.

First Listen: Lil Wayne Embraces Skate-Punk, Auto Tune On Rock Record "Rebirth"

March 3, 2009 11:57 AM ET

"This is that rock shit/this is hip-hop, bitch," spits Lil Wayne on an as-yet-untitled a track off his upcoming rock record Rebirth. While the lyric — uttered between dark, synthy strings and wailing electric guitar — may not be Weezy's cleverest, it's one of his most momentous: he's announcing that he's reinventing both genres.

And he does a pretty good job of it. One cut — about a dude who's begging his girl not to "walk out the motherfucking door" — features Prince-inspired guitar, bombastic drums, and, of course, lots of Auto Tuned singing. It could almost soundtrack an '80s teen movie, though probably not one directed by John Hughes. Another untitled song — on which Wayne addresses haters in an R. Kelly-style rant ("What the fuck you looking at me for? If you motherfucking hate me, get a life") — is a reimagined skate-punk anthem. Even Avril Lavigne makes a cameo!

But Weezy doesn't totally ditch rap: He pays homage to the Beastie Boys with giant 808s on another awesome tune, and yet another song finds him rhyming over strings reminiscent of the ones in Coldplay's "Viva La Vida."

And even though the self-proclaimed best rapper alive is swapping genres, he's keeping his studio-rat habits: Wayne has recorded around 30 songs for Rebirth, says his manager, Cortez Bryant. "He's still trying to give me tracks, and I'm like, 'You gotta stop,'" says Bryant. " 'You're driving me crazy.' "

Related Stories:

Inside Lil Wayne's "Real Rock Album": "Prom Queen" Producers Talk Rebirth
Lil Wayne Plots Rock Album Rebirth, First Single "Prom Queen" Leaks
Lil Wayne Laughs For Letterman, Cries For Couric As Grammys Near

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Money For Nothing”

Dire Straits | 1984

Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com