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Lil Wayne’s Rick Ross-Assisted Single, ‘If I Die Today’ Leaks

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Lil Wayne revealed the release date for his highly anticipated new album, ‘Tha Carter IV,’ during the launch of his I Am Still Music tour in Providence, R.I., last week, and on Wednesday (March 23), his second single, If I Die Today,’ finally hit the ‘Net.

If fans of the Young Money head honcho think ‘If I Die Today’ sounds familiar, they’re on the right track. The song is a “take” on Rick Ross‘ ‘I’m Not a Star,’ from the Miami rapper’s ‘Teflon Don’ album, replete with the same J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League production (albeit pitched up a bit, with an added synth line) and a new verse by Ross. The song was reportedly one of the first Wayne heard upon his release from prison in November, and evidently he liked it so much that he had to make it his own.

The rapper blacks out on the beat, spitting vintage Weezy with lines like “44 Bulldog, my muf—in’ pet/ I point it at you and tell that muf—a fetch … When I was in jail, she let me call her collect/ But if she get greedy, I’m a starve her to death/ Top down, it’s upset/ Been f—in’ the world, and n—- I ain’t come yet.”

‘If I Die Today’ proves to be a real collaboration rather than simply a remix, and Ross holds his own as the two trade verses, rapping, “The bigger the bullet the more that bitch gon’ bang/ Red on the wall, Basquiat when I paint/ Red Lamborghini ’til I gave it to my bitch/ My first home invasion papi gave me 40 bricks.”

Lil Wayne’s ‘Tha Carter IV’ is officially finished, and will be in stores May 16. “May 16, believe that,” Wayne told MTV. “It can come out tomorrow ’cause I’m so finished.”

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