Cameron Jibril Thomaz, better known by his stage name Wiz Khalifa, is a mainstream American rapper. His first hit single, Say Yeah, received urban radio airplay and charted on the Rhythmic Top 40 and Hot Rap Tracks. His most known single, Black and Yellow, peaked number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and gained instant success for Khalifa.
I did not intend for my blog to be solely dedicated to books. Instead, I wanted a wide variety of quotes. This is why I decided to discuss a quote from one of my favorite music artists, Wiz Khalifa. Khalifa is predominately considered mainstream after the radio success of Black and Yellow. Many people who know of Khalifa have preconceived notions of his personality. People see him as just another rapper or “that one pothead” who raps about pot (to be frank). However, Khalifa proves to be much more. Although a majority of his songs talk of weed, fame, and money, what he says outside of music I find quite inspirational.
“We must hurt in order to grow, fail in order to know, and lose in order to gain. Because some lessons in life, are best learned through pain.”
A person can not grow without going through numerous life experiences. In order to grow as a person, we must experience the hardships of life to become a better person. We can sit down and attempt to learn everything from a book. But the only way we can truly learn the lessons life throws us is to fail. When we fail, we learn how to be better. We learn how to overcome and be on top. If we never lose what we have, we will never appreciate it. All of these things seem very obvious. But it is amazing how many times we look past the little things.
A person will never grow without failing, losing, or hurting in some way. It is the experiences in life that make us who are. The bad experiences (and the good) help us grow into a more aware, thoughtful person. Some may see this as masochistic or some can see it as reality. Either way, it is undeniable that some life lessons aren’t always the easiest.
He may not be the Whitman, Poe, or Elliot of our generation, but don’t overlook Wiz Khalifa. Everyone has something important to say, even a rapper.