Tag Archives: Lil’ Wayne

THE MASTER HAS BECOME THE STUDENT, PT. 3

I know I’ve spoken on this a couple times already, but seriously how can Wayne make Thug change the name of his album and then put out a song like this that’s basically one “Woop!” adlib away from being a lawsuit-worthy “Givenchy” ripoff?

Lil’ Wayne – Hollyweezy

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BIG P WAS THE FIRST ONE TO SAY IT

I really wanted this new Boosie single to be a Bone Thugs reference but instead it’s a much more well-trod Big Pun/Lil’ Wayne/Rich Homie Quan/Ty$/etc. etc. reference.

Lil’ Boosie – Retaliation [2015]

Ty$ – Stand For [2014]

YG – My Nigga (feat. Rich Homie Quan & Young Jeezy) [2013]

Lil’ Wayne – Ride 4 My Niggas [2007]

Big Pun – Off Wit His Head (feat. Prospect) [2000]

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PUT A GOOD WORD INTO THE LORD FOR ME

After being introduced to Quan’s incredible ode to his father after he was shot multiple times last September, I’ve been trying to keep a mental list of rap songs dedicated to fathers; a remarkably more difficult task than spotting the more plentiful mother-oriented rap song. This song knocked me on my ass when I was doing the dishes yesterday, and rival’s Quan’s in its staggering emotional power.

Pimp C – I Miss U (feat. Tanya Herron & Z-Ro)

So far it seems like the only way to get rappers to talk about their dads in a positive light is after a tragedy (remember Wayne on “Everything“?), but if Quan, Pimp C, Z-Ro, and Wayne’s stories didn’t provide you with enough remorse for one sitting, follow this storyline from the video for original sample.

Aaron Hall – I Miss You

And here’s a little bonus Lil’ B in the spirit of the most recent RAP JOURNEY.

Lil’ B – Never Going Back

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THE MASTER HAS BECOME THE STUDENT, PT. 2

I guess Wayne and Thug didn’t think I illustrated my point clearly enough the first time around.

Rich Gang – Take Kare (feat. Young Thug & Lil’ Wayne)

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THE MASTER HAS BECOME THE STUDENT

Today might be the official beginning of Wayne sounding like an old rapper.  Just like when Jay-Z released his first post-retirement single sounding more than a little rusty, or his grumpy old man-sounding “D.O.A.” from Blueprint 3, or maybe most appropriately when he tried to sound like every young, new pop rapper in “Tom Ford“, there are those moments where it’s hard not to feel like a rapper has lost touch with him/herself but is still trying to stay relevant in the industry by putting out “new-sounding” material.  Wayne’s is even more interesting than Jay’s though, because the rapper he’s emulating on his newest single got his start imitating Wayne (by his own admission even).  Just watch this progression:

2009:

Lil’ Wayne – Wasted

2011:

Young Thug – We Are

2013:

Young Thug – Danny Glover

Today:

Lil’ Wayne – Grindin’ (feat. Drake)

I’ll always love Wayne – I’ll always love Jay too – but let’s be real.  If you really listen to what’s coming out of their mouths recently, there’s really no other way to describe it but old.

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WHO’S C/KRAZIER?

Both of these videos came out in the past week and it’s interesting how the artist and titles are just a couple syllables away from each other but COMPLETELY different in every other way.

Lil’ Wayne – Krazy

Lil’ Boosie – Crazy

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AND WHEN YOU SAY I LOVE YOU, I STUTTER

For those of you who, like me, have been wondering “What’s it going to take to get Wayne to stay on subject for more than 8 bars?”, turns out his name is Chance.

Lil’ Wayne – You Song (feat. Chance the Rapper)

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CHICKEN STRIPS, NO ESCARGOT

Iamsu! – Don’t Stop

Su drops some real obvious “wobbledy wobbledy” New Orleans-style rhymes throughout here, but does anybody else remember his little outro number from anywhere else?

Lil’ Wayne – Got Money (feat. T-Pain & Mack Maine)

This wasn’t the first time Mack used that little hook though.

Lil’ Wayne – Ballin’ (feat. Mack Maine)

Part of me feels like he’s maybe referencing something even older on here too, I’m not sure why though.  Y’all let me know if you’ve got the missing piece.

