The Underrated: Lil Wayne- Tha Block Is Hot

By @TrueGodImmortal

1. Intro
2. Tha Block Is Hot
3. Loud Pipes
4. Watcha Wanna Do
5. Kisha
6. High Beamin
7. Lights Off
8. Fuck The World
9. Remember Me
10. Respect Us
11. Drop It Like It's Hot
12. Young Playa
13. Enemy Turf
14. Not Like Me
15. Come On
16. Up To Me
17. You Want War

By now, most people see and refer to Lil Wayne as a legend. Regardless of what your opinion is of him now, it cannot be denied that Wayne put out four successful albums in a row with Tha Carter 1-4, selling a total of 10 million records between all 4 albums. His mixtape run was absolutely crazy as well, but what about his beginning? His early start? A lot of people referred to Wayne as just the guy who did the "wobble, wobble drop it like it's hot" part from Juvenile's "Back That Azz Up", but even in the early Cash Money days, he was more than that.

His first solo album "Tha Block Is Hot" debuted at no. 3 on the Billboard 200 selling 230,000 copies and eventually going platinum plus with 1.7 million copies sold. In my opinion, Tha Block Is Hot was a pretty good album, and another in the string of Cash Money classics(with 400 Degreez, Guerrilla Warfare, Tha G Code, etc). The title track officially kicks off the album, and as we all know, it was completely fire, as Wayne had Juve and B.G. on the bridge to add some more flare to the song.

The hilarious "Loud Pipes" was your usual Cash Money stunting track, with a booming beat and a hook that was taken from a verse on Juve's "Rich Niggaz" off 400 Degreez, which was another Cash Money staple(making hooks out of lines from old verses). My favorite song on the entire album is "Kisha", which features the whole Hot Boys collective detailing a story about fucking the same chick... All within the same night seemingly. A storytelling track about running a train on a chick? Only Cash Money could do this and make the song a classic. The song features a classic hilarious verse from Juve, along with commentary from Baby at the end.

Wayne attempted to not actually curse on this album(his usage of the word "nigga" or "damn" didn't count somehow) via his mother's wishes, except on the song "Fuck Tha World", where Wayne spits out all his teenage frustration and looks at the crazy world for what it is. The second single "Respect Us" off the album, features Juve on the hook and a bouncy beat.

The album hits a pretty high point when we arrive at the "Enemy Turf" track, as Juve and Wayne spit some dope verses over a murderous Mannie Fresh track. Juve snaps on the track, but Wayne comes with it and doesn't get overshadowed. "Enemy Turf" is my second favorite song on this album, and my third is the somber, yet knocking "Up To Me" with Turk that shows Wayne getting serious(he does this a few times on the album, adding to his depth as an artist, even in his youth).

All in all, this album isn't a true classic by the normal hip hop standards, but when referencing Wayne and his legacy, people off forget his first two albums, which were actually enjoyable and sold well during Cash Money's initial huge run. Revisit this album, have some fun and enjoy.



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