When the Pittsburgh spitter first broke into mainstream consciousness in 2010 with his ink-covered body, camo shorts and Chuck Taylor sneakers, he was unlike any rapper we had seen, and now that the game has clearly caught on, Wiz Khalifa chose to upgrade on his newest LP,O.N.I.F.C.
Khalifa not only heard the criticisms surrounding his 2011 major-label debut, Rolling Papers, he’s addressed them head-on with O.N.I.F.C. Critics complained about RP’s pop-friendly selections, so Khalifa enlisted Taylor Gang production veterans like Cardo (“Intro”) and Sledgren (“Initiation”) to balance out his latest sonic trip.
“Rise Above” not only features contributions from Pharrell, Wiz also properly introduces his new TG artist Tuki Carter and his future wife Amber Rose, who raps a few bars toward the end. Khalifa even goes as far as to dedicate a few tracks to his hunny on the X-rated “Up in It” and the 1990s R&B-inspired “Got Everything.” On the latter, he professes his love for Rose as stylistically as he professes his love for marijuana. “And I swear you deserve a wedding ring/ Can’t ever see you choosing nothin’ over or instead of me,” he raps.
It’s new ground for Khalifa, who in his younger days, openly celebrated his free-wheeling lifestyle on tracks like 2009’s “Ms. Rightfernow” from hisFlight School mixtape or “The Thrill” from Burn After Rolling.—MTV