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The 100 Best Lil Wayne Songs

28. Lil Wayne "Upgrade" (2007)

Producer: Swizz Beatz
Album: Da Drought 3
Label: Young Money

Though Beyonce might have the legal claim to Swizzy's beat for "Upgrade U," this Drought 3 freestyle makes it feel like it couldn't have been crafted for anybody but Wayne. He frantically shifts the timbre of his voice and makes his trademark lunatic genius style leaps of connectivity like comparing the synth horns to the Rocky Theme and then sending a rest in peace shout out to the late Apollo Creed. He also tells of having "just signed a chick named Nicki Mi-naj," who was then a relative unknown, and the boast feels both quaint and prophetic in light of her meteoric rise.

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