Has Father Time been kicking your you-know-what lately? Well, folks, try this time-flies fact on for size: Lil Wayne turns 28 years old today. That’s right, the Cash Money superstar, who entered the rap game at the tender age of 11, is officially knocking on life’s door marked “30.” Considering all that Weezy has accomplished in the years since then, it’s easy to understand why his turning 28 has us at XXL feeling quite old today.
What we’re sure won’t change along with his age, though, is Wayne’s tireless musical output—the guy records verses not like it’s his job (because, well, it is, after all), but as if his life depends on every line tracked in a studio booth. Which explains I’m Not a Human Being, his new EP-turned-LP set for release tomorrow, while Wayne is nearing the end of his jail bid.
Prison bars can’t stop his hustle, nor should the hoopla that’ll no doubt surround his coming home party this November. If he and his Cash Money brethren (we see you, Birdman) are wise, they’ll take a cue from Nas’s playbook and drop Wayne’s own The Lost Tapes. A possible title: The Lost Leak. Ever since we conceptualized Nasir’s possible Lost Tapes 2 a couple weeks back, we’ve been plotting something similar for Wayne. Here’s what we’ve come up with, “Lil Wayne’s Lost Leak if XXL could call the shots.” These are tracks that never made it onto official albums and have been difficult to hear minus any DJ tags. We’re sure y’all have your own versions in mind—let us know in the comments section. Now, it’s time to let the beats build.
1) “Did It Before” [Produced by Kanye West]
2) “Georgia Bush”
4) “La La La” (Original Version)
5) “One Night Only”
7) “Fix My Hat”
8) “My Darlin’ Baby” (feat. Drake)
9) “I Know the Future”
10) “Something You Forgot”
11) “Eat You Alive” (feat. Ludacris)
12) “Different Girls” [Produced by Nu Jerzey Devil]
13) “Red Magic” (feat. Game)
14) “I Feel Like Dying”