Lil Wayne Drops ‘Rebirth’ Album – Today in Hip-Hop
On this day, Feb. 2, in hip-hop history…
The New Orleans, Louisiana rapper and Young Money patriarch was, at one point, really serious about putting out a rock album. Tunechi's urge to genre-jump led to his seventh studio album, Rebirth. Although Wayne was backed by his devoted following in terms of record sales, Rebirth left plenty of 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 to date. Like many artists who want to explore other creative outlets, the "Best Rapper Alive" thought he could conquer rock music in the same way he did rap. 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, 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 on “Drop The World,” and Nicki Minaj on “Knockout,” that boosted the album's credibility a bit.
Since Weezy’s rock phase, he’s returned to hip-hop with five more solo albums, continued to nurture the careers of two of music's hottest acts, Nicki Minaj and Drake and finished up the extended legal battle with his former mentor and father figure, Cash Money Records founder, Bryan "Birdman" Williams over the release of his highly anticipated studio album, Tha Carter V, which has since been certified platinum.
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