Pittsburgh MC Wiz Khalifa set the hip-hop world on fire straight out of high school, releasing buzzworthy mixtapes and his highly praised debut album, Show and Prove, while he was still a teenager. Despite troublesome label issues that plagued his early career, the young rapper really has shown no sign of slowing down. Khalifa has already collaborated with some heavy hitters in the hip-hop industry over his few short years in the game, including Curren$y, Wale, and Snoop Dogg, to name just a few. And with the massive success of 2011 single "Black & Yellow" and the album Rolling Papers, as well as his highly anticipated follow-up, O.N.I.F.C., Khalifa seems poised to take his unique style and distinctive flow to the top of the hip-hop charts as well as the Grandstand at the Minnesota State Fair. Fellow Pittsburgh MC Mac Miller easily sold out First Avenue last year, so it's destined to be a strong pairing. With Big K.R.I.T.All ages, $29-$39, 6:30 p.m. 1265 Snelling Avenue N., St. Paul; 651.288.4400.
Mon., Sept. 3, 6:30 p.m., 2012