ID Labs Breaks Down Wiz Khalifa’s O.N.I.F.C.

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  • “The Plan” ft. Juicy J
    “The Plan” ft. Juicy J
    <object width="620" height="400"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/hzsetiYnn-Q?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/hzsetiYnn-Q?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="400" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object><br /><br /><strong>E Dan:</strong> I remember sitting here one morning, playing around on the piano and I came up with those chords and started building on it. It was definitely something I was making with Wiz in mind, sort of going after the feel we had with “The Race." It's definitely one of my favorites on there, but it's one of those [records] that just sort of came together. I don't remember spending more than an hour on it. I remember Will, who's Wiz' assistant, said Wiz had rapped on it and he told me that Juicy J was on there too. I said, You must be talking about a different track because I can't imagine [Juicy] on that type of mellow record. I was real anxious to hear it and I feel like he killed it. I love hearing Juicy over non-typical Juicy stuff.
  • “No Limit” (co-produced w/ Nice Rec)
    “No Limit” (co-produced w/ Nice Rec)
    <object width="620" height="400"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/smnntDz1zrc?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/smnntDz1zrc?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="400" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object><br /><br /><strong>Original Title:</strong> “Intergalactic—something”<strong>Dan:</strong> "No Limit" started out by a producer, also out of Pittsburgh, named Nice Rec. He is good friends with Wiz's DJ, DJ Bonics, so he played it for him.<br /><br /> <strong>Jerm:</strong> It's actually two songs they did into one. <br /><br /><strong>Dan:</strong> After it was all said and done, probably two, three months ago, we started working on it. We basically took it here [in Pittsburgh] and Nice Rec came down and we sort of worked on it from there where we added a bunch of stuff, took out a couple samples and played a bunch of things, and it became a co-production at that point. The original title, Pete [Nice Rec] called it some crazy shit, it was called like "Intergalactic Something." It was something goofy like that. [<em>Laughs</em>] The original version had some dude from the '50s talking about space travel and that stayed in it up until the end. We pulled a couple of samples off of there and that was one of them. But it was cool because that was such a different track for Wiz. I love that song and I feel like he did a great job on it.
  • “Time”
    “Time”
    <object width="620" height="400"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/SJcQwbbrubw?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/SJcQwbbrubw?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="400" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object><strong>Original Title:</strong> “Peace”<br /><br /><strong>Dan:</strong> “Time” was another one that Sayez passed to me.<br /><br /><strong>Sayez:</strong> That was probably the first one of the batch that ended up getting on the actual album. That's actually the first one I sat down and said, "Hey, I wanna make beats for Wiz today." <br /><br /><strong>Dan:</strong> It was called "Peace." <br /><br /><strong>Sayez:</strong> It has a good vibe to it, real smooth.
  • “Got Everything” (co-produced w/ Sledgren)
    “Got Everything” ft. Courtney Noelle (co-produced w/ Sledgren)
    <object width="620" height="400"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/PvTl1N2rxWI?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/PvTl1N2rxWI?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="400" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object><br /><br /><strong>Original Title:</strong> “G.E.T.”<br /><br /><strong>Dan:</strong> That was actually the first beat that Sledgren and I ever worked on together, which is crazy because we have worked together on projects for years. There was a little bit of scandal behind that [record] and I'll probably make it too much known, but there's an original track for that and they had a song and weren't sure who produced it—because so many people will send Wiz beats. So at some point somebody got at us and said, “Hey, why don't you guys see what you could do with this because we're not sure if we could use this beat.” So it just ended up being Sledgren and I putting the track together to it. Then they actually tracked down [the person] who produced the original beat. We all sort of agreed that what we had done was better, but being nice guys we cut that guy into it. <br /><br /><strong>Sayez:</strong> E Dan's a real nice guy. [<em>Laughs</em>]<br /><br /><strong>E Dan:</strong> That was tough one because it's difficult to make a beat around a song that already exists. Especially when it's someone singing in it, where you got to follow the melody. What we did ultimately sounded nothing like the original, but it took a lot of versions to get there and we spent a lot of time on that. I spent a good week doing multiple versions of it until it landed on the one that ended up on there. Then I shot what I had to Sledgren and he added a lot of the drums and a couple of the sounds on it; even from there I went back and added stuff. There was a ton of tracks in there. I know when Sledgren and I were passing it back and forth, for some reason he had sent a version to me first that had an acronym for "G.E.T." I didn't know what the hell it stood for. [<em>Laughs</em>] But that's how we passed it back and forth the entire time, up until the end. <br /><br /> <strong>Sayez:</strong> Got Every Thing. [<em>Laughs</em>]
  • “The Bluff” Featuring Cam'ron
    “The Bluff” Featuring Cam'ron
    <object width="620" height="400"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/jb5M3S2AkT8?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/jb5M3S2AkT8?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="400" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object><br /><strong>Original Title:</strong> “Monumental”<br /><br /><strong>Dan:</strong> We weren't in the studio with Cam but I wish we were. [<em>Laughs</em>] That was another one that Sayez had started and ended up with Jerm and I doing stuff to it. We sent it over to Wiz and he actually had a song to it with an empty verse. I don't know if he had planned on Cam getting on there from the door, but he definitely had somebody in mind for it 'cause he had just done all of his parts and left that verse open. I remember when I came out to L.A. to work on <em>Taylor Allderdice</em>, he played me the Cam verse for that. It was probably a couple months before that he had actually done the song, but then he had just gotten Cam on it. It was tight [to hear Cam on the record]. Jerm is a huge Dipset fan. I certainly love 'em but I know for Wiz that's one of his idols, so I knew it was a big moment for him. <br /><br /><strong>Jerm:</strong> I was probably more excited to hear that record than any other record on the album at the time. I was definitely excited.
  • “Paperbond”
    “Paperbond”
    <object width="620" height="400"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/MWtmnaicNt0?version=3&hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/MWtmnaicNt0?version=3&hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="620" height="400" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object><br /><strong> Original Title:</strong> “Paperbound”<br /><br /><strong>E Dan:</strong> That was a track that Sayez started on his own.<br /><br /><strong>Sayez:</strong> Like I mentioned earlier, it was during the time that Wiz and Snoop were finishing up the Mac & Devin project and E said, “Hey, he's gonna start working on his next album so I need you to go to work and start making shit.” So I really just sat down and pretty much just tried to find some trippy shit to make. I sent it through to E and that's how that track came about. < br /> It was originally titled "Paperbound."<strong>Dan:</strong> That was the name of the beat when we sent it, and the song ended up being "Paperbond."