1. Wiz Khalifa, O.N.I.F.C.
Release Date: 12/4/12
After releasing his commercially successful, yet highly criticized album, Rolling Papers, Wiz Khalifa is gearing up for his second major label LP, O.N.I.F.C. For the Pittsburgh native, his second proper album is about finding a balance. As he told us in our cover story, he's done trying to force a particular sound or approach. Instead, he's just "laying it down," something he said all the hip-hop legends—from Snoop Dogg to Juicy J—have done.
In finding that sound, Wiz has teamed with some familiar faces, including "Black & Yellow" producers Stargate, and some choice guest stars, like The Weeknd and 2 Chainz. Expect several of his Taylor Gang associates to appear, too, while the likes of Mac Miller and 50 Cent have hit the studio for the O.N.I.F.C. recording sessions. With a clear-cut confidence and focus, it's looking like Wiz has found that balance he's aiming for while creating the remainder of the year's most anticipated release.
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