Tag Archives: Lil’ Wayne

YOU AIN’T GRINDIN’ TILL YOU TIRED

There are a lot of things to love about Starlito’s newest tape (like the realest relationship-rap song in recent memory), but one reference in particular caught my attention on first listen.

Starlio – I Get Tired

The Game – My Life (feat. Lil’ Wayne)

When “My Life” came out it quickly became my go-to Exhibit A for defending auto-tune to all those mid ’00s haters who still took their rap cues from Jay-Z and hungrily grasped at any opportunity to dismiss an innovation or new direction in rap.  I liked T-Pain a lot too but that was a hopeless position to take toward anyone who I’d be having this debate with, but Wayne’s auto-tune use was harder to dismiss, especially on such an emotionally deep and vulnerable song.  Cher (or, more accurately, one of Cher’s producers) introduced it to the world, T-Pain built an entire style on it and made it a household name, but I think Wayne deserves a lot of credit for paving the way for a less-gimmicky and more expressive use of the infamous Auto-Tune.  It’s his work that set the stage for Future, Chief Keef, and Young Thug to make some of the most interesting emotionally powerful music of the past decade, and I think “My Life” is a prime and often overlooked example of this.  This reaches beyond rap too, if Wayne hadn’t taken Auto-Tune’s use as an expressive tool to the next level and it had simply out of fashion when T-Pain did, would Bon Iver have made “Woods“?  Doubtful.

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THINKIN’ OUT LOUD

Fat Trel – Truffle Butter (Freestyle)

Young Money needs to just start funneling all their hits through Fat Trel, he does way better than the artists with the “official versions”.  Remember his “Started From The Bottom“?

Maybe a more realistic idea would be for Trel to go full on ’07 Weezy and make a mixtape where he raps better than Young Money on all their own hits for a couple hours.  I mean how excellent would he sound on “Hookah“?  Or “Rich as Fuck“? Or “0 – 100”  — oh wait

Fat Trel – 0 – 100 / The Catch Up (Remix)

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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 the 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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