By Erika Ramirez
The moment we’ve all been waiting for has arrived.
On Tuesday (December 14), Hot 97’s Funkmaster Flex premiered Young Money president, Lil Wayne’s new track, “6 Foot 7 Foot.” For “6 Foot 7 Foot” Weezy recruits one of his Young Money soldiers, Cory Gunz, and reunites with “A Milli” producer, Bangladesh. Who can go wrong? Lil Wayne jumped on Shade 45 a few hours before to confirm “6 Foot 7 Foot” as the first single off Tha Carter IV.
The word on Twitter is that “6 Foot 7 Foot” ” is reminiscent of one of Weezy’s best, also mentioned above, “A Milli.” After seeing such commentary, RapFix turned to a few experts for their thoughts on Lil Wayne’s first single.
“When I first heard all the talk about Mack Maine saying ’ ’6 Foot 7 Foot’ ’ is like ’A Milli’ on steroids, I was quick to dismiss it as hyperbole,” Alvin Blanco, music journalist for AOL, VIBE, XXL, and others, said. “Only time will tell if that distinction is worthy but judging by how many times I’ve hit ’repeat’ while listening to the song, Maine wasn’t all that off.”
“This is how you follow up a jail sentence,” John Kennedy, Music Editor of VIBE magazine, said. “We’ve seen Wayne venture into lots of different styles and sounds — from the ultra-glitzy ’Lollipop’ to Rebirth’s rock star vibe — but taking it back to hard rhymes over a bouncy sparse instrumental is a great way to give fans a glimpse of the same ol’ Weezy.”
HipHopDX.com’s media director Kathy Iandoli is excited for another reason.
“Lil Wayne sounds so much better when he’s sober,” Iandoli said. “I can be totally wrong and he might’ve sizzurped right before he stepped into the booth to make this track but after Rikers, Weezy’s rhymes are so much more coherent.”
Others were impressed by Young Money upstart Cory Gunz, who was also included on the initial version of Wayne’s “A Milli” but didn’t make the final cut.
“I’m happy to say that unlike Shyne or T.I. jail did not deteriorate Wayne’s rapping skills,” Insanul Ahmed, journalist for Complex and VIBE, said. “Secondly, the record is being promoted as ’ ’A Milli’ on steroids’ and from the first listen, that’s not a bad comparison. But sorry Cory Gunz, you [might] get played out again. If this song does pop off — which it just might — I’m hoping Gunz doesn’t get [removed] like he did with his verse on the original ’A Milli.’ ”
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