News: Lil Wayne Recruits Cool & Dre For "Rebirth," "It's Still A Rap Album"
Tuesday, Apr 28, 2009 3:20PM
Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne has tagged producers Cool & Dre for his upcoming album The Rebirth which they claim reflects the early sounds of Outkast.
Speaking on the misconception behind the album being completely rock-based, Dre discussed Weezy's growth as an emcee.
"The best way to describe the Rebirth record is that it's a Lil Wayne record," Dre said. "It's where Lil Wayne is right now in his life and career...Yeah, there's some rock records on there, but there's also some records where he's rapping...It's almost like where Outkast was when they made Aquemini. It's still a rap album, but was it really a rap album compared to all the other rap albums at that time? Andre Benjamin was evolving artistically to where he's at now, Wayne is doing the same thing, and he's not afraid to show you his growth. It's one thing we respect about him, and we feel it's something that everybody else should respect about him." (MTV)
While Wayne has been seen promoting his upcoming album via appearances on shows like "The View," the project has reportedly been pushed back to the end of June.
Lil Wayne's rock-inspired album Rebirth once again has been delayed. After being pushed back from June 9 to June 16, the record is now targeted to hit U.S. market on June 23. With the new release date, Weezy's new effort will no longer face off Ashley Tisdale's sophomore set Guilty Pleasure. Instead, it will go head-to-head with LeToya Luckett's next installment Lady Love. However, the newest date is yet to be confirmed by the rapper's label. And, rumor swirls that another pushback may be set again for the record. (Ace Showbiz)
Despite the latest release date, there are also reports of Wayne's album being shelved by Universal Motown.
Universal big wigs are cautious of the rock album release considering the first single from the project, "Prom Queen", dropped in January but only reached No. 15 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. Lil Wayne's manager Cortez Bryant has allegedly been advised against letting the star press ahead with the project. A source says, "If Wayne doesn't brighten up, they have to turn into Mr. Evil Record Company and just tell him it's never going to be released." (Examiner)
Weezy recently hinted at what concepts will be found on Rebirth.
"The fans should expect from the new album, more electricity, more more more power, more everything, more me," Wayne explained. "But different edge of course, it's really different from what they've been used to but, it's still me at the end of the day. The influence of the new album is mainly rock, but again, it's me. So I guess, I guess I'll call it my rock. Yeah." (Soundcheck)