I’ve never been a huge fan of rap music, and after listening to Wiz Khalifa’s most recent release “O.N.I.F.C.,” which stands for “Only N—- In First Class,” I don’t think I will become one any time soon. Not to say that there weren’t any good parts to the album, but some of the lyrics were just a little too repetitive for my taste.
For example, Khalifa’s song “Initiation,” featuring Lola Monroe, immediately made me push the “skip” button after listening to about 45 seconds of it. “This is for my young n—– / This is for my paid n—– / This is for my wild n—–,” Khalifa sings. The track continued by taking a few seconds to dedicate the song to the “Taylors,” and eventually goes back to commenting on the different kinds of people Khalifa was fortunate enough to meet.
One song that I did enjoy, however, was “Let It Go,” a collaboration with Akon. The song had some life meaning to it with lyrics like, “Let it go, let it go homie / You know we can see through them blinds homie / And see through the truth and them lies homie / Just let it go.” In other words, let go of all the bad that comes and goes in life and look forward to whatever comes in the future.
The beat to Khalifa’s “Medicated,” featuring Chevy Woods and Juicy J, isn’t half bad either, as Khalifa uses the song to reflect on childhood and his early days of dreaming that he’ll become rich. Though it has elements of marijuana usage and it can be a little repetitive especially when he sings, “Let’s get medicated,” over and over. Nevertheless, Khalifa does appear to have some talent in knowing how to pick an easy, mellow beat for his music.
Overall, Khalifa’s raps are emotionally deadening for my taste. Most of the lyrics in his songs are superficial and tiresome as he raps about his days of partying, hanging out with his homies and smoking pot. I have enjoyed some of his earlier work, such as his 2009 song “Teach You to Fly,” but “O.N.I.F.C” is something I will not be picking up again any time soon.