Wiz Khalifa Arrested on Drug Charges in North Carolina
Wiz Khalifa, the Pittsburgh MC who has been climbing the Hot 100 with his single "Black & Yellow," was arrested last night (Nov. 8) on marijuana charges in Greenville, NC, the Associated Press reports. The rapper (real name: Cameron Thomaz) was charged with three drug counts after officers smelled marijuana backstage at an East Carolina University performance on Monday, according to college spokesman John Durham.
In this video of the arrest posted by Nah Right, students can be heard booing the policemen taking Khalifa into custody and yelling "Free Wiz!" and "Smoke weed every day."
Khalifa reportedly posted a $300,000 bond on Tuesday morning and left the Pitt County Detention Center. Before his arrest, the rapper wrote, "Smoke outs in Greenville NC tonite. Fall thru wit ur finest plant life," on his Twitter account. "Man, jail sux!" he wrote following his release this morning.
The arrest comes in the midst of a breakout year for the 23-year-old rapper, who released an acclaimed mixtape "Kush & Orange Juice," performed at Rock The Bells this summer and successfully toured as a headliner year-round. He was offered an opener slot on Drake's Lights Dreams and Nightmares fall tour, but declined in order to focus on his Waken Baken tour.
"Black & Yellow," the lead single from Wiz Khalifa's 2011 debut album on Rostrum Records/Atlantic Records, is approaching the Top 40 of the Hot 100 (No. 43) after being released in September.