Just over a month ago, rapper Lil Wayne was released from Rikers Island prison, where he served eight months for attempted gun possession. Already he's recorded a new song -- "6'7"-- which was released online today and will be featured on his new album expected out in February.
It's roughly set to the calypso tune "Day-O" ("The Banana Boat Song") and is really quite catchy. Listen to the song for yourself and see what you think -- just be careful who's around. It's explicit to say the least, but if you can make them out, some of the lyrics are pretty clever. My favorite is when he talks about his prison sentence saying, "You niggas are gelatin, peanuts to an elephant
/I got through that sentence like a subject and a predicate." Love the grammar reference, even if it doesn't quite rhyme.
Critics are raving about the song, and it seems prison was just the boost his music needed.
"This is how you follow up a jail sentence," John Kennedy, Music Editor of VIBE magazine, said. "We've seen Wayne venture into lots of different styles and sounds -- from the ultra-glitzy 'Lollipop' to Rebirth's rock star vibe -- but taking it back to hard rhymes over a bouncy sparse instrumental is a great way to give fans a glimpse of the same ol' Weezy."
"Lil Wayne sounds so much better when he's sober," said Kathy Iandoli, media direcotr for HipHopDX.com. "I can be totally wrong and he might've sizzurped right before he stepped into the booth to make this track but after Rikers, Weezy's rhymes are so much more coherent."
So good for him for using his hard time to improve his craft. The fear, however, is that other artists are going to follow suit. Heck, prison is a lot cheaper than a creative retreat, and you get lots of publicity to boot.
Don't expect the rapper, also known as Weezy, to do any promoting of the single via Twitter, however. In his first live post-prison interview this morning, he talked about how someone had hacked into his Twitter account and tweeted that he'd be performing a free concert in New York on December 16. He said he's actually just taping a performance for the Carson Daly show, and he doesn't use Twitter like that.
"Everybody know, I don't do no promoting. Like I don't do that, I'm not a promoter. A lot of people use their Twitter, like 'Check this out' or 'I'm gonna be here' but I don't use it for that."
Maybe he should given all the excitement one false tweet created. He will, however, be performing this Saturday, December 18, on Saturday Night Live with Eminem. Tune in to see him in all his post-prison glory.
What do you think of Lil Wayne's new single '6'7'?
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