Even though Lil Wayne’s Rebirth was delayed — yet again — songs continue to leak off Weezy’s rap-rock project. Today brings perhaps one of the most anticipated tracks from the oft-postponed LP: “Drop the World,” Wayne’s collaboration with Eminem. Listen to the track over at Nah Right. As Rolling Stone previously reported, Rebirth wrapped up its year of aborted 2009 release dates by pushing back from December 21st to February 1st, or so it stands now.
The song starts off slowly with icy synths pacing Weezy’s sing-rapping, but things finally pick up when the chorus hits, as Wayne yells, “Bitch, I’ma pick the world up and I’m gonna drop it on your fucking head” over a bed of nu-metallic guitars and keys straight out of T.I.’s Paper Trail. Weezy and Slim Shady previously appeared together on the all-star track “Forever,” and just like that on that song, Eminem’s contribution stands out as the clear highlight of “Drop the World,” as he brings a furious verse that we can only hope is emblematic of the work Em might pack onto Relapse 2 in 2010.
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“Drop the World” is the third song in as many weeks to supposedly leak off of Rebirth, an album that has seen so many singles and leaks drop on and off its ever-changing track list that it’s unclear what the state of the album is at this point. Two songs that appeared on the Amazon.co.uk track list for the album, “Da Da Da” and the Scarface-sampling “On Fire,” were both released as digital singles, while previous leaks like “Hot Revolver” and “Fix My Hat” have all but disappeared. The one mainstay throughout this entire Rebirth ordeal, “Prom Queen,” first appeared back on January 27th.
As a consolation, Lil Wayne did release the excellent No Ceilings mixtape as a bridge between delays. If and when Rebirth is released, among the guests reportedly joining Eminem include Lenny Kravitz, Travis Barker and Drake.
UPDATE: Now we know how “Drop the World” leaked: According to reports on the Amazon Reviews page, some people who preordered Rebirth via Amazon have already received their copies before the e-tailer could call back the prematurely sent orders following Relapse‘s postponement last week. According to Billboard, of the million copies that were ready to be shipped for its December 21st release date, only about 500 copies of Rebirth have made it out into the wild thanks to Amazon, though it only takes one copy to leak an album. As of press time, it’s unclear whether the release will once again be pushed up, if the track list on the February 1st Rebirth will be different or if 500 Weezy fans now own a pretty cool collector’s item.
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