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.
“I play the hand that was dealt, I got a deck full of aces / I gave birth to your style, I need a check for my labor” From: “Intro” Album: Quality Street Music 2 Setting the tone for the second installment in DJ Drama’s Quality Street Music series, Wayne kicked off the album in a way that was hard to live up to.
Shout out Capone and Noriega / We can shoot it out and see who live to tell the story later / Diamonds in my Ollie face cannot be exfoliated” From: “Believe Me” Album: They Carter V 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.
The great Benjamin Franklin makes another appearance, as well as yet another unique play on language and sound. Lil Wayne, also a sex education teacher, giving sound advice on a song that was one of his biggest hits.
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.
A man enters a pun contest in his local newspaper. He sends in ten puns, hoping at least one of them would win, but unfortunately, no pun in ten did.
He doesn’t seem to be breathing and his eyes are glazed. The other guy whips out his phone and calls the emergency services.
The guy in front of me at 7-11 left his Breath savers on the counter. The cashier said I could have them, but I have abandoned mint issues.
A naked guy just dunked his balls in glitter. A Mexican magician told his audience he was going to vanish on the count of three.
It makes cows go crazy, and then they die.” The second cow replies, “Good thing I’m a helicopter.” A pirate walks into a bar.
What do you get when you combine a dyslexic, an insomniac, and an agnostic? Someone who lies awake at night wondering if there’s a dog.