Live Inside Wiz Khalifa's O.N.I.F.C. Listening Party
Better Than: Waiting until December 4th
Wiz lookin' like Jimi preparing a blunt the size of a tree.
Some hip-hop formulas are eternally foolproof: Incorporating new slang into the lexicon ("Turn My Swag On"), something inspired by a ridiculous or simple dance move ("Teach Me How To Dougie," anything by 2 Chainz) and of course, the stoner record. After Snoop Lion (née Dogg), rap's heir apparent for most lovable pothead is Wiz Khalifa; who, aside from crossover hits like "Black And Yellow" and Maroon 5's "Payphone," has devoted his repertoire to the Cannabis soundscape.
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The rapper took over gentlemen's club-turned-lounge The Westway last night to preview his second major label studio effort O.N.I.F.C. (slated for a December 4th release) for critics, Atlantic Records staff and strangely out of place exotic dancers painted in animal print. "It's just fucking great music to get stoned to," the lanky 25-year-old grinned, as he nursed a freakishly enormous blunt (or more accurately, fire log) in hand. "I hope you guys have a great time tonight ... I just like to smoke weed and ride out."
Life imitates art and O.N.I.F.C. is a stoner album; 17 tracks about little more than rolling, smoking and basically everything else Wiz does with weed. The title is an acronym for "Only Nigga In First Class" or the edited "One Night In First Class" so nouveau riche bragging also makes its way into songs like "Time," "Paperbond" and "The Bluff." "Oh, still the same nigga/Still walking all upon your airplane with all my gang members/Smelling like, money and champagne/Part of my campaign," Wiz raps on the latter. It's pleasant enough if not particularly inspired and guest contributions from Cam'ron, the Weeknd and Juicy J break up the monotony.