Wiz Khalifa Compares "O.N.I.F.C." And "Rolling Papers"

Wiz Khalifa breaks down the differences between his major label debut and upcoming sophomore album.

This past February, Wiz Khalifa stunned fans when he took to the Internet and said that his debut Rolling Papers "wasn’t [his] best work." Now, in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the Pittsburgh rapper explains what has changed with his music on his upcoming sophomore LP O.N.I.F.C (Only Nigga In First Class).

The Taylor Gang general compared the sounds of his two projects, saying that O.N.I.F.C. is a more effortless listen. He explained that with Rolling Papers, he felt like he was trying to shed the "weed rapper" stigma he had garnered and wanted to prove himself a more versatile emcee. Now, with his second LP due in September, he feels as if he's returned more to his roots and is making better music.

"Whether people know it or not, when I go in the booth or when I pick my beats or with my artwork, everything is really detailed and I get down into it," he said. "I know what went into making [Rolling Papers] and I know what went into making my other projects, so I know where I could have went a little stronger or where I could have done what I felt was more natural. But in time and through the process, you gotta learn and you gotta do different things. If I wouldn't have learned that stuff early, then it probably would have taken me later in my career to try it out. I take it as a blessing. My cousin kind of put it to me the best earlier today. He was like, on Rolling Papers, I was more or less trying to show my skills, what I could do. Versatility. Everybody was like, 'You're a weed rapper.' I was like, 'OK, I can show them different stuff.'" 

He continued, "I just wanted to keep it wide open [with O.N.I.F.C.] and not do anything forced or anything that took too much thought, but just go as natural as possible. I really keyed in on my influences that made me wanna rap and do music. And I just try to recreate those feelings...it reminds me of some of my older stuff. Because that was stuff that I was doing to really just challenge myself and to better myself...[the album is] really musical but it's not, like, over-creative. I'm not trying to push anything on anybody. There's a lot of songs that are less obvious hits but they're gonna stick with you and you're gonna love them and in time they're gonna be big songs because they have no choice but to [be]. I think that's what music needs. That's what I grew up on and that's what we trying to bring."

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18 Comments

  • Anonymous

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  • ak

    I still think rollin papers was the shit. I fuck wit all his mixtapes, AND i like rollin papers, had some hard beats for when u weeded out. Fuck the haters, if wiz jus makes some stupid ass weed shit cos of the rollin papers haters ima be mad as hell. I liked the beats on Allderdice but one of the things that pissed me off was the lyrics were jus weedweedweedweed. I mean i like to smoke too but might as well not even rap if you always gona say the same shit. Just do whatever feels right wiz and fuck what the haters say. Ther gon always be haters, thats how u know u made it

  • Taylor Gang Bang

    'You're a weed rapper.' I was like, 'OK, I can show them different stuff. I also like edibles. Damn I love me some weed. RESPECT MY ARTISTIC VISION GODDAMIT! WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED!!!!!! -Wiz Khalifa

  • Anonymous

    im a wiz fan i liked rp but im glad that he went back to the style that blew him up

  • Anonymous

    THIS NIGGAS ALBUM GONNA BRICK BIGTIME

  • Anonymous

    lol just admit that you made a sellout album for little girls and let down all your fans

  • Anonymous

    So he is saying. "I am not going to be all creative and stuff I am just going to rap about weed a lot more and thats all" lol This sounds like a joke. But I guess we will have to see. I dont see how he thought Rolling Papers was creative or skilled. smh

    • dadankness

      Good Stick to what you know.. Rick Ross Lies. Wiz Khalifa tried for a bunch of cross over pop singles wiht Rolling Papers and none could come close to re creating black and yellow.. Hopefully this shit will be for the weed heads and drug dealers and not for faggot ass skinny jean emo faggots like his last one.. Wiz Khalifa fans who got into him once black and yellow dropped are just rejected fall out boy fans who had to jump on some other over produced music to like since they dont like finding actual talent they just like what corporate offices feed them.. Hopefully wiz does this one for the rap heads and the hip hop heads.. becaue fuck music as a whole.. every genre is pretty much dead.. its all tobe popular.. its not making music to satisfy your needs anymore.. its too please a record exec and get that 90 cents per song up to 11 songs on a cd

    • Anonymous

      Yea thats what I got out of it. I am just not gonna try very hard.and be really lazy about it. I wish we could all get through life like this.

  • Jiz Calipha

    Wiz Khalifa Compares "O.N.I.F.C." And "Rolling Papers" "Both suck mad dick." -Wiz Khalifa

  • dj nemesis

    if its anythin like taylor allderdice imma buy it...i felt like that was an album....sick beats,sick flows....we like weed wiz, i encourage you to make weed music

  • Anonymous

    best album of the year

  • Mmmmm

    He ain't gonna say much once his Hershey highway get plugged

    • anonymous

      Mmmmm you roll with the radical right. Promoting punishment for something that should be legal. Please STFU, Peace.

  • GAY NIGGA

    BOY YOU AINT GONNA SAY MUCH ONCE YO FUDGE GET PACKED

    • Seriously tho, Wiz Khalifa sucked off a dude once

      Am I the only one who seriously wants to know what Gay Nigga had to say? Protect this fine American's 1st amendment rights!

  • GAY NIGGA

    BOY YOU AINT GONNA SAY MUCH ONCE I PACK YO FUDGE

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