Wiz Khalifa isn't worried about a sophomore jinx. Instead, Taylor Gang captain is focusing on giving fans the best listening experience possible with his upcoming O.N.I.F.C. (Only N---a in First Class).
"I just really wanted it to be the best rap album possible with a bunch of less obvious songs in your face, but with stuff that makes sense and that it relates to people who enjoy music," he told MTV News when taking part in our Hip-Hop Music Preview.
For music fans, there's no greater feeling than ripping the packaging off of a brand-new, hotly anticipated album — or completing a download off of iTunes. So, in anticipation for hip-hop's most exciting new releases, MTV News got down with Nas, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Pusha T and Wiz Khalifa to get a sneak peek into their creative processes. It's been a music lover's dream, and on July 30 we will conclude our series when Wiz breaks down his next album. If you can't wait until then, tune in to MTV 2's Sucker Free Countdown on July 29 for a Wiz Khalifa first look. In case you missed any of our other coverage, here are some highlights.
"On my first album, I said, 'Life's a bitch,' now I'm saying, 'Life is good.' That just shows you my journey has been peaks and valleys, ups and downs, obstacles, fun, all kinds of things that brought me to this place."
"I knew approaching this album, I wanted to approach titling it a lot different from previous albums. I wanted it to be strong and impactful. The first half is God Forgives. It's, 'A lot of us need forgiveness.' I Don't represented the street aspect of life. I feel we have both sides that we deal with in life. I gave 'em one of those feelings that it was a motion picture, a masterpiece, five-star."
"This is my first album as 2 Chainz. I think I'm gonna be around. I don't think it's just gonna be a one-and-out thing with me, so this has to be a classic for me."
"This album was based off the movie 'Devil's Advocate.' Not theme-wise at all, but just in the feel of the album. 'Devil's Advocate' is a very dark movie, but at the same time, visually, it's beautiful. The album is based off of that because I speak about the harsh realities of street life but there's a lot of glitz and glamour that comes along with that. If you just look at it at face value, you might think, 'It sounds a bit like he's glorifying [street life],' but when you get tuned into the record, you realize that you get both sides of it."
Check in with MTV News on July 30 for our Hip-Hop Music Preview, when we spotlight Wiz Khalifa's O.N.I.F.C. (Only N---a in First Class) and catch a first look on MTV 2's Sucker Free Countdown on July 29. Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #MTVHipHopPreview!