The Bottom Line
Despite Lil Wayne's status as one of the game's most ubiquitous voices, he isn't exactly inventing anything here with "Lollipop"'s candy-as-sexual-innuendo analogy.
- Catchy, synth-heavy production
- "Lollipop" is the lead single from Tha Carter III
- Produced by Jim Jonsin
- Features the singer Steve "Static Major" Garrett who died shortly after the collaboration
Guide Review - Lil Wayne - "Lollipop" (featuring Static Major)
For an artist who subtly thrives in the shadow of another well-known rapper, it should come as no surprise that the idea for "Lollipop" is far from original. Think of Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" as a sonic rendezvous between Britney's "Piece of Me" and Snoop's "Sensual Seduction," with Roger Troutman as the liaison.
Wayne often disguises his deficiencies as a lyricist by relying on funny accents and weird phrases. But on "Lollipop" he doesn't rap at all. Why rap when there's a host of other options. Instead, we get 5 minutes of a yawn-inducing performance from the self-named "best rapper alive." His singing, filtered through an autotuner and a vocoder a la Snoop's "Sensual Seduction," is layered over a dense smörgåsbord of spacey synths and slow-rolling drums. Call it the T-Pain effect. And don't get me started on the lyrics which offer nothing worth revisiting. "She lick me like a lollipop"? Really? Didn't 50 Cent already exploit that candy-as-sexual-metaphor concept on "Candy Shop"?
While preparing for this review, I briefly entertained the silly thought that Wayne set out to prove a point with "Lollipop." He's Lil Wayne, after all, and he's reached that stratum of rapdom where rules don't apply to protagonists. He can say whatever he wants, release songs however he wants, and get extolled by that wide cross-section of hip-hop fans that will inevitably line up for some Weezy idiosyncrasies, no matter how craptacular. What's next? A song where he farts over a drum-track for three minutes?