“6 Foot, 7 Foot” Is Lil’ Wayne’s Best Song
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Lil’ Wayne is one of the greatest rappers of our generation. In 20 or 30 years, when I’m an old head and asking kids, “What you know about that Lil Uzi Vert, boy?” I firmly believe Weezy will be regarded as one of the GOATS. There was that one run he had where everything he touched was fuego. Then there was that other run where he hopped on literally everyone’s tracks and it was, uh…something. Regardless, New Orleans’ greatest son blessed us with legendary bar after legendary bar over the years. Tha Carter III alone has more hits than some rappers get in their entire lives. But the song that sits alone atop all Mount Weezy is a track from The Carter IV, “6 Foot, 7 Foot”.
This, in my humble yet highly accurate opinion, is Wayne’s best spitting. I will brook no arguments. The song was released more than 6 years ago and it still knocks. I defy you find another song that still goes as hard 6 years post-release.
There are several reasons why “6 Foot, 7 Foot” is still a banger. They are, in descending order of importance:
The second you hear the snare hits and the “Day-O” sample, you immediately know what song it is. The song’s production is simple: It’s literally just a looped sample combined with a basic hip-hop drum kit. “A Milli” producer Bangladesh gives the song room to breathe which Wayne promptly takes advantage of by spitting some of the hottest sixteens of his career. The relatively sparse instrumentation allows the rapping to shine through. This is both a conscious choice as well as a reflection of hip-hop in 2010. Today, a producer can oftentimes be more important than the rapper and the beat can overshadow the bars. Bangladesh avoids the temptation to do too much and allows Wayne to sparkle.
If Lil’ Wayne didn’t have a feature on this track, it would still be one of his best songs. But the addition of Bronx rapper, Cory Gunz, puts the song over the top. Gunz absolutely bodies his verse; his rapping style a departure from Wayne’s but not so different that it’s jarring. It begins:
Word to my mama, I’m out of my lima bean
Don’t wanna see what that drama mean, guess I’m Dramamine
Llama scream, hotter than summer sun on a Ghana queen
Ok, so far, so good. Really good internal rhyme. But as his verse goes on, you kinda start to wish Weezy was still rapping. But then Cory Guns gets to the second half of his verse and decides to remind you who the eff he is. Stop reading this and go listen to it and then come back.
My mans SNAPPED on the second half of his verse, instantly bringing it from “pretty good” to “fueeeego”. A feature can either add to a song or drag it down. Cory Gunz helped propel this song into the stratosphere.
Rap music in general works like this: In a sixteen, most of the lines are pretty meh and there’s usually only like one or two lines that really jump out and grab you. Those lines that make you say, “Ohhhhh” when you hear them. When Wayne was at his peak, he was better than anyone at those “Ohhhhh” lines and on this song, it feels like every other line is an instant classic. It’s one of those songs I can not listen to for months and still know all the words as soon as I hear it again. The bars are instantly quotable and stick in your head.
I was in 11th grade when Tha Carter IV came out and I swear for about a month afterwards, I couldn’t scroll through Instagram without seeing selfies of white dudes captioned, “I think you stand under me if you don’t understand me” or pictures of girls pursing their lips with the caption, “So misunderstood but what’s the world without enigma?”
But the enduring legacy of “6 Foot, 7 Foot” will be that it had the greatest rap couplet of all time .
Paper chasing, tell that paper, “Look, I’m right behind ya”
Bitch, real G’s move in silence like lasagna
First of all, the setup line is actually very good. Wayne personifies the money he’s chasing so that he can tell it that he is, in fact, right behind it. Then he says the best line to ever be rapped.
I remember when I first heard it, I immediately had the mental picture of a large letter “G” moving through pan of lasagna. I thought it was a weird line but that was just Weezy and who cares because the song was fire. I was in a dressing room at the Atlanta Civic Center when my life was forever changed. I was in a play and me and some of the other cast members were talking about rap music when someone mentioned that line and was like, “Yeah, it’s because the ‘g’ in lasagna is silent.” In that moment, I was MrKrabsMeme.jpeg. My mind was blown. My life would literally never be the same again.
Anyways, the lyrics to this song are very good. There are like 12 “ohhhh” lines and that’s a very high “ohhhhh” line per song ratio.
The Sheer Weeziness of It All
Lil’ Wayne is a rapper unlike any other. He can say stuff that makes no sense and get away with it because he’s Weezy. My mans really said “Weezy F baby and the ‘F’ is for phenomenal” and we all gave him a pass.
There are many Extremely Weezy™ moments on this track there are two that stick out. The second-best Extremely Weezy™ moment of the song is when he rhymes “Tammy” with “Tammy”. Now, maybe I’m not the brightest guy in the world but it literally took me years to be like, “Yo. My mans rhymed a word WITH THAT SAME WORD.” Like, the song was so fire, that I subconsciously prevented myself from noticing. And even when I did notice, I didn’t care. Any other rapper does something like this, he gets slandered forever. With Wayne, it’s just like *shrug*
The best Extremely Weezy™ moment on “6 Foot, 7 Foot” comes in the fourth line of the song. The line ostensibly says, “You don’t want to start Weezy cuz the F is for finisher.” But in reality, it’s more like, “Yeeeeaaaooorrrn start Weezy cuz the F is for finisher.” I can think of nothing more Weezy-er than slurring together like 8 words into one mega-word that 100% works in the context of the song. Wayne really the GOAT.
In short, “6 Foot, 7 Foot” is Lil’ Wayne’s best song and if you disagree, feel free not to @ me.