Lil Wayne teamed up with his original recording producer ONHEL with the new track “Like a Man,” an uptempo beat that recently surfaced on SoundCloud.
ONHEL grounds Lil Wayne’s distinctive vocals in a beat that evokes Nineties vocal house. Over a string of synthesizers and a Crystal Waters-like arc, Lil Wayne raps with speed and distinction.
Wayne’s raps mainly take the form of lists, rapping about his goons, weapons and cars. As the track progresses, his rhymes become a little more whimsical: “Lil Tunechi off the wall, like Spider-Man/ Promethazine, cream soda and the Vicodin/ Like a man, I’ve been hard since a diaper then/ And ever since I been on Mars, I’ve been buyin’ land.”
Though Lil Wayne hasn’t released an official record since 2016’s Collegrove – a collaboration with two Chainz – he’s continued to be a constant presence on the radio stations and on SoundCloud. This year he has appeared on DJ Khaled’s Number One hit “I’m The One,” Nicki Minaj’s “No Frauds,” the remix of Gucci Mane and Drake’s “Both” and Ty Dolla $ign’s new song “Love U Better.” Lil Wayne also launched a four-song EP, In Tune We Trust, this summer.