The year is 2011. Blonde patches are in everyone's head. Wiz Khalifa, already several mixtapes in, kept the momentum continuing with the release of Cabin Fever. Eleven years later, Khalifa's impact on the culture is undeniable. All while remaining himself and being true to his image.
I remember the hype surrounding Wiz and his iconic ninth mixtape even at age 14. It was discussed on the internet. His lyrics and persona kept the timeline flooded. He was the topic of conversations in lunchrooms. There was no escaping the camo cargo, flannels, tank tops, and chuck appearance Wiz came with.
He opened up the mixtape with the smooth, bass-infused 'Phone Numbers' featuring Trae the Truth and Big Sean.
"Usually I be smoking weed on the intro, but I'm drinking water. It's Cabin Fever," Wiz said as he opened the tape.
With other tracks such as 'Hustlin', 'Gangbang', and 'Taylor Gang' ft. Chevy Woods, it was clear that he gave us steady-beat knockers in comparison to more mellow raps we were accustomed to early on.
Drumma Boy, Lex Luger, WillPower, and more chimed in for production. Many mixtapes under Wiz belt could've threw him in to young legend status, but this tape for me showed a side of Wiz that I gravitated towards to keep him in household conversation.
It's Cabin Fever still, 11 years later. He also now has the tape across major streaming platforms. Spread the NOiZE and take a dive in to our Throwback of the Week.