5 THINGS LIL WAYNE NEEDS TO AVOID DOING ON HIS NEW ALBUM, 'DEVOL'
1. Do not—do not, do not, do not!—use a vocoder or Autotune on even one single song on Devol.
Don't you dare, Wayne! We know that you're going to be tempted to do it. But, if any of the songs included on Devol are actually "love songs," do us a favor and stay far, far away from the Vocoder and/or the Autotune software. It's played. It's tired. It's probably not going to sound good. And…yeah. It's just not what you should be doing right now. You had your time with voice-altering equipment in the past. Now, we'd suggest you stay away from it.
2. Don't make more than two songs that could be considered strip club anthems.
When we heard that Weezy was making "love songs," we automatically thought about him whispering sweet nothings into the Beats By Dre headphones of chicks who work at places like King of Diamonds in Miami. It's clear he loves jiggle joints. And while we're not necessarily saying he shouldn't express that love on Devol, we do think he should limit it to a song or two. Anything more is overkill and not really what we want to be hearing Wayne do at this point in his career.
3. Steer clear of writing any "love songs" dedicated to Karrine "Superhead" Steffans.
We all heard/loved "Prostitute." It was funny, charismatic, and even a little charming. That was back when Wayne could have sneezed on a record and made it fly up the charts. It was also reportedly about Wayne's relationship with "Superhead," which only made it that much more interesting. All of that said, we're kinda over the whole Wayne/Superhead thing. So, even though Wayne has said he'll always have a thing for Miss Steffans, we hope there aren't any weird "love songs" dedicated to her on Devol. Plus, isn't there another lovely lady in your life now, Wayne?!
4. Try to avoid putting together a crappy YMCMB posse cut just for the sake of showing your label some "love."
If Drake and Nicki or Nicki and Tyga or even Tyga and Lil Twist make sense on a track together, great. But, what we don't want to hear is Wayne on a track with every single member of YMCMB (including Fred Durst!) doing some sort of "crew love" song. Save that for the next YMCMB compilation that's inevitably going to get put on the 2012 release schedule once the G.O.O.D. Music album drops. Or, better yet, find the right mix of YMCMB members to get on one single posse cut on Devol that fits into the concept of the record. Otherwise, spare us of having to sit through a 10-minute track about…nothing.
5. Write an awesome song about your relationship with hip-hop and get someone like DJ Premier to produce it.
Wouldn't this be something? Wayne's been in the game so long now that we want to hear him spit about his love/hate relationship with rapping. And, with his deep discography, we're sure someone like Premier could help him craft a well thought out song for hip-hop that'd sound great in the middle of Devol. Now, that is something we'd love.