Wiz Khalifa raised a few eyebrows when he announced that his album will be titled O.N.I.F.C., which stands for Only N-Word in First Class. Wiz sat down with Sway to open about about the title and what inspired him to title it that. Read what he said about O.N.I.F.C. after the jump.
Wiz Khalifa puzzled his fans when he announced his album title last year. Now the â€œBlack and Yellowâ€ MC breaks down the meaning behind O.N.I.F.C.
â€œItâ€™s the Only N-Word in First Class,â€ said Wiz, revealing what the acronym stands for during an interview on Shade 45â€™s â€œSway in the Morningâ€ radio show (via MTV News).
The title takes a page from Mobb Deep member Prodigyâ€™s 2000 debut Head Ni**a in Charge. â€œItâ€™s inspired by Prodigyâ€™s H.N.I.C.,â€ added Wiz. â€œWhen he dropped that, I felt like that sounded so strong.â€
But O.N.I.F.C. also tackles the more serious issue of racism heâ€™s encountered while traveling through airports. â€œI was just talking about me being a young rich dude and being black,â€ he explained. â€œIt looks crazy to them when I walk up to them and show them my ticket or Iâ€™m going in priority seating, Theyâ€™re like, â€˜Youâ€™re sure?â€™â€
Despite his fame and success, he still canâ€™t ignore the darker side of being a young black star. â€œItâ€™s a good feeling and then itâ€™s like a bad feeling because itâ€™s like, â€˜Damn, why do you feel like that about me,â€™â€ he said.
Wiz has been in the studio with Pharrell, Chris Brown, and Adam Levine working on the follow-up to his 2011 major label debut Rolling Papers.