cause like, in the U.K. the problem is, a lot of writers release a lot of free material and then when it comes to retailing their material, people still expect the free stuff. How was it for you to transition?
Well, you just got to make a difference between what the free stuff is and what the stuff for sale is. And when you polish it up and when you give ’em great free music and great free stuff to a point where it’s like, you know, they want to pay for it. Like, when I put out my mixtapes, I used all original beats.
I put so much thought and so much stuff into ’em, people are like, “Yo, I’m going to buy the album.” Like, you know, they feel like that’s there job.
So I think it’s just making people feel involved and they want to support and that’s the main thing. I don’t really do too many campaigns to like make people do stuff or like gimmicks or anything.
“I just try to give ’em as much as possible, show ’em the love, and then if they want to support, that’s what they do.” – Wiz Khalifa
Rule #5: Bring Energy
[Hype Man] Hands up, hands up.
I always envisioned myself being a rapper and being in the game and having success. But you never know what it really feels like or how you’re going to be when you’re there. Yo!
[Hype Man] Hands up. ♫ And they say all I rap about is bitches and champagne ♫ You would too if every night you seen the same thing.
The name Wiz comes from me being the youngest dude in my age group of people that I hung out with. They would call me a young wiz, you know, like I was wise beyond my years and the Khalifa is Arabic. It means successor, leader, or shining light. My granddad gave me that name. He’s actually Muslim so you know, he’s just seen my path and what I was doing and how hard I was working and he gave me that name and I just put the two together.
♫ I tell them pick one ♫ Cause they was with me when nobody seen a vision ♫ Always about my business ♫ Don’t play the cards ♫ I talked to the niggas who dealed them, uh…
Of course I do rap music and I’m a hip hop artist but as an individual, as personality, and what I give to the people, I see myself as like the lead singer of a band or something. You know, when I go out there, I’m a real performer.
“It’s all about the vibe and the feeling. You got to be balanced. And it’s like nothing that I have to put on. I really feel that energetic and that happy to be in front of the kids.” – Wiz Khalifa
Rule #6: Go To The Next Level
I’ve actually had new management for the past year and a half almost. I signed with Constance Schwartz and SMAC Entertainment. And it’s been really good ’cause she doesn’t even do rap and she used to work with Snoop back in the day but she does people like Michael Strahan and Tony Gonzales and Deon Sanders and stuff like that.
So when she took me under her wing and started managing me, it was really good because it allowed me to go to the next level and for people to look at me like I was doing bigger and better things.
And my relationship with my old business partners and things like that, it’s like, it comes to a point where, I started really early with them, when I was 16. I’m 28 now and it’s like, you know, things change.
So throughout that time I just had to boss up and man up and do my own thing. And some people are with that, some people aren’t with that. And sometimes it’s easy, sometimes it’s not. Part of bossin’ up is proving that you a boss so that what we gon’ do now.
Rule #7: Be Your Own Boss
I would teach how to be your own boss. They really don’t teach you that much in school. They got like entrepreneurship classes and stuff like that but they don’t really teach you how to be your own boss. So I would try to teach kids how to really, really work for themselves.
Rule #8: Build Good Relationships
Building relationship with people inside the game, whether it be DJ’s or radio or promo people or interviews or whoever because you meet and you always going to work with these people throughout your career.
“And whether you’re doing good or bad, they’re always going to remember you and you want ’em to want you to do well.” – Wiz Khalifa
Rule #9: Hustle
Interviewer: You work hard.
Interviewer: What’s that, touring, studio?
Yeah, touring all the time. That came up more recently. My tours were a little bit more spread out before but now I’m pretty much always moving.
Interviewer: Always on the go.
Yeah, yeah. Since about November I’ve been non-stop.
Interviewer: Run with that heat, baby.
Yeah, exactly, I love it.
Interviewer: ‘Till your heals fall off.
Exactly. And I’m always recording. I built a studio on my house. I got studio buses on the road and stuff like that so I’m always bringing it.
Rule #10: Stick Around
I’m not leaving shit, I’m going to be here forever so that’s what people can expect. I’m going to be an old ass man, my hair gon’ down to here it’s gon’ be gray and when I feel like leavin’ then that’s what I’m going to do but about 180 years I plan on just sticking around. (light piano music)
Evan Carmichael: Thank you, guys, so much for watching. I made this video because 50centUraguay asked me to so if there’s a famous entrepreneur that you want me to profile next, leave it in the comments below and I’ll see what I can do.
I’d also love to know which of the rules had the biggest impact on you and why. What did you learn from watching this video? Super curious to find out. Please, put it in the comments below.
And I also want to give a quick shout-out to Justin Morgan, Mr. New Future Builder. Thank you so much for picking up a copy of my book and that amazing YouTube unboxing video that you made. It really, really, really means a lot to me and I hope you enjoy, man.
Justin Morgan: Your One Word. Evan Carmichael. Thank you. I’ve been waiting for this for a while. Ordered this a long time ago, the moment that he announced that pre-orders were available. I pretty much hopped on this a couple weeks after that. And so, Your One Word.
Evan Carmichael: So thank you guys so much for watching. I believe in you. I hope you continue to believe in yourself and whatever your one word is. Much love, I’ll see you soon.
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