After a long history of delays and postponed release dates, it’s appearing more likely that Lil Wayne’s rock-rap LP Rebirth might actually be released on December 21st as “On Fire,” another new song reportedly destined for the album, leaked yesterday. As opposed to the nu-metal-flavored cuts that were emerging earlier in the year, “On Fire” finds Weezy dropping Auto-Tuned rhymes over the synth sounds of Giorgio Morodor, heavily utilizing the Scarface soundtrack’s “She’s On Fire.” Listen to the Cool & Dre-produced track over at Nah Right.
“On Fire” is on the unconfirmed Rebirth track list that appeared on Amazon.co.uk. If it turns out that the track list there is legit, Rebirth will also feature Weezy reteaming with “Forever” collaborator Eminem on a new track called “Drop the World.” Other artists who reportedly make a cameo on Rebirth include “Let It Rock” singer Kevin Rudolf, Nicki Minaj and, in an extended role, Young Money signee Shanell. As Rolling Stone reportedlast month, the cover of Rebirth has already been revealed (essentially the same cover of the “Hot Revolver” single), and just yesterday the covers for “On Fire” and future single “Da Da Da” were also unveiled via Rap-Up.
Between Cool & Dre sampling “She’s On Fire” and Clipse interpolating Laura Branigan’s “Self Control” for their recent “Counseling,” it appears that ripping samples from vintage songs appearing on various Grand Theft Auto soundtracks is becoming a popular trend. Some songs originally slated to appear on Rebirth — the aforementioned “Hot Revolver,” the Beastie Boys-influenced “Fix My Hat,” “Girls Forever” and “Ready for the World” — don’t appear on the Amazon.co.uk track list, though the rocker “Ground Zero,” which emerged back in June, seems to have made the final cut, as did first single “Prom Queen,” which debuted in January.
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