When Lil' Wayne's multi-platinum album The Carter III was released this year to both critical and commercial fanfare, fans and press alike hailed tracks such as Dr Carter, Shoot Me Down and Let The Beat Build. One track that I feel was overlooked was Weezy's latest collaboration with R&B singer Robin Thicke. A pair who have a history of creating great music together, their latest effort more than stands up to the high standards set by Carter II favourite Shooter.
"Tie My Hands" - Lil' Wayne featuring Robin Thicke (Taken From The Carter III)
The song's subject matter, Hurricane Katrina and it's impact on Wayne's hometown of New Orleans, is hardly fresh ground, but Robin Thicke's haunting but soulful vocals and Weezy's poignant bars lift this track above those that have come before it. The song's tone is ultimately optomistic, suggesting that the city will one day rise again in spite of it's apparent condemnation by those who might have done something to save it. Great production by Kanye West whose beats on this album re-established his status as a top producer of this decade. To me this is one of 2008's finest tracks, Hip-Hop or otherwise, and I hope that history will remember it as being a highlight of Wayne's thus far biggest-selling album. It captures the zeitgeist of the disillusioned but hopeful masses of New Orleans, the USA and the rest of the world with spell-binding accuracy.
"First came the hurricane, then the morning sun..." ( c ) Lil' Wayne