Lil Wayne Shreds

ARTIST: Lil Wayne
TITLE: “Prom Queen”
WEB DEBUT: Jan. 25, 2009

ONE-LISTEN VERDICT: The leadoff single from Lil Wayne’s forthcoming “rock” album brings together the worst tendencies of your rock and roll stations out there and the most AutoTuned tics of the radio dial’s pop stations. Which is why it’s probably appropriate that the lyrics spin a straighter-than-straightforward revenge on the hot girl from high school who ignored Weezy back in the day story, complete with the old “askin’ herself where she went wrong” subplot.

Actually, come to think of it, if you think of this track as a sort of conceptual sequel to “Sk8er Boi”—where the dude who was told “See ya later” back in the day finally gets to tell his side of the story, complete with lingerie descriptions that Avril was too polite to get into—it makes even more sense. Well, OK, so that little bit of line-drawing still doesn’t make “Prom Queen” sound any better, but it at least places it somewhere in this millennium’s rock and pop universe.

WHERE TO HEAR IT: The game of YouTube whack-a-mole is no doubt raging as we all sit and scratch our heads, but you can hear it here for now:

  • Anonymous

    Oh dear god, this is awful

  • Anonymous

    I will take this over Staind, Puddle of Mudd, whatever-have-you that used to play 75% of the time on 92.3 in NYC during the 90s. C’mon, the prechorus, chorus and outro are decent! I bet it’ll sound better after the 50th time you all have heard this. Even if it isn’t great, i don’t see it as bad.

    Or i am just being contrarian. I can’t tell sometimes.

  • Chris N.

    Well, I would take it over Staind and Puddle of Mudd, but that’s like saying I’d take it over an icepick in the ear.

  • Lax Danja House

    I love how it sounds, but as a song it’s kind of all over the place. Then again he kind of specialises in all over the place.

  • LostTurntable

    Lil Wayne is officially huge now. He has no one around him to tell him when he fucks up.

  • kicking222

    Like most suburban white males who listen to rap, I love Weezy. (If only I could get more of those guys to listen to Saul Williams.) But dear god… I literally could not get through one listen of this song. It was that bad.

    @drinkypuss: I agree completely. This blows Staind, Puddle of Mudd, Limp Bizkit, Nickelback, and what have you out of the water. But does that actually say anything? Absolutely not. If you and me collaborated on a rock song that was written and recorded in the next four hours, it would be better than those bands.

  • Anonymous

    I never listened through Kanye’s crossover, but at least it sounded like he had his heart in it. This is simply inexcusable.

  • Audif Jackson Winters III

    This isn’t even good enough to be a Papa Roach b-side.


    Weezy?! WHY?!!!! Total Garbage.

  • tigerpop

    Wow. That’s total crap.

  • DJorn

    Man, I really want to like this song because I’m so happy it exists, and I love Weezy for following his muse and doing whatever pops into his head, but this blows.

  • SteveLepore

    This sounds like Weezer rapping over a Creed b-side.