The Hottest Breakout Stars of 2011

Teen dreams, starlets, a Muppet and Lenny Kravitz's smokin' daughter
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Hot Rapper: Wiz Khalifa

Born Cameron Jibril Thomaz in Minot, North Dakota, Wiz spent his childhood traveling the globe with his Air Force parents. With an assist from some aggressive social marketing (“Twitter helped out a whole bunch”), his 2010 mixtape Kush & Orange Juice became a viral hit. His major-label debut, Rolling Papers, out March 29th, features guest spots by Rick Ross and Snoop Dogg. A noted herb enthusiast who once claimed to spend $10,000 a month on weed, Wiz has made getting high an essential part of his brand. In November, he was arrested for felony trafficking in North Carolina, but the count was dropped. Now he’s free to enjoy his success, including a relationship with Kanye West’s ex, model Amber Rose – not to mention his ample stash. As Wiz says, “I’m blessed with green!”

-Josh Eells

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