Feature: ARTISTdirect.com's Top 20 Lil Wayne Songs
Thu, 21 Mar 2013 17:32:20
Lil Wayne's the greatest in the game.
He's the most prolific, potent, and powerful because he can do everything. His catalog has got some poetic ruminations as well as some serious club anthems. That brings us to his latest epic, I Am Not a Human Being, Vol. 2, which lands March 26. We can't wait, as it's bound to be another classic.
In honor of the release, ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino took a look back at Lil Wayne's catalog and listed the best of the best songs from his studio albums.
Read on below and download them to your iPod or phone ASAP! (In no particular order...)
ARTISTdirect.com's Top 20 Lil Wayne Songs
"Tha Block Is Hot" (Featuring Juvenile & B.G.)
The title track and first single from Lil Wayne's debut, Tha Block Is Hot, introduced the world to Weezy as a solo forced to be reckoned with. His fiery flow takes center stage, and the ominous hook illuminates his ability to craft a hit at a super young age. "Tha Block" just got hot back then, and now it's practically on fire when he's behind the mic.
"Ain't That a Bitch"
Funky production bristled underneath Wayne's airtight verses. This deep gem from Tha Carter coasts through New Orleans with his cinematic storytelling, painting a paranoid hood portrait as he rhymes, "the cops is watching, the streets is talking". He even takes a moment to shout out Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind. It's that musical Pulp Fiction fans love from Weezy.
The siren at the start simply signals the arrival of another banger from Tha Carter II. Weezy's so icy he could put out any fire, and this single steamrolls with the power of a fire truck.
"I'm a D-Boy" (Featuring Birdman)
Another deep cut from Tha Carter II, this one sees Father and Son—Weezy and Birdman—stomping over a raucous, riled up beat like only they can. Together, they still make for one of the most formidable duos in hip-hop history. This proves that.
While fans anxiously awaited the arrival of Tha Carter III, Wayne dropped The Leak on iTunes around Christmas 2007. The five-song EP holds some of his fiercest and funniest material. "I'm Me" begins with Birdman's chirping before leading into fast, furious rhymes from Weezy. He spits, "I know the game is crazy. It's more crazy than it's ever been. I'm married to that crazy bitch. Call me Kevin Federline. It's obvious that he'll be Cash Money till the death of him". He also reiterates his independence, and it's felt with an empowering hook. It's an anthem for the ages.
This is another slick firestarter from The Leak. It's a fitting prelude to what was coming the following summer.
"Mr. Carter" (Featuring Jay-Z)
That brings us to "Mr. Carter" from Tha Carter III. The two greatest living rappers, Wayne and Jay-Z, trade bars over an epic and orchestral beat. "Next time you mention Pac, Biggie, or Jay-Z, don't forget Weezy, baby," Weezy declares as Hov passes the lyrical torch. It's a juggernaut of a track to this day. It gets heavy though when Wayne adds, "Gimme any amount of time, don't let Miss Carter Grieve".
"Lollipop" (Remix) (Featuring Kanye West & Static Major)
"Lollipop" was the panty dropper that made the pop world Wayne's. This remix from the deluxe edition of Tha Carter III invites Kanye West in on the fun. It's a wild, weird, and sexy bedroom romp.
"Shoot Me Down" (Featuring D. Smith)
When Wayne gets serious, there's no one more impactful in the game. "Shoot Me Down" is his declaration that he's not going anywhere ever. It's tough, tight, and tenacious. D. Smith adds a hazy hook that fits in perfectly. Strangely poetic, it's undeniably powerful.
Boasting a sample of Nina Simone's "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", this is another thought-provoking cultural rumination from Wayne. He's going to make you think like only he can here…
"Drop The World" (Featuring Eminem)
Wayne makes Eminem step up his game on this incendiary scorcher from the underrated Rebirth. The two of them together is a hip-hop dream come true.
"I Am Not a Human Being"
The title says it all. Wayne's not human, and he proved it on the otherworldly hit I Am Not a Human Being from the album of the same title.
"Gonorrhea" (Featuring Drake)
Two of YMCMB's best, brightest, and most brilliant get downright raw. Drake and Wayne ooze swag.
It's angry. It's anxious. It's alive. It's the perfect kickoff to Tha Carter IV that sees Wayne getting even better all the time.
"Nightmares of the Bottom"
In this piano-punctuated dream from Tha Carter IV, Wayne faces all kinds of darkness with one of his most melodic hooks. It's dreamy and different for New Orleans's finest.
This should be his inauguration speech as president of hip-hop…
"Mirror" (Featuring Bruno Mars)
From the deluxe edition of Tha Carter IV—more proof you should always by the deluxe!—this is straight powerful. Wayne rips through self-reflecting lyrics as Bruno Mars carries a heavenly hook.
"No Worries" (Featuring Detail)
It's like a space skater banger, elevating Wayne into a whole new stratosphere. It's as infectious and incomparable as his best fare and the perfect intro to I Am Not a Human Being II.
"Bitches Love Me" (Featuring Drake & Future)
The title says it all, but really everybody loves Lil Wayne.
What's your favorite Lil Wayne song?