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Cool & Dre Compare New Lil Wayne Album To OutKast’s Aquemini

Faced with numerous delays, Lil Wayne’s label is rumored to have reservations about the rapper’s upcoming rock album Rebirth . However, producers Cool & Dre swept such concerns aside, insisting to MTV News that the effort is still very much both “a Lil Wayne album” and “a rap album.”

The Miami-based team has produced a number of songs for Rebirth, described as “anthemic records.” “We wanted to create music for him that could stand beside his performance, which is tough,” said Dre. “The way he was performing, I can only compare him to Freddie Mercury or Jim Morrison, guys that put it all out onstage.”

“It’s almost like where OutKast was when they made Aquemini,” added Dre, drawing comparisons to the creative license of the Atlanta duo for their ambitiously sprawling 1998 classic. “It’s still a rap album, but was it really a rap album compared to all the other rap albums at that time? André Benjamin was evolving artistically to where he’s at now — Wayne is doing the same thing, and he’s not afraid to show you his growth.”

Fans can make their own judgment as Rebirth is scheduled to hit stores on June 23. – Devin Chanda

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