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Tahliah Debrett Barnett (born 16 January 1988), known professionally as FKA Twigs (stylised as FKA twigs ), is an English singer, songwriter, record producer, director and dancer. Raised in Gloucestershire , she became a backup dancer after moving to south London when she was 17 years old. She entered the music industry with the release of her extended plays EP1 (2012) and EP2 (2013).

Her debut studio album, LP1 , was released in August 2014 to critical acclaim, peaking at number 16 on the UK Albums Chart and number 30 on the US Billboard 200. It was later nominated for the 2014 Mercury Prize. She released the M3LL155X EP in 2015 to further critical praise. Her work has been described as "genre-bending", drawing on various genres including electronic music , trip hop , R&B , and the avant-garde.

In August 2012, Twigs was photographed for the cover of i-D magazine. [19] She became known as Twigs for the way her joints crack. [7] She added the initialism FKA to her name when another artist called The Twigs complained about her use of the name. [7] Several sources have claimed that the "FKA" stands for "Formerly Known As". [20] [21] [22] However, Twigs herself has said in multiple interviews that the letters do not stand for anything in particular. [23] [24]


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Cameron Jibril Thomaz (born September 8, 1987), better known by his stage name Wiz Khalifa , is an American rapper and actor. He released his debut album, Show and Prove , in 2006, and signed to Warner Bros. Records in 2007. His Eurodance -influenced single , " Say Yeah ", received urban radio airplay, charting on the Rhythmic Top 40 and Hot Rap Tracks charts in 2008. [2]

Khalifa was born Cameron Jibril Thomaz on September 8, 1987 in Minot, North Dakota , to parents serving in the military. [2] [6] His parents divorced when Khalifa was about three years old. He is a military brat with his parents' military service caused him to move regularly. Khalifa lived in Germany , the United Kingdom , and Japan before settling in Pittsburgh where he attended Taylor Allderdice High School. [2] [7]

His stage name is derived from Khalifa, an Arabic word meaning "successor", and wisdom , which was shortened to Wiz when Khalifa was a young boy. [8] Khalifa stated to spinner.com that the name also came from being called "young Wiz 'cause I was good at everything I did, and my granddad is Muslim , so he gave me that name; he felt like that's what I was doing with my music." He got a tattoo of his stage name on his 17th birthday. [9] [10] He cites Jimi Hendrix , Camp Lo , The Notorious B.I.G. and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony as musical influences. [ citation needed ]