Lil Wayne's ongoing progression from gangsta-rap boy band member to "the best rapper alive" to cartoonish, skateboard-toting pop star has taken its latest turn. MTV reports that Weezy F. Baby is working on a new album titled Devol, which we're supposed to pronounce "devil." Tunechi told MTV, "That's 'loved' spelled backwards, and it's my version of love songs."
Though it's probably unfortunate for Weezy that Sonic Youth already claimed Evol (and "Devo" belongs to, well, Devo), hip-hop heads don't need to fear that the rapper-eater has turned into Barry Manilow. "What I mean by my version of love songs is meaning they're not saying, 'I love you,' " he told MTV. "It's all material I did when I was locked up."
If we know Weezy, that statement would appear to suggest the songs are probably graphically sexual in nature, and not only due to the conjugal limitations of imprisonment. Before Danny Brown was putting cunnilingus odes on last year's XXX, after all, Wayne was working up live crowds with his own Tha Carter III replacement track "Pussy Monster," which is only slightly more explicit than the same album's Auto-Tune chart-topper "Lollipop." Recent hits like "How to Love" and "She Will" aren't exactly what you'd call gentlemanly, either. But Wayne did find a contemplative side while serving time in Rikers Island, too. On Mother's Day he wrote a letter proclaiming, "The love between a mother and her offspring is hands down the most beautiful thing God created.
Lil Wayne last made an appearance in the bar mitzvah-themed video for his Drake collaboration "HYFR." He also shows up on hit-blessing networker extraordinaire DJ Khaled's new "Take It to the Head." No word yet on whether Devol will see Wayne picking up his beloved guitar again and perhaps serenading us with a heartfelt rap-rock cover of Extreme's "More Than Words."