After countless release date pushback’s, two mix tapes in promotion of it and the 2050 tour, Wiz Khalifa has finally released his new album ‘O.N.I.F.C.‘
‘One Night In First Class‘ sees him return with an all-star cast of producers and special guests, featuring the talents on production of Cardo, Benny Blanco, Danja, I.D. Labs, Stargate, Jim Jonsin and Pharrell Williams. On paper this album seems really impressive, however in reality the beats out do the vocals. High profile acts such as Akon, 2 Chainz, Juicy J and The Weeknd all putting in their 2 cents is really what is holding up the album at many slow points.
Wiz’s voice is unique however this works against him during several tracks like ‘The Bluff’ and ‘Fall Asleep’ resulting in an unbearable monotony best listened to at 4:20. After all there is only so many times you want to hear “Smoke weed while I drive” in one song (we stopped counting at 20).
The two lead singles ‘Work Hard, Play Hard’and‘Remember You’ stand out like diamonds in the rough amongst the cannon fodder of the rest of the record. ‘Work Hard, Play Hard’ is a big hitter up there with ‘Black & Yellow’ achieving a nice 40 million views on YouTube. With ‘Remember You’ being a blog favourite featuring the angelic yet erotic tones of The Weeknd, both of which are very much the saving grace of the album. ‘Initiation’ has a trap sound and stand out bars from Lola Monroe and ‘Stackin’ (Bonus track #2) featuring the cracking line: “I probably missed your call ‘cause I was boarding the plane or some other shit” summing up the album nicely. In addition to this, like so many of his peers, Wiz has joined the trend of using the N word an aggressively grating number of times throughout all his tracks.
The strength of this album relies heavily on its guests and producers as opposed to Wiz’s lyrics. Much like its name suggests much of the content relates to Wiz’s quick rise to success, fame and money reflecting in a sound that appears slightly forced, highlighting his immaturity as a rapper. The main thing to take from this album is that Wiz Khalifa is consistent in his themes; the boy does like his weed.
Reviewer: Grace Picking