MP3: Lil Wayne's "Dear Anne (Stan Pt. 2)" Eerie With Swizz Beatz and t.A.T.u's Help
Disturbing music isn't always a blunt steel beam to the face. Even if Nine Inch Nails' "Heresy" packs the "If there is a hell, I'll see you there" line, the most fucked-up song Trent Reznor can ever hope to release is the (mostly) ever-so-quiet "Hurt." So while Tyler the Creator's "Yonkers" is brusque and strident, that is the only possible way it can be consumed.
Obviously, Swizz Beats can take a load of credit for piecing together the spooky musical backdrop for Weezy, but the original song that it comes from had the stuff of Dido's nightmares in it. Even without the Heathers-conjuring video, Russian pop duo t.A.T.u packs all of the desperation and obsession that a pop song can handle in "30 Minutes." After Katy Perry's repurposing of "All the Things She Said" on "E.T.," this is getting around!
Now, we're in the right mood to drop Lil Wayne's "sequel" on you. That is, unless a relisten to "I Feel Like Dying" is in order first. "Dear Anne (Stan Pt. 2)" starts with a bit of scene-setting: "With my pen in my right hand, and that's also my mic hand/Codeine in the Sprite can, ink on the white pad." And whether Weezy is on a tour bus or in a prison cell, whether he's literally writing down his thoughts or in some sort of hazy, possibly masturbatory ("Let me switch hands") dreams, the desire for a connection -- be it with a person or a chemical substance -- coats this track thick. "Sometimes I wish I wasn't him, but I am" are the words of someone who has ceded control of his being to another force. You can decide what he's talking about.
Download: Lil Wayne "Dear Anne (Stan Pt. 2)," produced by Swizz Beatz [2dopeboyz]