Lil Wayne f/ Rick Ross “John (If I Die)” (2011)
Album: Tha Carter IV
Producer: Polow Da Don
Label: Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Motown
David Banner: “It reminds me so much of that period of music when I first got on. Like the first time you heard Tip over a Lil Jon beat or the first time I heard Eminem on the ‘Lean Back (Remix),’ to hear somebody on a beat like that. People get mad when I say this, but my music was designed to make people fight. Whether it’s fight for the person you love, fight for revolution, fight for your soul, just fight.
“Erykah Badu said something that was so powerful. She said, ‘I want you to get mad about something.’ Everybody’s so content about being in front of the Internet, and being in front of their computer, and they’re cool. They’re not fighting for their existence or the will to want to live. And that’s what that Wayne and Ross record is, it’s aggressive. And they’re still spitting. It’s a cross between what people want and what they need. And then the fact that I heard it early. I heard that song a couple months ago when Wayne played it for me in the studio.”