Lil Wayne's Rock Direction: Love It Or Hate It?

By Steven Roberts

Lil Wayne's first rock single, "Prom Queen," hit the Web late last week, and it left our office in turmoil. Our rock editor, James Montgomery, compared Weezy F. Baby to Axl Rose, but in a snide and snarky kind of way. Our hip-hop editor, Shaheem Reid, said that Wayne is a much needed breath of fresh air to the world of rock. Senior producer, Joseph Patel, begged to be able to introduce Lil Wayne to some good rock music.. You guys — the fans — seemed to love it, and at the end of the day that's what counts.

Well, a second Lil Wayne rock record, "Hot Revolver," leaked to the Internet yesterday. As you might have guessed, we here at MTV News are pretty opinionated. Here's what we thought:

Field Producer Nick Neofitidis: "The truth is, I love everything Lil Wayne has put out in the last three years. Even when I think I have had enough of Weezy baby, it never really is — until now. Wayne, homie, my brother from another mutha, do us a huge favor: Stick to rapping, kid. If you want to do rock and roll, just rap over a rock beat. I'm thinking Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love' with T-Pain on the hook. How 'bout it?!"

Hip-Hop Editor Shaheem Reid: "I remember about a year ago, during the NBA All-Star weekend in New Orleans, Wayne told me that he going in a direction where his music was not going to have any boundaries. Carter III proved that he was on top of the rap game, and through a myriad of guest spots — specifically 'Can’t Believe It,' — he showed that singing was no problem (well, he showed that a little earlier when "Lollipop" went #1, but you get my drift). Now that he's going in the rock direction with Rebirth, I think it's important that his fans continue to support him. It's a beautiful thing that Weezy is using his popularity to open minds and blur the line of genres. Let's not forget, blacks played an overwhelmingly significant role in starting rock and roll until labels started to steal their music and concepts. Wayne is bringing the thing back full circle."

Production Assistant Alex Shapiro: "It was hard to like at first — with the bad taste of 'Prom Queen' in my mouth — but I liked it more and more with each listen. While I still don't think it's a good song, it at least gives the impression that the album will have a couple good tracks ... if it ever gets released."

Segment Producer Daniel Montalto: "If there was any doubt that Wayne has lost his mind before, 'Hot Revolver' has settled it — and we get to reap the rewards. The chorus doesn't appear to be a sample, but sounds exactly like the Cars, and the whole thing has a sorta Tommy James 'I Think We're Alone Now' kinda vibe ... And the shout-out to Green Day in the second line? AMAZING. Whatever Wayne's smoking, drinking, syruping these days — I WANT SOME."

Field Producer Akshay Bhansali: "Initially, I found this track absolutely absurd. From the Green Day opening line to the hook, laughter ensued. By lunchtime, it was on repeat. Blasted infectious pop music! It's a hard lesson to learn to never underestimate Wayne and his obvious deal with the devil."

Now that we've weighed in, let us know what you think!

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