After hearing “Phone Numbers” today on my Rockie Fresh Pandora station (which in and of itself is a fantastic station), I was reminded of how truly dope Cabin Fever was. “But how could I have forgotten?” was my first thought. Lex Luger sure had the right idea. The mixtape is filled with classic Wiz material, full of what he came up on: banging trap beats made for effortless flexing. Flight School, Deal or no Deal 2, Kush & OJ; they’re all full of this type of music. The newer Wiz releases just aren’t like this one. I mean, it all generally stays in the same lane; Wiz has always stuck true to his style, which I commend him for. However, the pop/mainstream rap influence is of course more present than ever before.
The best part about the whole Cabin Fever idea was the fact that it came right before Rolling Papers. Many referred to the post-Rolling Papers era as when he made the mainstream rap change, or when he “sold out”. It was met with negative critic reviews, but also made him a ton of money and branded him as a big-time artist, which leads us to where he is now. The thing is, though, Cabin Fever dropped before all of that. It served as somewhat of a last hurrah; the perfect transition joint between his old style and the new one.
DOWNLOAD: Wiz Khalifa – Cabin Fever
O.N.I.F.C. is an ill project, and it serves as evidence that Wiz can still rock with the best of them. It just does not go as hard as Cabin Fever, though. Even trying to recreate the magic he captured with the first one didn’t work, as Cabin Fever 2 fell flat on its face. Take a listen to this if you’ve never heard it before. If you have, though, I suggest you listen to it again. Remind yourself of why you gravitated towards Wiz’s music, just like I did.