Lil Wayne’s foray into rock, Rebirth, has had its release date pushed back a bunch since it was first announced many months ago. But you shouldn’t let those pushbacks, or the relatively cool response to the album’s dreary lead single “Prom Queen,” dissuade you from believing the producers Cool & Dre, who think the album is awesome. In a completely unrelated development, Cool & Dre have songs that are candidates for the final tracklisting of Rebirth, and they haven’t heard yet which songs made the final cut. But don’t let that dissuade you from thinking they are sincere!
“The best way to describe the Rebirth record is that it’s a Lil Wayne record,” Cool’s partner Dre said. “It’s where Lil Wayne is right now in his life and career — he’s expressing himself musically. ‘Prom Queen’ came out and that’s a rock record and so everybody is like, ‘He’s putting out a rock album and he’s on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.’ Yeah, there’s some rock records on there, but there’s also some records where he’s rapping. It’s a Lil Wayne album. It’s what you expect from Lil Wayne, where he’s at creatively.
“It’s almost like where Outkast was when they made Aquemini,” he continued. “It’s still a rap album, but was it really a rap album compared to all the other rap albums at that time? André Benjamin was evolving artistically to where he’s at now — Wayne is doing the same thing, and he’s not afraid to show you his growth. It’s one thing we respect about him, and we feel it’s something that everybody else should respect about him … hes shows no fear. To put himself out there, you’re watching someone as they progress in their career.
“He paid his dues, he put out a million mixtapes and he put out classic albums … Rebirth is going to be another classic album,” he added.
So don’t worry! After all, stars who have had solid catalogs never make missteps… right? (Insert your own “funny” contextual link here.)
Lil Wayne Producers Cool & Dre Talk “Rebirth” [MTV]
(Where did Aquemini go, anyway? Miss that guy.)