It’s really interesting how much the new West coast owes to the South, and how much the old South owes the even older West coast.

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OH, GREAT

I don’t know why, but today I inflicted the Rolling Stone “50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time” list on myself, in its entirety.  I know that “Greatest of All Time” lists are inherently dumb, and complaining about them is even dumber, but this particular one seems so especially dumb that I think it might not be excruciatingly dumb to criticize it, as long as I can keep it short and un-ranty.  So I’ll put aside as many personal biases that I can and try to actually play by the guidelines of a list like this.  These kinds of lists measure things like historical significance and cultural impact, and they worship “firsts”.  “Great” in the sense it’s used here isn’t an extreme form of “good”, it’s an attempt at objectivity about something inherently subjective by looking at factors like a song’s sales, chart positions, and the population’s general familiarity with it.  Framed in this way, it’s easy to see why lists like this are dumb, because those things aren’t what’s actually interesting about music.  But this list doesn’t even follow through on that flimsy objective.  It is unsurprisingly biased towards old guard “Golden Age” sensibilities, and yet still finds ways to overlook many obvious old school contenders as well.  Hardly any of my personal favorite songs are on that list, which is to be expected, but there are so many truly relevant-to-our-culture artists, songs, and movements that aren’t even touched on that I think it would be worthwhile to create a new list in response:

DRIVE SLOW’s Top 15 Artists Somehow Completely Ignored by Rolling Stone’s “50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time” List

1.  Too $hort

2.  Lil’ Wayne (or anyone from Cash Money)

3.  TI

4.  Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

5.  Gang Starr

6.  Goodie Mob

7.  Slick Rick

8.  Ludacris

9.  Gucci Mane

10.  Three-6 Mafia

11.  DJ Quik

12.  E-40

13.  Nate Dogg

14.  Ice T

15.  2 Live Crew

But nobody really reads Rolling Stone anymore anyway right?

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I’M ROLLIN’. LIKE I’M BOWLIN’.

Reeve flattered me the other day in the comments to this post, claiming he’d “polled the readers” of DRIVE SLOW and the “consensus” was that they wanted my opinion on this track.

Iamsu! – 100 Grand (feat. Juvenile & Kool John)

I have my doubts that there is a large number of people out there that Reeve is in touch with that are anxiously awaiting my opinion on specific obscure rap mixtape tracks, but I’ll humor him on this one because it actually is a pretty cool and interesting track.  I wrote a post back in April about Juvenile‘s push to regain some of his fading relevance and my mixed feelings about the results, and I unfortunately feel kinda the same way about the stuff I’ve heard him put out since then, too.  Rejuvenation didn’t really do much for me, not that I felt betrayed or that it was a total waste of time or anything, it just felt like Juvenile forgot all the things that make him sound like himself.  It’s like he became convinced that his own style isn’t enough so he adopted this obviously weaker, more watered down, and basic style just to distance himself from what he used to be doing.  I’m not one of those dudes that thinks that artists need to stick to the styles they start out with forever, hell I even stuck up for Snoop Lion when that stuff came out, but I just like it when the changes feel genuine, and Juvenile’s stuff lately doesn’t feel that way to me.  It feels like he’s trying to rap like somebody else, which, as I mentioned in my previous Juvie post, isn’t doing anybody any good.

That said, “100 Grand” is still an awesome song.  I’m sure Iamsu! was stoked to share a track with such a legendary artist, I’m totally happy for him about that, he deserves it.  And Iamsu! sounds great, the beat is great, and Juvenile’s verse is, well, fine.  It gets of to a little bit of a rough start, and hearing him talking about buying stocks feels a little strange.  But there’s still some lovable Juvenile in there peeking out the whole time; his voice is still captivating and his flow, while a shadow of its former self, is still pretty good compared to a lot of other rappers.  I just can’t get as excited about it as I would be about tons of his previous material.  Like here is a track I chose at random from his back catalog that I had in my collection.  Tell me this doesn’t grab you 500% more than verse 2 of “100 Grand“.

Juvenile – A Million and One Things (feat. Lil’ Wayne, Young Turk, & B.G.)

I hope this satisfies my breathless readership, you all just let me know if I can offer my opinions on any other pressing topics.

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