Wiz Khalifa Explains ‘O.N.I.F.C.’ Cover Art
Wiz Khalifa had Twitter in a tizzy over his album art for ‘O.N.I.F.C.’ on Wednesday (Aug. 8). The profile shot of a shirtless Wiz wearing a spotted fur coat, gaudy jewelry and American Flag-style skinny jeans shocked many of his fans and they definitely voiced their opinions about it.
Wiz’s followers (and maybe some of his detractors) took to the social-networking site to throw some critical darts at the artwork, and boy some of them were stingy. Most of his fans object to his channeling of Jimi Hendrix with the album cover. One person wrote, “Jimi Hendrix, don’t cosign,” while another tweeted, “Wiz Khalifa said he wants to be Jimi Hendrix. He should start by choking on his own vomit.” Ouch!
Others felt that Wiz was also impersonating a very popular Disney film character. “Wiz Khalifa’s “O.N.I.F.C.” Album Cover is Jimi Hendrix, Meets Prince, Meets Cruella,” wrote one follower.
Wow! We figured that Wiz’s artwork would raise some eyebrows but we didn’t expect people to have a visceral reaction to it. After an onslaught of Twitter hate, Wiz jumped on his timeline to defend his album cover with a lengthy string of tweets. All together, the Pittsburgh rapper wrote:
“I’m helping everyone get in touch with their inner sleaze. If [you] don’t want to let it out, I’ll express it for you. I’ll be brave enough. ONIFC [its] not for the scary. [It’s] about taking risks so the people who believe what we believe in can feel free. The cover art should give you confidence and let you know you can fully be yourself in front of people no matter what they say or think. You don’t have to hide that s—, let it out. That’s what the artwork really represents, and if you scared I’ll do it for you.”
If there’s anyone who should be blamed for the album art it’s his stylist Fatima B. who dressed Wiz for the cover shoot. She tells The BoomBox that Wiz has been rocking this bold style for over two years. “I can understand both sides of people getting it or not getting it,” says Fatima.
“If you see how Wiz dresses now, it already gives you this whole hippie feel,” she adds. “This whole ’70s vibe. This sleazy, rockstar-type image. This is what we wanted it to be and we wanted people to see the transition from how Wiz used to dress, up until now. This is where we’re at with the album, the music. It all goes together.”
Fatima searched every vintage thrift store she could find to complete the look for the ‘O.N.I.F.C.’ album cover. She’s not bothered by the horrid reaction from fans about Wiz’s, um, fashion choices.
“We wanted to give people a shock, but it wasn’t just that,” she insists. “We wanted people to understand the music, his attitude, the weed-smoking, the hippies, the festivals… All of that played into the album cover. It’s like a whole lifestyle in a booklet.”
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