He became known for his hit song "Black and Yellow," which hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and he won a Billboard Music Award for Top New Artist in 2012.
After living overseas, he moved to Pittsburgh and attended Taylor Allderdice High School.
He won a BET Award for Best New Artist in 2011 and his song "Young, Wild & Free" was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2013. His last name means successor in Arabic.
He and Snoop Dogg have paired up for numerous song and video collaborations, including the 2011 song, "Mac & Devin Go to High School."