Within minutes, fans began talking about the cover art, which has Wiz sitting in a black chair, rocking a spotted animal fur jacket and tight, red and white leather pants. Some fans love it, saluting the Taylor Gang general. Others, though, hated it and disparaged the Pittsburgh rhyme slinger’s style.
Today (August 9), a full day later, Wiz took to his Twitter to explain the cover art further and defend the statement it’s intended to make.
“Im Helpin Everyone Get In Touch With Their Inner Sleaze,” Wiz tweeted out to his over seven million followers. “If U Dnt Wanna Let It Out, Ill Express It For You. I’ll Be Brave Enough. Onifc Is Not For The Scary.
“Iss 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,” he added. “You Dont Have To Hide That Shit. Let It Out!!! Thass What The Artwork Really Represents. And If Your Still Scared, I’ll Do It For You. Lets All Grow Together!!!”
Yesterday, Wiz attempted to do much of the same, in explaining the O.N.I.F.C. artwork.
“The artwork, it relates to the title,” Wiz told MTV News. “It relates to what I’ve been portraying and what I’ve been bringing to the game for the past couple of months because like I say, in my music, and like I’ve been saying recently, ‘They stole the swag, and I don’t want it back.’ I had to change up things; I had to turn it up. So it’s like the album artwork is just another step in the turning up.”
O.N.I.F.C. (Only Ni–a In First Class) has been pushed back from August 28, its original date, to September 18.—Jakinder Singh