The July/August 2011 issue of XXL comes out next week, but some newsstands have broken street date, giving us a peek at the Lil Wayne cover story by Shaheim Reid. In the magazine’s own preview of the story last month, Lil Wayne quipped that without an external deadline, his albums would never be done: “When [manager Cortez Bryant] call me and tell me and say, ‘You got such and such date is your deadline to stop,’ I be like, ‘Aight.’ ‘Cause I never stop recording, obviously. So it’s just on him to say, ‘Okay, stop. We’re gonna pick these songs, and that’s the album.’ That’s how we do it.”
A quote that surfaced today clarifies the issue:Tha Carter IV is being held up not by Weezy’s lack of a deadline, but by quality control. “I just don’t have the record. These n****s’ beats been sucking. I’m putting it out there: you producing, what y’all doing? Get right, man. Step it up. This is coming from a rapper. One of the best rappers. I ain’t saying I’m the best no more; because these n****s is too good these days. I got old. But damn, y’all n****s’ beats is terrible! [Chad Ochocinco walks into the room] These n****s’ beats sound like Ochocinco made them.”
The wide receiver and former VH1 star formerly known as Chad Johnson has many talents, but presumably beat-making isn’t one of them. We imagine Weezy isn’t looking for a Lil B-style flipped Imogen Heap sample, or anything else outré producers like Clams Casino might have to offer, so this is a shot across the bow for Bangladesh (“A Milli”), Jim Jonsin (“Lollipop”), Lex Luger (Waka Flocka Flame’s “Hard in the Paint”), and other hip-hop producers who make harder, more radio-ready rap beats. Of course, these beatmakers often find themselves pigeonholed like minor actors, contacted constantly for another beat just like the last one, and any producer tends to want to branch out and try new things (unless that producer’s name is Scott Storch). So it makes a weird kind of sense that Weezy would put an open call for beats in a magazine interview. Even still, harsh words!
Lil Wayne On C4 Beat Submissions: “Ya’ll N****s’ Beats Is Terrible” [You Heard That New, via Popdust]