With that came a very distinct rhyme style; a mix of stream-of-conscious tangents, witty turn-of-phrase, and oblique references to his sports fandom, breadth of pop culture knowledge, and drugs. With the release of his I Am Not A Human Being 2 looming, Complex has managed to unearth some D-Side cuts, from the deepest vaults of Young Money's Raiders of the Lost Ark rescue archives.
From there, Wayne has become one of the most successful and critically acclaimed rappers of his era, specifically hanging an extremely dominant run on the late 00s and early 2010s. His verses hold up, in part because he focused so heavily on delivering rapid-fire punchlines in his rhymes, in a manner that has inspired rappers after him: 2 Chain, Big Sean, and Drake, to name a few.
“That boy got a head on his shoulders / I’ll knock it off” From: “Lights Off” Album: They Block Is Hot A great thing about teenage Wayne verses were how defiant they were, and how hungry he consistently sounded.
Wayne’s ability to call back to hip-hop legends is highly appreciated here, as well as his use of the word “exfoliated,” for those of us passionate about our skincare routines. At the opening of Wayne’s Carter series, where he began to grow out of his youthful trappings and demanded to be taken seriously as an MC.
“The heart of New Orleans / Thumping and beating / Living and breathing / Stealing and feeding / Peeling and leaving / Killing and grieving” From: Best Rapper Alive” Album: They Carter II If there was a turning point in Wayne’s rhyme structure, and the way he attacked beats, it began on Carter II, and with this song.
“Pockets getting' too fat / No Weight Watchers, no lip / Money talks, bullshit walks / On a motherfucking tightrope” From: “Rich As F×ck” Album: I Am Not A Human Being II Wayne, it seems, has never run out of ways to discuss the joy he finds in accumulating money.
“I'm just feeling Weezy / Hop in my shit and say goodbye / Cause the ceilings leaving” From: “They Still Like Me” Album: Dedication 2 Mixtape Wayne, who thrived while simultaneously in the thick of the first three releases in his Carter album series, was almost an entirely different rapper.
“Benjamin Franklin on Ex how that cash roll / That's right, the mills do like damp clothes” From: “Maybach Music II” Album: Deeper Than Rap The great Benjamin Franklin makes another appearance, as well as yet another unique play on language and sound.
Not only a play on Wayne and Baby’s geographic location and a not to migration tactics, but also a reminder of happier times. On an album that pretty much served as a vehicle to capitalize off of Wayne’s hot streak, he still didn’t take any plays off.
“Forewarning / Young Money’s armed / And we can shoot it out / I got the money drawn / Yeah, take that to the bank wit' ya / I rock my hat to the side like I paint pictures / Smoke weed, talk shit like Lane Kyffin / Whole country in recession, but Wayne different” From: “Banned From TV” Album: No Ceilings Despite the dated USC-era Lane Kyffin reference, Wayne’s onslaught on this classic Swizz Beatz-produced Noriega beat is one for the ages.
“Just bought a new charm / Fuck the watch, I buy a new arm, you lukewarm” From: “No Problems” Album: Coloring Book A vintage Wayne guest verse coming last year, he anchored this song and stole the show.
A guest offering on Orange’s stunning album produced one of Wayne’s most vulnerable and honest verses of all time. Hard to pick a single line from this song, which is one of Wayne’s most iconic and memorable from his brilliant run.
But the one that comes to mind is basically because I just listened to it: “N1gga, we are, so ready for the war, C-A-R-T-E-R, put the beat in ER, I'm colder than BR, add another 3 R's, watch me like D-V-D-V-C-R, pump to ya chest i ain't talking CPR, riding this track like a mothaf×ckin street car” Well, according to the “8 Rap Facts” feature found in the current KING magazine, he is.
Wayne is a superstar, a multi-platinum artist who has dropped some amazing records and over the course of his career has made music and business decisions that have changed Hip Hop. In addition to putting out amazing records and building himself up as one of the best rappers alive, he has also played a big role in co-signing future legends Nicki Minaj, 2 Chain and Drake.
He has appeared alongside new school rappers and veterans alike and whether he’s performing a dope chorus or spitting some of the most quotable bars in Hip Hop, Lil Wayne brings it. When Lil Wayne is on his A game he can make amazing music with almost anyone Fat Joe, Jay-Z, Eminem, DJ Khaled, Drake, TI, Judaism, T-Pain or Tyler The Creator.
This track is a straight up club banger, the type of song that makes you want to pop a bottle and get twisted. Back in 2008 before TDE was a household name, Jay Rock was just getting started in the industry while Lil Wayne was on top of the game.
Chance and Wayne got back together on this joint and the result was impressive yet again, another high energy, fun track. Tyler The Creator and Lil Wayne were previously featured on The Game’s Martians Vs Goblins, but that track lacked a verse from Wayne verse, so this song was the “real” Wayne /Tyler collab fans wanted to hear and the Kanye West feature was a plus adding even more interest.
SUCKERS is a dream track where three of Hip Hop’s biggest personalities get to showcase their rap skills. Lil Wayne with Cash Money and Tyler’s with Odd Future but in the end all three of these artist make GOOD music.
Last ASAP has a track list filled with some phenomenal artists, Schoolboy Q, Mos Def, UK and Juicy J but even with all of those features Wayne stole the show. Wayne and Rocky both kept it trill on this track dropping some smooth verses over a booming beat by The Honorable C.N.O.T.E.
Lil Wayne and Cam’Ron are two innovators whose work helped to define the sound of Rap music in the mid 200’s. This Steve Morales produced track is kicked off with a dope hook and nice beat drop… This 07 banger is fueled by sharp synths and a heavy bass.
The relationship between Lil Wayne and Bird man has grown sour in recent years but this is one of their best collaborations. Backed by a sick beat, Lil Wayne spit one of his most memorable and catchy verses.
All four of these rappers put on for their cities, they went in on this beat and helped make this song a huge hit. Lil Wayne showed he could stand next to the best of the best on this track not being outdone by Jay-Z, TI or Kanye West, New Orleans’s Finest brought that southern smoke.
Dark, moody and soulful, 808’s & Heartbreak is one of Kanye West’s most experimental albums to date. On this project Kanye West forged rapping to express himself in a way that no other Hip Hop artist had before and the results were interesting.
808’s has gone on to be one of the most influential albums for rappers today inspiring Drake, Lil Uzi Vert and many other popular Hip Hop artists. On this sing Drake does his things with some good raps and a hell of a chorus, but Wayne holds it down on his verse.
On this track he held his own with two of the greatest rappers to come out of the south, two men with incredible flows and vivid lyrics. Forever is a mega hit were everybody on the track brings there A game, Drake lays down a catch smooth chorus and an infectious verse, Kanye does Kanye, Eminem rips the track with a tremendous verse and Lil Wayne spit a mean sixteen.