By Rob Markman
While Wiz Khalifa continues to build off the success of his debut album Rolling Papers and previous projects such as Kush & Orange Juice the Pittsburgh rapper also wants to share the flip side of fame with fans. Wiz is using the title of his sophomore album O.N.I.F.C. to break it down. “It’s the Only N-Word in First Class,” Wiz said, explaining the acronym on “Sway in the Morning” on Shade 45 on Friday (February 3). “It’s inspired by Prodigy’s H.N.I.C. When he dropped that, I felt like that sounded so strong.”
When broken down, the title of Prodigy’s 2000 debut stands for “Head N—a in Charge,” so for his Only N—a in First Class, Wiz took cues from the Mobb Deep MC. There is a clean version of the album, too:
One Night in First Class. Still, for Wiz the explicit title has so much more meaning. “I was just talking about me being a young rich dude and being black,” Wiz told Shade 45 hosts Sway and Devi Dev about his experience in airports. “It looks crazy to them when I walk up to them and show them my ticket or I’m going in priority seating, They’re like ‘You’re sure?’ ”
On one hand Khalifa is glad that he’s made it; on the other, the racism that he’s experienced has left a bad taste in the rapper’s mouth. “It’s a good feeling and then it’s like a bad feeling because it’s like, ‘Damn, why do you feel like that about me,’ ” he said.
Wiz Khalifa wants to motivate Pittsburgh artists with his success.
Earlier in the interview, the Pittsburgh spitter told Sway how his next album will differ from his first. “When I did Rolling Papers, I was like, I’m gonna make these big songs, I’m gonna make these big records,” he said. “What I did before when I made my music was I just went in there and made music and it was what I really liked and what I felt at the time. I kinda developed a pattern of what I was going towards and that’s what I did on this album.”
No word on when O.N.I.F.C. will be released, but Wiz says it is pretty much done. He didn’t confirm any guests, but he did reveal that he worked with at least one pretty accomplished producer. “I got production from Pharrell on there. I worked with a lot of different people on this one, but I kept the sound really consistent,” he said. “I made sure everybody that I worked with and everything that I did, they all came to my world with it.”