Hear It First – Master P ft. Lil Wayne, Gangsta, and Ace B, “Power”

master-pNow that Lil Wayne is no longer with Young Money, all I can imagine is Wayne rapping and having to constantly re-take his verse because he keeps saying “Young Moola baby” at the end of it impulsively as tears fill his eyes. However, he did find the strength to record while waiting for Tha Carter V to find its way into the market.

Hip-Hop veteran Master P teams up with Lil Wayne, Gangsta, and Ace B to make your typical Lil Wayne-sounding Rap song. His verse is typical of what you would have heard before, proving that leaving YMCMB did not change his sound much. The song is not great but I would not say it is awful either. You can check it out below:

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Favorites Friday – Lil Wayne ft. John Legend, So Special

carter-4Happy Friday! Well, at least in spirit. #TreatEveryDayLikeFriday. But seriously, I happen to be with my long-distance girlfriend for a couple of days and I have been spending them away from music and my computer. Forgive me for forgetting for the second week in a row about my Friday favorite pick.

This week is Lil Wayne’s So Special off Tha Carter IV, which introduced me to modern Hip-Hop (kinda sad really). This song has always been a favorite and I believe made my Top 50 list this year. The song also influenced my love for RnB/Soul, which is apparent if you have read this blog for more than 20 minutes.

I am pressed for time, so in essence the song is good. Listen to it. Seriously, I like it. Overall, I’ll give it a 8.75/10. Lil Wayne sounds like Lil Wayne, so don’t expect much different. John Legend is basically the best part of the song. You can check it out below:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – Ke$ha ft. Wiz Khalifa, Andre 3000, T.I., and Lil Wayne, Get Sleazy 2.0

get-sleazyBack in 2011, Ke$ha let us know that she did not need your brand new Benz, or your Booshy (???) friends. I have to admit, this remix has some incredible rap verses on it. Wiz Khalifa was in his prime (well, better than he is now), Andre 3000 was Andre 3000 (and still is), T.I. hadn’t fallen off yet, and Lil Wayne has one of his better quick verses on this song. It is quite lovable for any mainstream Hip-Hop/Rap fan.

The winner of each would probably be T.I. if you ask me, mostly because that was one of the first verses that I learned. Andre 3000 and Lil Wayne tie for next, though. I almost wish I could hear a version without Ke$ha, but we have to thank her for the remix. The beat is drum-y and percussion-y as well.

Overall, I would rate the remix at 9.5/10. Ke$ha messes with the song, but otherwise an enjoyable listen. You can check out the song below:

-Austin Heath

Favorites Friday – Lil Wayne, Fireman

Let me start this with some food for thought from hiphopdx.com. The staff wrote an article about Lil Wayne’s upcoming Tha Carter V album, and I found it to be an amazing read. You can check that out here.

Fireman is not my favorite Lil Wayne song, but it encompasses the sound that Lil Wayne should re-embrace in his next album. I always found this track to be a model for rappers trying to attempt at the sound LIl Wayne brings. Not much to say about the song itself, but the subject of the article made me decide to remind everyone of what Wayne could sound like.

So overall I will briefly and vaguely rate the song at 9.75/10, mostly for lyricism. You can give the song a listen below:

-Austin Heath

Hear It First – Nicki Minaj ft. Lil Wayne, Drake and Chris Brown, Only

HotNewHipHop.com has been the first site to inform me of the much-anticipated sequel to Anaconda. Nicki Minaj brings on Lil Wayne, Drake and Chris Brown to make this song a hit. Everyone sounds decent (though Lil Wayne makes me feel like I need to cough something out of my throat), but it has more of the YMCMB sound that I tend to not enjoy anymore. I still felt like this should be posted though, especially for a rather unique beat. Production was the first star in this game.

“I like my girls BBW.” Drake, your raps make all people in the room uncomfortable. I am still surprised that Chris Brown and Drake could be on an official song together, especially with their constant girl-fights. Drake’s entire verse just made me uncomfortable in a weird way, hard to explain it unless I quote lines from it, which no part of me wants to do.

Minaj’s new album, The Pink Print, is due for pink release on pinktember pink two thousand and pink. But in seriousness her album will drop December 14. Anyways, go ahead and click the link to hear it first:

http://www.iheart.com/talk/show/iHeartRadio-World-Premieres/?episode_id=27065963

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – Lil Wayne ft. T-Pain, How To Hate

My choice break-up song for anyone who feels wronged and spiteful would be Lil Wayne’s underrated How To Hate. I will admit that the only time I could really enjoy Lil Wayne’s music were when he released Tha Carter IV, which features some of my favorite songs. I actually believe this song was in my Top 50 this year, and has appeared there in past years.

I said recently that I enjoyed most T-Pain songs because for reasons besides him, yet there was something about the autotune that I did not notice when I was hurt and angry and felt every lyric in this song related to my situation. Of course I was 14 years old, and we all know no matter what happened I could have not been owed a wedding ring.

There may be some bias due to the passion I associate with this song, but it provides a calming angry song without going off the wall with loudness. It was a perfect speed to just sit and consider the situation. Lil Wayne’s rapping is truly not all over the place and seems to stay on point. After 5 O’Clock I became more open to T-Pain’s sound, and this was the first song I went to after hearing it but not really liking T-Pain’s singing. It has always consistently been an enjoyable listen that I finish everytime.

So overall, I would rate the song at 9.75/10. Obviously Lil Wayne’s rapping can take away from the song, but it achieves what it was looking to: An opposite of How To Love and an angry love song. I really enjoy this song and seriously recommend a listen, regardless of your opinion on either artists, below:

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – Lil Wayne ft. Bun B, Nas, Shyne and Busta Rhymes, Outro

Let me just start my first article featuring Lil Wayne with a little piece of information: I am not a Lil Wayne hater. I really don’t hate any artist, as I try to be open to any and all music. However there are some artists whose music/songs I tend to not like. But even still Lil Wayne is not one of those people.

Luckily for anyone who does not like Lil Wayne, this song does not actually have him in it. It was the outro to his album Carter IV (my favorite of his albums) and has some great verses on it. The hook-less track features a freshly-released Shyne after being in prison for over a decade, as well as my all-time highest ranking rapper, Nas. Busta Rhymes and Bun B both deliver huge verses and make this one of my rap favorites.

Overall, I give it a 9.25/10. Some very excellent verses (except for Shyne unfortunately) but no hook and these talents were saved for an outro instead of put on a single sadly. Still deserves a listen as it is often overlooked, here it is:

-Austin Heath