Released about a month before the entirely trap-less Rolling Papers, the Cabin Fever mixtape marked the first time Wiz collaborated with Juicy J, and fittingly, the first time he really explored the trap sound. The eerie piano line that kicks off the title track couldn't contrast more with Rolling Paper's sunny, radio-friendly sounds, and the lyrics (especially "Big heat'll turn your body to a cold case") come as a shock when delivered by the usually-amicable rapper. The Big Sean-assisted "GangBang" is the first of four consecutive tracks produced by champion-of-the-moment Lex Luger, and it finds Wiz talking about gang signs and delivering threats like it's second nature to him. Elsewhere, him and Chevy Woods make smoking weed with the Taylor Gang crew seem like a positively intimidating prospect, which is pretty ridiculous, especially when Wiz mixes Scarface references with lines about his cargo shorts and long socks.
Apart from Woods' more believable verses, tracks like "Taylor Gang" sound exactly like a stoner rapper attempting to be hard, which is a challenge Wiz would continue to face in his exploration of aggressive sounds. The Juicy J feature, "Errday," is the exception, using a Luger beat to back up boasts that are based on money and fame, not street cred. Wiz seems much more comfortable there, dropping bombs like "I heard that money grow on trees so I grew one / Left my old bitch at home, got a new one" that match Juicy's braggadocios bars without overstepping Wiz's bounds.
Cabin Fever has its fair share of cringeworthy, fish-out-of-water moments, but it presented a ripe alternative to the somewhat watered-down pop material that made Rolling Papers a commercial success.