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SOTD: Famous

When I first wrote about Tha Carter V on this blog, I mentioned how I liked a track called Famous because it featured Wayne and his first-born daughter, Reginae Carter.

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[Chorus: Reginae Carter]
Welcome to your name in lights
All the lighters in the sky (yeah)
You must be famous
This is how you live your life, different city every night (yeah)
You must be famous, famous

[Verse 1: Lil Wayne]
I'ma be on the TV, mama, Pac voice
People point at me, say, "Oh my God"
They got a point
Tried to blow my nose and blew my mind
It's mind-blowing
And gold diggers dig until they find oil
And I'm sittin' here reading what was written 'bout what I do, what I didn't
I ruined relationships before my image, but
All I ever wanted was everybody's attention
'Cause most people are nobody 'til somebody kill 'em
Probably thought that my career be short and sweet

Wishin' I was in your shoes, I'd take them off and find a beach
And superstars don't sparkle, we high-beam
And you can't spell fame, without me
And may my Hall of Fame speech be short and sweet
Like, "Thank God, fuck fame, and thank me"
'Cause superstars don't sparkle, superstars beam
I was your main man, 'til I went mainstream
I'ma be on the TV, mama

[Chorus: Reginae Carter & Lil Wayne]
Welcome to your name in lights (woo!)
All the lighters in the sky (I must be famous)
You must be famous (yeah, oh my God I must be famous)
This is how you live your life (yeah)
Different city every night (I must be famous)
You must be famous, famous

[Verse 2: Lil Wayne]
Rich and famous, it's better to be rich and famous
Message to my lawyer: "Don't let me make these bitches famous"
You know entertainers, sex, drugs and entertainment get so instantaneous
Simultaneous, miscellaneous, party long and hard
And pray death is quick and painless
Livin' in the spotlight, twistin' life up when it's blinking
I'm never alone
I got my demons and my angels
Can't talk to myself, 'cause mama said don't talk to strangers
Relatives; ain't seen 'em since the grass been greener
And some people say I changed but they can't hear me jingle
I want Tina and Nancy, I get Nancy and Tina
Never question myself, unless I ask, "Am I dreamin'?"
The fan mail and subpoenas, jail cells to arenas
Car wash to the cleaners, Walmart to Neiman's

They told me time would tell
I told time to kiss my ass
And I heard, "Can you look this way? Can you look this way?"
Flash! I must be famous

[Chorus: Reginae Carter & Lil Wayne]
Welcome to your name in lights (yeah!)
All the lighters in the sky (you must be famous)
You must be famous (I'ma be on the TV, mama!)
This is how you live your life (yeah, yeah)
Different city every night (oh my God, I must be famous)
You must be famous, famous

[Refrain]
You probably thought that my career, be short and sweet
You wish that I was in your shoes, I'd take them off 'cause life's a beach
And superstars don't sparkle, we shine deep
And you can't spell fame, without me
And may my Hall of Fame speech be short and sweet
Like, "Thank God, fuck fame, and thank me"
'Cause superstars don't twinkle, superstars gleam
I was your main man, 'til I went mainstream
I'ma be on the TV, mama

[Chorus: Reginae Carter & Lil Wayne]
Welcome to your name in lights
All the lighters in the sky (oh my God, I must be famous)
You must be famous (oh my God, I must be famous)
This is how you live your life
Different city every night (oh my God, I must be famous)
You must be famous, famous

[Outro: Lil Wayne]
I'ma be on the TV, mama
Kiss my motherfuckin' ass

What I like most about this song is that it sounds both old and new. It reminds me of Tha Carter II in ways, but the chorus means so much more because it is his own daughter singing to him. I also enjoy the allusions to Kanye West, who, has a song of the same title on his Pablo album. He also references Kanye with the lines, “Ima get on this TV mama,” which alludes to School Spirit, a track off Kanye’s The College Dropout.

Wayne also references again the line, “...most people are nobody til somebody kill em.” He’s said this in Tha Carter III’s Playing With Fire. Not that that is the place of origin for those lyrics, but either way, it’s Wayne referencing himself from my favorite Carter album. I do think more about this line now because this album, Carter V, essentially opens with XXXTentacion’s feature on Don’t Cry. How can Wayne say “you’re nobody til somebody kills you,” and feature the late X on the top of his album? Obviously he is an X fan, or else he wouldn’t have him on the album, but it just seems insensitive. I wonder if other people will feel that way, too.

All in all, I love this track and am still really into the project as a whole. It’s great that it’s such a long project too, because people won’t “get sick of it” or move onto the next project so quickly. I personally think Kanye considered that and moved YAHNDI’s release date back to Black Friday to get more light. Kanye even said (back when he was dropping YAHNDI the day after Carter V) that he’s fine being #2 because Lil Wayne’s project is going to be #1. Either way, I can’t wait for more Ye. I hope it doesn’t make me hate him.

kk