Justin Timberlake isn’t the only one who plans to shift his musical style and take a shot at alternative rock. Lil’ Wayne, who once set out to be the best rapper alive, is now transitioning away from the hip hop genre and into the spotlight of rock and roll.
“Honestly? I don’t want to be the best rapper in the world,” Wayne told Rolling Stone in an upcoming cover story arriving on newsstands Friday. “If I have a rap album I’m dropping, then I want it to be the best rap album. But I want to be the best. Period.”
Lil’ Wayne explains that this extreme shift is taking place because the music that he needs to create in order to express himself and his lifestyle simply can’t be channeled through rap music any longer.
“The rock sh– just comes from what my life is now. I’ve grown into this person,” Wayne told the magazine. “I woke up one morning and had three or four women in my bed where I not only didn’t know their last names, I didn’t know the beginning letter of their first names. All I know is, they’re the most beautiful women in the world, and I was in my own place, in whatever city I was in. And I could have thrown a dart at the map, and I’d probably have a place there too. I knew my driver was waiting downstairs for me…I smelled food in the kitchen and I knew it was my chef. Then I look on my phone and see a message and know it’s from a popular woman everyone knows. And when I went in the studio that night, I couldn’t just rap.”
Two songs have surfaced from Lil’ Wayne’s much anticipated rock alums. The single “Prom Queen” and a song that appeared online called “Hot Revolver” are said to have heavy guitar riffs and an emo feel.