I don't know about y'all, but these past few months I've been praying to the hip-hop gods that installment number four in Lil Wayne's Carter saga will be every bit as brilliantly insane as its predecessor. While 6'7” was a tantalizingly weird start, I've been waiting for a follow-up to really get my hopes up. Well, single number two has arrived in the form of If I Die TodayJohn. Morbid lyrical fantasies are always a good look for Weezy (though his therapist might disagree), and here we have them in spades; over a street-ready Polow Da Don beat renovated from its original appearance on Rick Ross' I'm Not a Star, Tunechi mixes reflections on his demise with luxurious stunting and plenty of oddball lines (including my pick for Least Expected Reference of the Week: “I got that Esther, b*tch I'm Redd Foxx”). Ross himself contributes a characteristically high-rolling middle verse, as well as trading lines with Wayne on the hook. Die Today is far-out, to be sure, but is its debt to the Teflon Don inclusion a handicap? Whether or not you think it bodes well for the project, you won't want to miss out on the cultural event that will be Tha Carter IV, coming this spring.
Freddie Gibbs, Saweetie & Earl Sweatshirt: Best of the Week
Freddie Gibbs, Saweetie, and Earl Sweatshirt, among others, had the best new songs on Audiomack this week.