On this day, February 2, in hip-hop history…
2010: Lil Wayne was at one point really serious about putting out a rock album. That ended up being his highly experimental LP Rebirth that left plenty of devoted fans scratching their heads.
Weezy was at his peak after 2008’s Tha Carter III, which still holds the title as his best-selling album from his career. Like many artists who want to explore other creative outlets, the Best Rapper Alive thought making a rock album would be the smartest idea. Obviously, nobody in the YMCMB camp told him otherwise, and alas we got his take on rap-rock.
Although many believed Wayne’s album would fail, it actually fared well by selling over 176,000 copies in the first week and 775,000 overall. Fueled by the single “Prom Queen,” Wayne recycled a lot of ideas from rock music which reflected in other songs like “Ground Zero” and “Get A Life.” However, he did have strong guest appearances from Eminem (“Drop The World”) and Nicki Minaj (“Knockout”) that boosted his creditability a bit. Depending if you liked a rapper’s view on rock, Rebirth was a reminder that you should leave it to the experts.
Since Weezy’s rock phase, he’s been in talks of putting out an album of love songs called DEVOL. We don’t know if will see a return of Auto-Tune Wayne, but it’s a sign that he never ceases to be boxed into one genre. No glass ceilings stopping him, that’s for sure.
But anyways, revisit his worst album of his career if you feel like it. And to make the listen worthwhile, reminiscence on his awesome guitar-playing skills: