I'm sure these threads pop up all the time on here, but I thought I'd give it a shot. As a metal and hip-hop fan, I like songs that incorporate both well.
Not weird emo rap or nu-metal shit, but songs kind of like Rush by Tali Well. Someone pointed me in the direction of The Impossible Kid which I listened to (3 times in fact) and was very impressed to say the least, especially by the fact that he is dropping still such high quality projects after being in the game 20+ years...
I also partly decided to do this to help newcomers realize that Wayne for quite a long period of time was without question “The Best Rapper Alive.” Dedication 2 Wayne's flow is unbelievable, swagger is nearing Jay-Z “I hang out with the President” levels, and Weezy sounds like he isn't even fucking trying.
He's got you listening in for every word, so you can appreciate the dopiness and at the same time giving you the feeling that he might just doze off on lean before he finishes the next bar. Best flows of his career, wordplay is great, and my god his delivery... You can't spit like him no matter how many times you listen to this mixtape.
The Drought is Over 2 If my memory serves me correctly this was the original draft of They Carter III but a number of tracks got leaked onto the internet. Actually gives a great look into the personal life of Wayne, he doesn't stray from the topic, and he doesn't brag, he just talks about the difficulties of maintaining a relationship as a rapper.
He takes beats from lesser known producers (Deeply, Maestro, Play-N-Skillz) and big names like Kanye West, Swizz Beat, Cool & Are, and Alchemist and blends it into a really diverse but cohesive album. Wayne does some really cool things with his delivery on his album that sounds a little more refined than the earlier mixtapes.
Mr. Carter Song has Jay-Z passing the torch to Lil Wayne and basically calling him the new king of rap. Got Money This song is basically an exact replica of Good Life by Kanye West, but I think Wayne's version is better.
Dr. Carter Concept song where Wayne plays a doctor reviving hip hop. Normally I'm not a big fan of tons of features on an album because it usually takes away from what the main artist is trying to say, but damn this Interlude idea was executed perfectly.
It's Wayne fresh out of jail trying to see if he still has the skills to compete with the top guys in rap, and I think he does an okay job. But as a whole this album has like 4 hype songs that are worth keeping in rotation, the interludes, and the rest is really forgettable.
So today I thought I would make my argument for why Lil Wayne is the GOAT of rap. Second, I get soon much hate online when I list Wayne has my number one greatest rapper.
The reason why Andre 3000 can't really be mentioned in the top 5 rappers, even though he may be talented enough, is because he doesn't have a personal discography. Likewise, rappers have to have a big discography but also have a good amount of their projects quality enough to override their bad ones.
He has many throw away albums but his classics more than make up for his weaker projects. However, I think the biggest argument for Lil Wayne's greatness his is mixtape work.
Anyone who is a hip-hop head knows that Wayne changed the mixtape genre. When I say that, I mean I would say that I would put his Dedication and No Ceiling mixtapes above things like the MMP and Reasonable Doubt in terms of rap quality and skill.
I am still convinced most people won't understand what I am talking about unless you go and listen for yourself. Even if you don't like Lil Wayne you can't deny his influence in the rap genre.
He also made tattoos on rappers popular, dreads, and was one of the main influences of the baggy jeans, gangster rap culture. But the most important type of influence he had been on great rappers today.
In an article from Revolt TV, they said Wayne redefined the art of rap, ripping apart your favorite rapper’s instrumentals and making them his own. He took Ludicrous’ ode to Georgia and flipped it into a political statement.
In 2006, he grabbed Jay-Z’s ‘Show Me What You Got,’ and everyone’s attention altogether, to assert his contention for an invitation to the rap gods’ table. Jones,’ he once reminded the world that the ‘Sky is the Limit,’ which even prompted Hilary Clinton to lift some of its lines for her speech at the Democratic National Convention.” I can't tell you how many times rappers would disc Wayne and all he would do is just get on one of their beats and kill the instrumental even harder than the original.
Obviously I can't really explain this point as well as the others so the only way it will make sense is if you go and listen yourself. While his albums do have some solid bars, I would say go listen to prime Wayne mixtapes.
Projects like No Ceilings, The Drought 3, and Dedication 6: Reloaded are out of this world. Now this is to prepare you all for my final point...if you didn't know, Lil Wayne freestyles most of his projects.
When you realize that the bars you are hearing are off the top of his head, it changes your perspective on how much of a genius he actually is. Mind you, Love Me is an infectious slice of spooky pop-rap while the creeping funk of Rich as Fuck inspires Wayne to one of his sharpest flows of this era.
Released exclusively to Tidal as They Carter V lingered in legal purgatory, this set of Wayne leftovers unsurprisingly lacks cohesion. Given the barbed title, it’s a disappointment that there’s little reference to his battles with former mentor Bird man, while the uninspired writing and messy beats mean most of these cuts were better left on the studio floor.
Photograph: Erika Golding/Getty Images Wayne’s They Carter series has produced some of his most seminal records, so it’s disappointing to find the fourth installment feeling so superfluous. The 17-year-old little Wayne’s ferocious debut encapsulated the Cash Money Records machine with Annie Fresh’s rumble’n’bump beats and ample appearances from Weezy’s group Hot Boy and Big Timers.
His froggy flow would smooth out, and quotable lines would become more cutting, but there’s plenty of no-nonsense street bars and plaintive musings from a kid who was already a father. Wayne puts the frustrating delays and legal wrangles with Bird man in his rearview mirror with a personal, big-hearted record that combines modern sounds and thrilling early-00s pastiches.
As brilliant as the studio albums are, Wayne’s 2005-2007 mixtape run is the stuff of lore, when his best rapper alive” claims went from chest-beating pronouncements of superiority to undeniable truth. The unofficial mixtape version of They Carter III, made up of tracks tossed once they leaked, is easily stronger song-to-song than the album.
The prolific MC started his career as a teen with The Hot Boys, but today he finds himself at the center of the Pop music world’s attention. Wayne’s “I Am Music Tour” comes to U.S. Bank Arena, featuring openers Gym Class Heroes, T Pain, Kasia Cole and Keri Wilson.
The prolific MC started his career as a teen with The Hot Boys, but today he finds himself at the center of the Pop music world’s attention. The sheer amount and diversity of material Wayne has been responsible for or part of (with hundreds of guest and mixtape appearances) might suggest he has taken over the charts by over saturating the market.
But They Carter III is an impressively forward-thinking album, revealing an artist who may have found his true voice, but shows no sign of settling into one predictable sound. Wayne’s “I Am Music Tour” comes to U.S. Bank Arena Saturday, featuring openers Gym Class Heroes, T Pain, Kasia Cole and Keri Wilson.
Lil Wayne is making chart history. In addition to topping the Billboard 200 with They Carter V, the Young Money rapper becomes the first artist to debut two songs simultaneously in the top five on the Billboard Hot 100.
The Kendrick Lamar-assisted “Mona Lisa” enters at No. 2, while “Don’t Cry” featuring XXXTentacion opens at No.
Lil Wayne also joins Drake as the only artists to debut four songs in the top 10 in a single week. 7 and “Let It Fly” featuring Travis Scott places at No.
Additionally, 22 of the 23 tracks from They Carter V charted on the Hot 100. 1 on the Billboard 200 after selling 480,000 equivalent album units in its first week, of which 141,000 were traditional sales.