Lil Wayne is one of the most iconic rappers in history, having revolutionized the genre with his unique style, complex wordplay and innovative use of autotune.
He has released numerous hit songs throughout his career, and we’ve selected some of the best for you to listen to below.
1. A Milli
One of the standout tracks from Lil Wayne’s 2008 album Tha Carter III, “A Milli” is an uptempo rap song that boasts about a rapper’s wealth and success. It also references real-life events, pop culture references, as well as controversial topics such as cocaine use.
As a result, it was an instant classic and reached number six on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Additionally, it topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart as well. Certified 6x platinum by the RIAA with over 1.6 billion streams sold, this iconic track has become part of pop music history.
It’s the lead single from Tha Carter III and serves as an introduction to Weezy’s career. Featuring guest verses from Static Major and Jay Z, it’s a lively anthem that showcases his distinctive voice and style.
The lyricist also appeals to her fans for support, calling them “the motherfuckers,” while asserting that “it’s my job to make you feel better about yourself.” She sings, “Motherfucker, I’m sick/I’ll show you how to be strong like me/I’ll show you what it takes to be a great rapper.”
In the song’s video, Wayne issues ego-fueled taunts and declarations while rallying his friends to stand outside a rival’s house while they rap. It’s an unflinching rap, making it the ideal opening number for Tha Carter III.
You Still Here, Ho?, Flo Milli’s debut RCA Records album, will be released on July 22. She previously premiered the Tik Tok track “Conceited” on COLORS and now features an array of artists and production on this record – including iconic meme queen Tiffany Pollard for an intro/outro.
2. Get Em
Get Em is an engaging video game that puts you in the shoes of a cute pup. It is a 3D action-packed, first of its kind mobile free roaming video that will put a grin on anyone who has ever enjoyed playing a canine character. Along the way you’ll have to make tough decisions and navigate your way through city in missions tailored specifically for your chosen character – such as being a superhero crime fighting canine!
First and foremost, this game boasts some of the coolest graphics you will find on a mobile device. It has features such as multi-screen play area, unique twist on side-on multiplayer gameplay, and first of its kind open world style gameplay. With stunning 3D visuals and well-executed animation that will keep you hooked, this is one of the most enjoyable yet challenging mobile gaming experiences you can have on your phone or tablet. You will be rewarded with various game gizmos like that gizmo plus new characters to catch and super powers to unlock!
3. Love Me
Love Me is Lil Wayne’s highest-charting song, yet it has its share of issues. While it serves as an uptempo salute to his many fans, some critics have labeled the track one of the most misogynistic rap tracks ever. If we can look past its slight sexism, there is much to appreciate about this track.
The music video also boasts some impressive tricks, like the most brilliantly lit drum set ever seen in a music video. Best of all, it was all shot on one day! There are various shots from backstage rehearsals leading up to the big show.
It may be the first time a rapper has had the chance to shoot video in front of an audience, providing Wayne with an opportunity for experimentation with cameras that has produced some memorable moments in his career thus far.
Additionally, this track was masterminded by some of the industry’s biggest names and featured on several notable albums like Drake’s platinum-selling Views. Thus, it has become the heir to Drake’s legacy and promises to remain relevant for years to come.
Love Me is Lil Wayne’s best song to date and one of his most entertaining. Whether or not it will continue to gain steam over the coming months remains to be seen, but if we can look past its shortcomings, there’s plenty to love about this track.
4. 6 Foot 7 Foot
Lil Wayne’s latest banger “6 Foot 7 Foot” is another example of his innovative, free-associative lyrical genius. The Hype Williams-directed visual takes inspiration from Inception and provides viewers with a captivating viewing experience.
Given Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter IV” album is due for release in two and a half months, it may come as a shock that his first single since being released from prison has been delayed until now. But thankfully for us, the Bangladesh-produced track leaked early December and now we finally get our first look at it through Hype Williams’ stunning video.
With this track, Wayne and his Young Money alums showcase some of their best work yet. The beat itself is an infectious trap hit that features some of Wayne’s smoothest bars and catchiest melodies yet.
Although I find the track a bit too long for my tastes, it offers an interesting take on classic genre music. Additionally, Wayne seems to have some genuine tender moments in him which have not always been evident before.
Although not perfect, Funeral is one of the better songs released recently from this artist. It manages to be more heartfelt and introspective than what had already been on Tha Carter V, making for an engaging listen.
Unfortunately, this track and much of Funeral suffer from the same issue that plagues so many hip-hop albums: while a few good songs help keep things interesting, the shadow of some truly awful tracks looms large over the record, making for an exhausting journey through it.
5. God Bless America
Hip-hop fans are sure to recognize the iconic song “God Bless America,” but you may not know much about its history. Written in 1918 for Yip, Yip, Yaphank — a soldier-centric musical revue at Camp Upton on Long Island near Yaphank — this iconic tune has endured through generations.
The song’s words expressed the wish of Berlin’s mother, who often asked God to “bless this country.” Despite its dark context during the Great Depression, it carried a message of hope and gratitude for a country which would shield them from wars and other troubles. Eventually, it became an iconic anthem for those who longed for such a protection from harms.
As the song gained notoriety, it sparked a national conversation about whether America was truly an idyllic place to live. Many found the message too optimistic, leading to an upsurge in anti-Semitism during World War II.
Smith was the pioneer of this song, performing it at her radio show in 1939. Following Kristallnacht – a Nazi massacre of Jews during a German holiday – Smith played the song during her broadcasts to raise money for war bonds.
As the United States entered World War II, this song continued to be sung. Unfortunately, it failed to become a universal anthem and prompted widespread anti-Semitic outcries from those who believed it as an impetus for America to join in on Germany’s battle.
Ultimately, however, the song would go on to become one of America’s iconic melodies. Its iconic status stems from its numerous uses over time – from 1940s and ’50s when striking garment and subway workers sang it as a protest against racial segregation to 9/11 when it served as a symbol of strength and resilience.