Lil Wayne won our hearts with his endless stream of ludicrously garbled mix-tape tracks, not his middling studio fare, so we were hesitant to embrace “Lollipop,” the first single off the chronically delayed The Carter III. God, we’re so stupid. Wayne borrows T-Pain’s vocoder, dumps all pretense of subtlety (“she wanna lick the wrapper”), and does smoothed-out “club rap” in full cracked-genius mode. And holy crap, the video: Wayne parties with the Maloofs, croons like Teddy Pendergrass on the mike stand, and, oh, yes, straight rips a guitar solo, on top of a moving limo, under the Vegas lights.
The Carter III (forthcoming)