Lil’ Wayne has decided that his next venture needs to be into the realm of rock music. The album, titled Rebirth, has been getting surprisingly good press so far. The first two singles (Prom Queen and Hot Revolver) have been getting all kinds of love from Pitchfork.
Pitchfork, quite frankly, is the last site I thought would get on the Wayne rock train, but I guess they were swayed by him somehow.
Critically, I should note that without a doubt I dig this album more than Kayne’s 808 and Heartbreaks. At least Wayne is giving his new musical career a try without layers and layers of autotune. Okay, that’s a lie. There’s still a tremendous amount of autotune, but at least he’s not Kanye. I frankly don’t understand why, when rappers try to do a rock album, they think all they need to do is just strap on a guitar and turn on the synth software. I feel like there’s some potential here, but he’s copping out.
Here’s Prom Queen.
Focusing more on Hot Revolver, MTV says that “The opening guitar riffs are reminiscent of Tommy James and the Shondells’ “I Think We’re Alone Now,” while the leadoff lyrics borrow from Green Day’s “Basket Case”: “She said, ‘Do you have the time/ To listen to me whine?'”. An interesting choice, I think, considering Wayne’s not exactly known for following the same path as Green Day. But
Here’s Hot Revolver. Ignore the video itself, it’s just a composite of a bunch of other Wayne music videos.
Still, I can appreciate what these kids are trying to do. It’s good to push yourself and try new things.