On first glance at Wiz Khalifa’s album cover for his newest record, O.N.I.F.C, I wasn’t quite sure how to process the image. However, I feel like this image manages to perfectly sum up the idea of Wiz Khalifa as the wealthy stoner that he is, something I wished that I was after listening to his album. Perhaps if I was a frequent pot-smoker, I might find myself appreciating Wiz Khalifa’s repetitive beats, sub-par lyrics, and obnoxious hooks. But let’s be honest, probably not.
A mere thirty seconds into Initiation featuring Lola Monroe and I’m ready to call it quits on the entire album. I’ve never believed Wiz Khalifa to be an exceptional lyricst, quite the opposite, but his mellow beat is something that I have come to appreciate over time. But not with O.N.I.F.C. 17 mellow and repetitive songs is just a bit too much. It’s almost to the point where I was willing to take up his offer to Fall Asleep.
Let it Go featuring Akon is easily the best song on this album. There is some actual lyrical promise here, but that brief ray of hope is promptly dashed with the follow-up song, The Bluff. I’m not sure what sound Wiz and Cam’ron were going for in the opening bit of this number, but I think I’d rather listen to nails on a chalkboard than this song, though the two sounds aren’t that far off.
But not every song on the record is a boring, monotonic tune. Songs like Up In It just make one feel uncomfortable. While Khalifa’s background music to this “sexy” tune does in fact have a rather erotic and sensual vibe, it loses some of that vibe when he goes into explicit detail of his sexual escapades. The repetition of the phrase “You love when I get up in it” doesn’t add to the sex appeal much either.
One listen through of this album is all I think I’m going to be able to manage. And that was painful enough.