Rebirth Might Be Stillborn…

lil wang

The new trend for Lil’ Wang albums has been the pushback to the release date. Wasn’t the Carter III a year late? The Carter III was also a Grammy laden platinum album so if all the trends stay true to form ‘Rebirth’ will be another successful CD.

Contrary to most of you internets I fux with the ‘Prom Queen’ track. Sure it wasn’t anything that Led Zep or Pink Floyd would have produced but as far as Hip-Hop rock hybrid tracks are concerned it was better than anything Limp Bizkit ever out out, including ‘Nookie’ [ll].

I like the idea that Wang was going to make an auto-tune rock album. That shit hasn’t happened since Peter Frampton did that shit a thousand years ago. I don’t know how many rock fans will cross over to rap music but I bet a lot more rap music listeners will start to develop their ears for sound of shrill guitars. Rap listeners are generally more openminded than people that listen to other music anyhoo.

Rap music is such an amalgamation of diverse and disparate musical genres that rap fans can listen to almost any other form of music if someone puts a sick drum beat behind it. This is why rap music will be played in the future, even if it is wack shit from the Beastie Boys. James T. Kirk was blasting the Beasties before he ran his car off a cliff. BTW, go see Star Trek 2009 if you haven’t already.

So you all know I am no Lil’ Wang fan on this page, but right now in 2009 this dude is 2 for 2 on my scorecard. First was that ‘Prom Queen’ song and now is this ‘Ready For The World’ track. It’s not the Clash or progressive headbanging rock music but it is definitely serviceable rock rap when that subgenre has had the toughest time putting out music for the masses. I mean, there are my folks in Game Rebellion, but how much shit have they released to the web for people to review?

Lil’ Wang hasn’t gotten any better at writing profound lyrics that will last the test of time but he sure does have the emotive quality of someone that believes in the gibberish he is saying. That quality now counts for something in my mind. It’s almost like Wang regressed backwards mentally and he knows it and he’s trying to fight it, but then it gets too hard so he stops trying. I can relate to that. that is how I felt about college. If I had made a peer network maybe I might have graduated, maybe not though since I had a peer network in high school and I dropped out of there too.

The two songs I have heard from ‘Rebirth’ sound dope to me. Maybe the reason the album keeps getting pushed back is because these are the ONLY two songs completed. Lil’ Wang is lucky he isn’t an Aftermath artist. With this kind of output ‘Dre would shelve his album indefinitely (see: Rakim). I know Wang is touring his ass off and the what not but that is no longer an excuse to completing an album in this day and age. Music gets e-mailed back and forth like vocals do. Shit gets slapped together and yu don’t even realicze that none of the performers were ever in the studio at the same time.

What would be beautifully ironic would be the ‘Rebirth’ album being a DallasPenn certified classic while everyone else on the internets pans it vociferously. That could happen too. I loved ’808s & Heartbreak’ while the majority of the internets shitted on that joint. I bet half them dudes play that shit to themselves every morning. The internets can be so emo. Just like Wang on this track…

  • Pierzy

    Morning Dallas…

    I feel you that hip-hop is made up of an amalgamation of different trends and styles and I do agree that if everyone is doing the same thing, it gets boring and stale quickly. There needs to be multiple lanes.

    But, with that being said, I can’t imagine I’ll be digging the autotune rock album. Just a personal choice…although I will give it a listen or two before judging. Like Comm said, “If I don’t like it, I don’t like it/That don’t mean that I’m hating”

    • Azhar

      Cosign Pierzy:
      The Carter 2 and 3 both were bangers, Weezy is free to do what he wants as far as music..but I’m more of a fan of the mixtape Weezy, which was on display on The Carter 2 and 3. Truthfully i don’t think this cd will be meant for real hip hop heads anyway, so i’m not hatin on Weezy for doing different music, i’m sure the Carter 4 will shortly follow this 1.

  • fredMS

    they need to get rid of these computer drums and the lead singer.

  • http://www.incilin.blogspot.com Incilin

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who liked Prom Queen. But you have to admit, Hot Revolver (which was supposed to be on Rebirth, I think) was hot garbage. So I still have my doubts.

    On the rapping side of things, have you heard Wayne’s “No Quitter, Go Getter”? Shit is fire, and its gotta score high on the syllable count. Its prolly the best solo rap song Wayne has done since C3.

  • OG Matt Herbz

    I personally like the fusion of Latin music into Hip Hop. Those Willie Colón joints meshed with a drum beat are killer, mang.
    Check the Bangers section.

    What I can’t stand is a bunch of pictures of Lil Wayne holding a guitar like he can really play that shit. Until I see him rip the Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock 3, he’s just a bitch to me. Put that shit down, homey.

    –OG Matt Herbz–

  • Epinz

    I thnk this nggz pushin it back to get a buzz, like tha Carter 3. The only diff is that he was puttin out a shitload of quality music that made u wanna listen to his shit. Def not the case with this cd! He’s not puttin any quality shit out! I think nggz want sumthn new so bad they’ll praise anythng diff, even if its trash….808′s!

    • SOUTHSIDE A-TOWN

      ^^^co-sign that.

      u aint never lied, bout that being pushed back shit. its like dat shit just build anticipation & excitement for some reason. but rebirth aint got nowhere near the buzz as C-3.
      and i gotta give to lil birdman, he be trying some ‘outside of the box thinking’ type shit.

      i cant lie, i like prom queen & ready for the world (dis was my first time hearing it). i think i’ll get really high, then listen to dis rap rock shit. i like it.

