A trio of tracks possibly destined for Lil Wayne’s rock record Rebirth leaked last night: “Ready for the World,” “Ground Zero” (featuring Tyga) and the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League-produced “Girls Forever.” Though the most recent Wayne leak — his ode to “Kobe Bryant” — circulated freely on the Web, these songs are being removed rapidly, lending credence to the theory that they are indeed bound for a major-label release, rather than one of Wayne’s many mixtapes. As always, Nah Right has the goods.
“Ready For the World” finds Weezy returning to his previously advertised rock-oriented sound after taking a Beastie Boys-inspired detour with “Fix My Hat.” It leads off with a bassline similar to Jane’s Addiction’s “Mountain Song” before an Auto-Tuned Wayne sing-raps over darker, Tool-esque riffs. (Apparently, the song was recorded before Jay-Z issued his “Death of Auto-Tune” memo.)
“Ground Zero” is Weezy’s most guitar-based song yet, with the quick succession of chords giving both Wayne and Tyga a frenetic platform on which to build their rhymes. “Let’s jump off a building, baby. Let’s jump out a window,” Weezy sings during the chorus. “Girls Forever” is more playful, as a bouncy bassline and a catchy chorus have the rapper sounding more like Wayne Coyne than Lil Wayne. Overall, it seems like Wayne is moving away from the nu-metal stylings of Rebirth‘s first single “Prom Queen,” opting for a rock sound that’s slightly more contemporary and less Limp Bizkity.
Rebirth, barring any more delays, is due out August 18th. Before that, as Rock Daily reported yesterday, the rapper will hit the road with Young Jeezy, Soulja Boy and Drake for the America’s Most Wanted tour.
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