Before Sorry 4 the Wait came out, it had been a whole two years since we’d had an official Lil’ Wayne mixtape, and like many fans I was thirsty for some new Weezy.  One of the tapes that helped tide me over during that period was this unofficial one called Haemoglobin: My Flag Red, which I liked OK, it had a great opening track and it served its purpose of being some new Wayne to keep my interest until I could get something official, but I had this one big problem with it.  Possibly my favorite song on the whole tape was somehow mangled in the transfer to mixtape form, there were these little 1 or 2 second chunks of music missing, causing the song to inexplicably jump from one line to the middle of another, which really ruined the whole flow of the song for me.

Lil’ Wayne – That’s What They Call Me (feat. Gudda Gudda)

(mangled version)

I liked the song so much though that I actually still listened to it a bunch, and I just tried to grimace as little as possible at those missing pieces and savor the moments I did have on tape.  I even looked around on the internet at the time for an intact version I could download and replace on the mixtape I had, but every version I found was just the same.  Even YouTube versions had the same issue, and it was getting to the point where I was questioning myself on whether or not I was right about there being missing pieces of this song I loved or if it was just a really weird song or something, and eventually I just kinda gave up (or Sorry 4 the Wait came out and I stopped caring, one of the two), and I hadn’t really listened to the song since.

Then today, I was cruising through some Digital Dripped archives, looking for some singles to download, and I saw a version of “That’s What They Call Me” sitting there in my search results, and I figured “what the hell, I haven’t listened to this song in a while, it’ll be cool just to hear it again” and in the back of my mind I’m going “please please please please please be the full version please please…”  Well, I think you can guess the outcome, I wouldn’t be writing this post if the experience had ended in disappointment.  Behold!

Lil’ Wayne – That’s What They Call Me

(unmangled version)

For some reason this version doesn’t have the Gudda Gudda verse on it, but for me that’s a small price to pay to have Wayne’s uninterrupted flow on this song, it feels so good to have that resolved and to have my suspicion confirmed that the first version of the song I had was not how it was supposed to be.  I hope this song is as enjoyable to you all even though you probably didn’t get weirdly obsessed with the incorrect version a year or so ago like i did.

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