  • General

    I gotta admit that I am still at a loss as to why people ever mentioned Wayne as one of the best rappers…

    I have listened to a wide variety of his shit, but just never got it and then everytime I hear a Lupe or Kanye or any of Slaughter House, I am even more confused as to how this dude that if you ever actually listen to what he is sayin makes no sense whatsoever, was rated as the best by so many people…

    Yeah he can put out hot records, but so can Rick Ross and ain’t nobody claimin he is the G.O.A.T.

    I honestly don’t think this Rebirth CD is ever gonna happen, atleast not in the form that Wayne had envisioned it, which is a rock album…

    Everytime I see him on some clip performing, I can’t help, but think that Guitar Hero and Rock Band are to blame for this as he looks like a little kid trying to play a rock star…

    That being said, the few tracks that I have heard do sound promising, but its been months now since this was supposed to have been released and the best he has to offer are possibly two decent tracks…NOT GOOD

  • Chris Cash

    Im very open mined but Wanye is far from being on a Kanye level, he should leave albums like this to more creative artist like (3000, Ceelo, Kanye)

    Plus his reason for even becoming a rock star is stupid, just because you wake up next to a couple of groupies dont mean you gotta switch it up. If that were the case every rapper who went plat would have jump ship.

    I want that wayne from 05-06 back

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

    DP

    Total cosignery.

    I did a post on my blog about 2 months ago, in regards to the Wayne phenomena based on the “Prom Queen”, “Hot Revolver” & “Fix My Hat” leaks.

    Fuck the general consensus, Lil Wayne got his lane, pedal to the floor.

    I said it once, & I’ll continue to say it….Wayne embodies “hip hop” & is taking it places.

    tonygrands.blogspot.com

    • General

      And what place would that be?

      • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

        Only him & his styrofoam cup know the answer to that, bruh.

        • SOUTHSIDE A-TOWN

          ^^^LMAO!!! & @ anutha_level LMAO!!! creampie kaing. ya’ll niggaz too funny, yo.

  • DazzOne

    I havn’t heard anything from ‘Wayne’snew album that makes me want for it, but a white homeboy of mine who hasn’t like rap since the days of Scarface’s ‘Never Seen A Man Cry…” say he likes it. I was like ” huh?”. I really don’t see this album aproaching Gnarls Barkly like levels, but if ‘Wayne is willing to push the boundaries, then more power to him.

  • DazzOne

    I havn’t heard anything from ‘Wayne’snew album that makes me want for it, but a white homeboy of mine who hasn’t like rap since the days of Scarface’s ‘Never Seen A Man Cry…” say he likes it. I was like ” huh?”. I really don’t see this album aproaching Gnarls Barkly like levels, but if ‘Wayne is willing to push the boundaries, then more power to him. *sigh*

  • http://www.myspace.com/emcdlthemusicprofile EmCDL

    I don’t know DP I’m not really feeling none of Wang’s emo-rock-rap tracks thus far, and I listen to mostly all types of music (other than country, sorry can’t fux with it). Dude sound like he continually whining thru a can w/surround sound….

  • og bobby j

    i dont fux with prom queen…but i like the “spit” (ll) joint he put out….

  • yoprince

    i like ready for the world, hot revolver, and prom queen… the shit just posted in the bangers section today is terrible tho. haven’t listened to fix my hat.

  • DV8

    so when is any of the staffers/bloggers at XXL gonna post anything about Mos Def’s battle challenge to Jay, Wayne, and Beanie Sigel? I mean Mos does have a album out, doesnt that qualify as something worth looking into/ talking about as opposed to this “rock music” Wayne is putting out?

    BTW Mos Def and Black Jack Johnson >>>>>>>>>> any rock music Wayne puts together.

  • Braille

    I heard the song *(heavy ass sigh…then I said under my breath…what the fuck) wayne needs to just rap…thats pretty much what he did on the song…

    but on another note the blog was dope

  • anutha_level

    all i kno is…wayne has lauren london AND nivea knocked up at the same f’n time. if that nigga ain’t the creampie kaing, i don’t know who is….lucky bastid.

    and that pic is the funniest shit i’ve seen so far this week…

    as for the post, i’m all about expanding my mind/ear to different music. shit, i was rockin portis head and morcheeba yesterday…so that’s a good look for wang

    • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

      Man, I was stuck on that Portishead & Tricky for a couple of years…..

  • VRWC

    “Rap listeners are generally more openminded than people that listen to other music anyhoo.”

    hah

  • BIGNAT

    okay this shit is sounding like a autotune country music star.

  • Dallas Penn

    I played this Wang track on my iTunes while I was writing this drop and I will be honest and say that I like this shit.

    This could be Wang’s lane. He is such a style chameleon. He copps Juve’s style, Jay-Z’s and even Juelz shit. maybe now he is getting Jimi Hendrix / Jimmy Page right.

    “If I played guitar I’d be Jimmy Page, the girlies I likes are underage” – AdRock, Beastie Boys

  • http://xxl jg

    i was doubting wayne at first. until i heard this, hot revolver and spit in your face. spit in your face is the best by far.

  • BORN IN THE NORTH, RAISED IN THE SOUTH

    Why listen to Weezy bite Jimi Hendrix when I could just listen to JIMI HENDRIX? [*turns on "Machine Gun"]

    • GhostWriter420

      “Why listen to Weezy bite Jimi Hendrix when I could just listen to JIMI HENDRIX? [*turns on "Machine Gun"]”

      CoSign…. machine gun is retarded..

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