Lil Wayne Reminds Rap Who Its Weirdo Is on NSFW “Off Day”

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 11.14.14 in News

Lil Wayne, it could fairly be said, is having an off day on his new song “Off Day.” But even if the track, which arrives ahead of the recently delayed The Carter V (now set for December 9, supposedly), isn’t Wayne in peak form, it’s still fascinating for how he’s achieved something of a rap singularity, a paradox to rip hip-hop’s space-time continuum.

It’s conventional wisdom by now that rising Atlanta eccentric Young Thug‘s sing-song style owes a debt to Weezy — the two even share a track on “Take Kare,” expected to appear on Cash Money’s upcoming Rich Gang 2 compilation — and another up-and-coming ATL oddball, iLoveMakonnen, got a boost from former Wayne protégé Drake. On “Off Day,” Wayne delivers a reminder of who the South’s rap weirdo really is, picking up hints of Young Thug’s flow while repeatedly crooning, a la iLoveMakonnen’s “Tuesday,” that he’s “in the club going up on a weekday.” The influencer is now the influenced, and audibly reveling in it.

The lyrical content is otherwise rather sexually explicit, as is Weezy’s wont, with a goofy part where he yelps that he’s “coming.” Young Money signee Flow gleefully joins in, with a playful opening line about a woman “named Vanessa/ She like how I finesse-a” and an oral sex-based reference to Lent. Producer X Fyle’s ominous production mainly stays in the background, and Wayne also reprise the end-lines-with-”yeah” flow of his long-ago Juvenile collaboration “Back That Azz Up,” for some reason.

It’s not “D’usse” or “Gotti,” to name other potential The Carter V tracks that go a little harder lyrically, but what do you expect from what’s basically a scatalogical cartoon? Above all, “Off Day” shows how when it comes to influence, Lil Wayne is the center of his own strange universe. Even on an off day.