Live Inside Wiz Khalifa's O.N.I.F.C. Listening Party
What really works on O.N.I.F.C. is the production. Wiz's goofball flow and simple rhymes are super charged at the hands of longtime collaborator Sledgren (who helmed "Initiation" in his attic), Jim Jonsin ("Up In It"), Southern rattler Drumma Boy ("Bluffin," "It's Nothin") and Illangelo, one of the masterminds behind the Weeknd, who brings haunting sensuality to "Remember You." "Got Everything" oozes with '90s r&b nostalgia while the minimalist "Fall Asleep" showcases a completely unexpected beat that features what sounded like the glockenspiel upon first listen. Experimentation has its limits though. "No Limit," which Wiz said was inspired while listening to Pink Floyd and Marvin Gaye, borders on cross-genre cacophony or as one fellow scribe put it, "This is a huge mess."
After the mixed reception to last year's Rolling Papers, it's clear that Wiz set out to revert to his mixtape core with this album. Fans of Taylor Allderdice or the Cabin Fever series will not be disappointed as O.N.I.F.C. is enough of an incremental progression comparatively so as to justify the purchase. "Black And Yellow" may have upgraded Wiz into First Class but he wants to bring his ardent Taylor Gang base along for the ride. "I fucking love you," he closed. "I know whatever you gotta say about this is gonna be real."
Critical Bias: In music (and life in general) I'm a sucker for a loveable stoner.
Overheard: "I love your ears" - Wiz Khalifa, thanking the audience.
Random Notebook Dump: It takes two shampoo "rinse and repeats" to get the smell of Wiz Khalifa's strain of weed out of your hair.
"Let It Go" (featuring Akon)
"The Bluff" (featuring Cam'ron)
"Work Hard, Play Hard"
"Got Everything" (featuring Courtney Noelle)
"It's Nothin'" (featuring 2 Chainz)
"Rise Above" (featuring Pharrell & Amber Rose)
"Initiation" (featuring Lola Monroe)
"Up in It"
"The Plan" (featuring Juicy J)
"Remember You" (featuring the Weeknd)