The most notable leak comes courtesy of Lil Wayne, whose "Dear Anne (Stan Pt. 2)," his sequel to Eminem's obsessive fan saga "Stan," hit the Internet. The Dido sample that paced Slim Shady's hit is gone, but Weezy keeps the fan-mail format intact over a foreboding toy piano melody. Whereas Eminem assumed the personality of a crazy and abusive fan for his track, this is more like Wayne delivering a personal testimonial to a fan named Anne, who may be Stan's daughter. According to MTV, this Swizz Beatz production was initially offered to Eminem, but Slim turned it down and Wayne claimed it for his own. Like most sequels though, the track is ultimately disappointing. "Dear Anne" won't wind up on Tha Carter IV; it's more likely landing on Swizz' own solo album Haute Living.
Then, there's Kanye West's "Mama's Boyfriend." The song was among the first West delivered a capella during his impromptu performance at the Facebook office. At one point, this near-Oedipal tale of a young Kanye being jealous of his mother's lovers was propelled by a sample of Billy Joel's "Movin' Out," but here any sign of the Piano Man is almost scrubbed away -- you can slightly make out the main riff under the soul sample and synths -- and replaced with a Q-Tip beat. (Q-Tip also produced our favorite G.O.O.D. Friday track "Chain Heavy," so we're not complaining.) Recorded during the My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy sessions but not up to the rest of that album's ilk, and mysteriously absent from the G.O.O.D. Friday series, "Mama's Boyfriend" emerged yesterday out of nowhere. This should hopefully hold some fans over until Watch the Throne.
Last, and certainly not least, is "Nasty," the first single off Nas' new album Life Is Good. For almost two decades now, we've been hoping that Nas returned to his Illmatic peak after trying to go pop, and "Nasty" is the closest to that classic sound we've heard from the rapper in a while. Whatever momentum Nas picked up with his appearance on the Beastie Boys' "Too Many Rappers," he brings to this track. Nas just rides a smooth, chorus-less old school beat by his frequent collaborator Salaam Remi. No tricks, just Nas' flow at its best. Lyrically, it's an improvement over Nas' recent work as well; while he's still rapping too much about his personal wealth, he does revisit those blacktop tales from Queensbridge that made him a rising star in the hip-hop world in the first place.
- Kanye West
- Lil Wayne