Lil Wayne will reportedly release his next album, Rebirth, on April 7th. And as evidenced by the album’s first single “Prom Queen,” the album will feature Weezy’s “rebirth” as a rock & roll star. Lil Wayne’s publicist told MTV News that the new LP will indeed be a “rock album,” and that the record has nothing to do with the Tha Carter III: The Rebirth release Wayne was plotting in late 2008.
We knew Weezy had the desire to go rocker, from his collaboration with Kevin Rudolf on “Let It Rock” to Wayne’s guitar antics with Kid Rock at this year’s Country Music Awards to his six-string noodling during concerts, so this next step in the rapper’s artistic evolution seems strangely natural. Rebirth will be the rapper’s first official release since Tha Carter III sold more than a million copies in its debut week last year. With an album so potentially polarizing, however, it seems unlikely that Weezy will repeat the feat.
Now you’re probably saying to yourself, “There’s no way this is actually happening,” but Wayne’s new single “Prom Queen” leaked this weekend, so this must be reality. The song features Wayne and his Auto Tune singing over a bed of guitars instead of a standard rap beat. In a way, this LP seems like it’ll echo Kanye West’s genre-bending 808s & Heartbreak, with a renowned rapper “singing.” Unfortunately, on “Prom Queen” as least, what makes the song unique is also what almost ruins it, as the background rock music on the single sounds like Limp Bizkit effortlessly recorded it in 1996. Weezy is still scheduled to perform at this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony, so it’ll be interesting to find out if the rapper will bust out “A Milli” or a guitar.