OK, so Kanye West has had a change of heart — there will be one rapper on his upcoming Graduation LP after all. Lil Wayne has made the final cut and will appear on a track called "Barry Bonds," Roc-A-Fella/ Def Jam confirmed Tuesday (August 14).
Bonds — Major League Baseball's controversial, newly crowned home-run king — is apparently a metaphor for how big West thinks the record will be. The chorus goes, "Here's another hit, Barry Bonds."
As he's been doing on "Can't Tell Me Nothing," its remix and "Stronger," West uses "Barry Bonds" in part to proclaim his continued evolution as one of the top lyricists in the game.
"You should go 'head and bow so hard that you knees hit your fo'head," he raps over slow synths. "And the flow just hit code red/ Top five MCs, you ain't gotta remind me/ Top five MCs, you gotta rewind me/ I'm high up on the line, you could get in behind me/ But my head's so big, you can't sit behind me."
Weezy F. Baby does his usual stylized guest-vocal spazz outs. "My teeth and my ice so white like Shay Day/ The ice in my teeth so reee-frig-er-ated/ I'm all about my Franklins, Lincolns and Reagans/ Whenever they make them."
"Barry Bonds" isn't the next official single from Graduation, however — that'll be "Good Life," which features singer T-Pain. Kanye samples Michael Jackson's "P.Y.T." and speaks up reveling and celebrating. Chris Martin of Coldplay has also been announced by Roc-A-Fella/ Def Jam as a collaborator on "Homecoming."
Graduation — despite some Internet rumors to the contrary — is still dropping September 11 and will face off against 50 Cent's Curtis LP (see "Kanye West And 50 Cent Set For Epic Battle: Both Releasing Albums On September 11").
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