Songs of the Week: Reports of Lil Wayne’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
Lil Wayne ft. 2 Chainz, “R.A.F.”
First things first: In a new video released to TMZ, Lil Wayne shows himself for the first time since his terrible seizure scare, says he’s “more than good,” and actually seems like he is. I mean this is a person we all thought might actually die a week ago, and now he’s eating lollipops and announcing tours and palling around with T.I.? He’s also totally indifferent about his new record I Am Not a Human Being 2 coming out (“my bum-ass album coming out March 26 … it’s 26? You’re gonna get that shit or you won’t. If not, it’s whatever”). Is it because it’s secretly a contractually mandated, mailed-in release? Is it because, as is necessitated by any brush with death, he’s had all his priorities radically transformed and now just wants to live and think and appreciate ladybugs? Or is it because he knows his last album, Tha Carter IV, sold nearly a million copies its first week despite not being very good, meaning our dude is at a point of lifelong, tween-based fame where he could release the pencil-scratch noises from the latest Trukfit zebra-print-hoodie design session and still move major units? Oh, also: above, his new, surprisingly kind of dope new single.
Savages, “She Will”
I could try to describe the deceptively simple power of newbie rockers Savages to you, or I could point you to their own bio, which goes a little something like this: “Savages is an attempt to … give you the urge to experience your life differently, your girlfriends, your husbands, your jobs, your erotic life and the place music occupies in your life … We must teach ourselves new ways of POSITIVE MANIPULATIONS, music and words are aiming to strike like lightning, like a punch in the face, a determination to understand the WILL and DESIRES of the self.” Got it? Good, good.
Shlohmo and Jeremih, “Bo Peep”
As Stereogum points out, this unlikely pairing — indie DJ hero Shlohmo on one side, R&B radio and birthday sex aficionado Jeremih on the other — comes to us via Yours Truly and Adidas’s “single series of sorts, called ‘Songs From Scratch,’ that pairs up simpatico vocalists and producers who might’ve never worked together otherwise.” The result here is fantastic, slick and sinister, and perfectly blunt. Topic for discussion: Is this the greatest thing Adidas has gifted us with since Sambas?
The Smiths, rehearsal
I admit I haven’t listened to all 39 minutes of this vintage Smiths rehearsal footage — which finds the band, in pre-prime, running through absolute smashes like “Hand In Glove” and “What Difference Does It Make” — and so I cannot tell you if it also includes Morrissey and Johnny Marr arguing about whether to get Yorkshire pudding for lunch for once, or if it’s gonna be goddamned toad-in-the-hole again.
Danny Brown, “Kush Coma”
Once again, Maniac Mister Danny Brown does it right: The chorus of a song called “Kush Coma” should be “Kush coma / I am in a kush coma” over and over. The only other acceptable iteration would just be the words “kush kush kush” over and over, and then the words “coma coma coma” over and over.
Robin Thicke, “Blurred Lines”
Everyone’s talking about some sort of simmering rivalry between JT 2.0 and Robin Thicke, who’s been holding us down with his winky blue-eyed-soul lover-man shtick the whole time Justin was gone. Me, I’m more interested in the everlasting rivalry between Robin and his dad, Alan. What’s Alan Thicke up to right now? I don’t know! I wanna know! (His website is meticulously updated.) Also: I LOL’d at the lyrics “I feel so lucky / You wanna hug me / What rhymes with hug me?”
Rihanna ft. Young Jeezy, Rick Ross, Juicy J, and T.I., “Pour It Up (Remix)”
It turns out, not that surprisingly, that RiRi’s one of those people who just loves to hear a bunch of dudes straight rappity rapping. Not mad about that at all.
White Fence, “Fragility”
Prolific psych rocker (and Ty Segall collaborator) Tim Presley records as White Fence, which is either a shout-out to the reverse-psychology talents of Young Tom Sawyer, a shout-out to the feared L.A. street gang of the same name, or a shout-out to the kind of simple but home-changing projects you can pull off after a quick visit to Ace Hardware.
Yasiin Bey, “The Light Is Not Afraid of the Dark”
As the former Mos Def explains, “This tune … is called ‘The Light Is Not Afraid of the Dark.’ It was meant to be on True Magic. But it didn’t end up on there. But it’s here now. Produced by my man Kanye West. You’re welcome. You’re all welcome. Turn up!” Related: Yes, even under hot-ass lights, Yasiin can pull off white-on-white.
Curren$y ft. Juvenile, “Bitch Get Up”
Step 1: Get on Curren$y’s “part-time manager at low-rent strip club” and Juvie’s “Malcolm X glasses” level. Step 2: Go have a fun weekend. The end.