As many of you know, Lil Wayne was reported to be on his deathbed… and it was kind of a huge deal. At least for me it was. When I first landed on the TMZ website I lit’rally sat there in a stupor, refreshing the page for 35-45 minutes. I really thought this was it for Weezy (especially since I always worried that his “fondness” for sizzurp was really an addiction to codeine). One thing that sucked was knowing that, even though he’s no longer, technically my favorite rapper, I had never taken the time to really, publicly declare that at one point he absolutely was! From about 2003-2008 he was insane! As in, insanely good, insanely lyrical, and pretty much genius. In 2007 he was featured on over 77 songs because if you wanted a hit, you were gonna need you some Lil Wayne. And he influenced so much of my creative writing in college that I wrote a bomb-ass collection of poems (no, trust me– they were bomb) inspired by my two literary heroes at the time: Toni Morrison and Lil Wayne. I was worried that I was gonna have to do some ridiculously sad, post-humous Throwback Thursday, and I’m so glad that Weezy F. Baby has officially been released from the hospital, and that I get to celebrate his awesomeness while he’s here. Click inside for just a handful of my all-time favorite Lil Wayne songs!
1. Tha Block Is Hot
I spent a significant amount of 9th grade listening to this song, and Lil Wayne‘s first album Tha Block Is Hot. I wasn’t too sure about the Hot Boyz, but I had high hopes for Juvenile (omg, remember Ha?!) and Lil Wayne. Weezy’s voice was unique (okay… and kind of annoying), but I thought he was a good storyteller. Still, I had no idea I’d still be bumping him in 2013.
2. Shooter, Feat. Robin Thicke
When Robin Thicke dropped that new video today, I couldn’t help but think of this song. OMG… SO. EFFING… GOOD. And Robin got mad props from me, because Wayne so rarely had R&B dudes on his songs. Anyway this period of time is my absolute favorite in the grand narrative of Weezy.
3. Duffle Bag Boy, Playaz Circle Feat. Lil Wayne
This was definitely not Lil Wayne‘s song, but we definitely couldn’t tell. That’s because this came out during that period of time where, if Weezy was on your track, it was his track. Awkward, but totally a reality. Oh, and shouts-out to Throwback 2 Chainz!
4. F-ck The World
Fun fact: Lil Wayne‘s mother gave him permission to record his first album (Tha Block Is Hot) at age fourteen under one condition– that he agree not to use any curse words on the album. And wouldn’t you believe it, he listened to his mama. There was one exception and that was this song, one of my favorites (and his personal favorite of his own work), F-ck The World. This video has the lyrics in it, but I feel compelled to share the hook. Oh, and apparently I still cry when he gets to talking about his father (Rabbit) in the third verse. So yeah. It’s 1999 again up in this piece:
Look, I don’t curse, but in this verse man, fuck the world
I lost my father to a gun and made a little girl
And I’m still thuggin’ wit’ my niggas tryna’ keep it real
And I’m still doing for my mother and I’m payin’ bills
Again, I stress: HE WAS FOURTEEN!
5. Go DJ
I will never forget hearing this song for the first time and thinking… Oh shizz, is Lil Wayne about to blow up on some crossover/commercial ish?! I knew that this song was gonna launch a new version of Wayne (even his flow was different from his previous albums), and I was so psyched for him!!! I had no idea he’d be, like, skateboarding and… stuff… later, but hey. What are you gonna do? That’s why there’s always Throwback Weezy :)