Monday, August 29, 2011

Track Check: Birdman & Lil Wayne "Stuntin' Like My Daddy"

A little boy needs Daddy for many, many things:
Like holding him high off the ground, where the sunlight sings!

I am a general in the military and that means that sometimes I gotta take a bullet for my country. In this case my country is hip hop and the bullet is the song Stuntin' Like My Daddy  by Birdman and Lil Wayne. I've got a lot to say about this track so I'm going to break it down to the very last compound. We're going CSI on this piece...Battalion, TEN HUT!


Fathers wipe the tears of your broken heart
And they hold your hand when you don't know how to start
Lil Wayne is extremely well known in all music circles as "the best rapper ever". I strongly disagree with this statement but I can understand where it's coming from. Lil Wayne is clever with his wordplay and he's got incredible punchlines and he hails from an underrepresented part of the country that really demands that a good rapper to represent it. He's established a very unique flow and sound that gives him almost complete freedom on any track (which he takes full advantage of). He's very popular and unavoidable. I've found Wayne to be insubstantial in general (unless you like to hear about money) and somewhat unbearable. I don't really mind him but I don't listen to him. I've found that when he comes in on a non-Cash Money collaboration song, the track tends to stop dead as soon as I hear his voice. He's like some sort of emergency break. Now thats probably the fault of producers who don't know how to handle him, but still...I hate that.  Plus, he's a pretty shallow rapper and a lot of his clever punchlines are pretty corny when you think about them, but he makes a lot of sound effects with his mouth which is cool. Okay, so now that I've lost all of my readers with str8 hatin', let's move on to Birdman who is way worse on the mic but makes bird sounds.

Birdman founded Cash Money records many, many years ago and took on Lil Wayne at the young age of 11. One of his nicknames is B-32, which is honestly one of my favorite rap aliases ever because wtf?. His favorite rap topics include guns, having money, getting money, bird sounds, and women, and he rarely goes off topic. I guess he does have something to brag about, he is like the fifth richest rapper of all time - but who wants to hear about that in every fucking verse of every fucking song? Nobody.

Also these guys have a devoted fan base, have sold a ton of records, and have both won a Grammy (you care, I know it). Also, when Lil Wayne drops anything, everyone knows.

BFF Pals
Even though Birdman and Wayne often work together, Like Father, Like Son is their first "duet" (their words, not mine, I would never call anything a duet). The album overall was well received by fans and critics and sold like a billion copies. This song was a single off of the album.

"Stuntin' Like My Daddy" (Air Horn!!!)

I've asked this before, but I'll ask it again at every opportunity that I get: What the hell is with Wayne calling Birdman his Daddy? I mean it's weird for one grown man to call another man daddy, especially in hip hop. I mean WWTTFFF? This is the edge, right? It's like you're walking along and everything is normal, then you get to come to a weird edge and beyond is this type of shit. Friends or business associates calling each other daddy. Think about it. These guys are probably friends (which is great I guess), in some ways Birdman is Lil Wayne's boss and mentor, and then Lill Wayne calls him daddy a million times on record. WEIRD! AND that's just the title. I hate it. Also, is there a Big Wayne? Would that be Birdman? Big Wayne Birdman? BWB? BWB-32! "You lost me there"-You.

I'm a professional reviewer and all I can say is that this is just a typical Cash Money beat. It's got all the elements that fans of Cash Money music have come to love. You know what I'm talking about. Actually, it's a bit more catchy than a lot of the songs on this album (yeah, I listened to the whole thing...I HAD TO for work, this shit doesn't listen to itself). But I would in no way call it "good" or "tolerable", it's terrible but also expected.

Okay here are the lyrics for the extremely odd chorus

(Wayne 's words in Black, Birdman in Green):

Vrooom! On A Yamaha.
Chromed Out Eleven-Hundred
What I'm Doing? Getting Money.
What We Doing? Getting Money.
What They Doing? Hating on us.
But They Neva Cross. Cash Money still a company
and Bitch I'm The Boss.
And I Be Stuntin' Like My Daddy, Stuntin' Like My Daddy, Stuntin' Like My Daddy, I Be Stuntin' Like My Daddy

I'm The Young Stunna,
Stuntin' Like My Daddy Stuntin' Like My Daddy, I Be Stuntin' Like My Daddy

Believe it or not, the back-and-forth is actually good. That is until Birdman points out that Cash Money is "still a company". What? Was it not a company at some point? Was it in receivership (what is receivership)? Whatever. This is still a blog.

So they are pointing out that Wayne and B-32 are "getting money" and that's fine. At the same time "they" are "hating" which is also fine. But, in response to the hate, Birdman says that although they're hating, they "neva cross". Why? Because Cash Money is still a company, and Lil Wayne is the boss. I would argue that haters don't cross because they don't care. For example, there are a ton of companies that I hate (all the record companies for one) but the fact that they're a company (or still a company) doesn't make me hate them less or dissuade me from hating at all. In fact, let's say I hated Taco Bell (I don't), I probably wouldn't cross them, I would just avoid them. I don't even know what I'm talking about...and why is Wayne calling himself the boss? Birdman is a co-founder dude, you were hired when you were eleven (bird sounds).

Then the whole "young stunna" thing and the repeating of the title a hundred times. It's just odd. It's an odd combination of words. Imagine walking down the street singing this over and over: "I be stuntin' like my daddy"'d be mocked and jumped. Nobody would put up with that dumb shit in any neighborhood...even affluent ones.

The greatest gift I ever had
Came from God - I call him Dad!
Well, if Lil Wayne is known for his clever punchlines, he isn't pleasing his fans here. He's got a few, but they're few a far between. He's got nothing for this track. Birdman is even weaker.

    A Fathers Love is in Fun Times Together, Camping under the Trees, Enjoying a picnic, and Walking through the Leaves...
Wayne comes to bat on the first verse and what the hell is he talking about? Getting paid, being rich, murdering his adversaries, being from a bad part of town, and taking your girl. Of course! The only clever line is "It ain't my birthday, but I got my name on the cake"...but that's money related and WE GET IT!

The second verse goes to Birdman who raps about (surprise) Money. $! It's a lot of that. "Spend 50 On A Caddy, 25 On The Pinky". Honestly, who cares? We get it okay? Money! I'm not even hating for the money thing, I'm hating for the bragging. It's a whole verse of this trash. It's just boring and boring to hear about. Boring! And I can't relate. I got $0.00 on my pinky.

Okay, the final verse goes back to Wayne and what do we have this time? Actually, let's try to answer the main question of this song: how is Lil Wayne like his daddy? Well, he basically rhymes the exact same verse as his daddy. They're saying the same thing. They both get and spend money! Great. Just a nice song. Like father like son. One of those established classics.

Final Verdict
This is vintage Cash Money, and by that I mean it's terrible. How does this shit sell? Vrooom!

"A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty." 

Score: 0/10

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