By Hillary Crosley, with reporting by Jayson Rodriguez
On Sunday (November 14), the dreams of many RapFix fans were realized—Lil Wayne was in the studio recording new music.
“Nino Brown aka @liltunechi Got His First Song Since Rikers Coming To Yall Soon,” Scoob tweeted. “Just Think A 2010 Version Of A Milli,” he tweeted. “But On [Steroids].”
A new “A Milli”? On steroids? Since the Young Money Cash Money captain is moving onto a fresh version of his classic track, RapFix figured it’d be a great time to reflect on the architect of one of Lil Wayne’s most popular tracks. So popular in fact that the video for the song is literally the rapper walking through … the set of another video.
Earlier this year, Shondrae “Bangladesh” Crawford, the producer behind “A Milli,” sat down with MTV News and reflected on his hottest beat to-date.
“When I made it, I knew it was an important track. I didn’t know it was gonna be as big as it was,” Bangladesh said in August. “I knew it was for Wayne. I had plenty of people wanting to purchase the beat, but they wasn’t worthy enough. Even if they was worthy, until I let Wayne hear it, I couldn’t move to nobody else.”
Bang says that he held onto the song for quite a bit of time, but released it when he felt the time was right.
“I had that beat for two years, just holding it. If you look at my career from ’What’s Your Fantasy’ to ’A Milli,’ it’s kind of the same element of music,” said Bang. “Four or five sounds in the beat. Simplicity. Those are the things I’ve learned since being in the industry.”
Beyoncé’s “Diva,” Ludacris’ “What’s Your Fantasy?,” Beyoncé and Lady Gaga’s “Video Phone,” Kelis’ “I’m Bossy” as well as Mario’s “Breakup” featuring Gucci Mane are also part of Bang’s résumé.
Now, since Lil Wayne has had a significant amount of life experience (eight months at Rikers Island, several new children) since recording “A Milli,” we ask you RapFix readers—what do you think Lil Wayne’s new song really sounds like?
Tweet us at @MTVRapFix or tell us in a comment below!