"Drop the World," Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne is one of the greatest rappers to ever hold a microphone, but he's got a dicier reputation as a guitarist, born from Rebirth, his pretty terrible "rock" album. The sight of Lil Wayne shredding at his shows will always bring me joy -- like skateboarding, he clearly loves it -- but actually listening to Rebirth is exhausting. Those sludgy nu-metal guitar tones, plodding drums, and hook-less punk provocations might work at a basement show. On a major-label release from a mega-star, it's a bewildering misstep.
The record's commercial success -- it sold almost a million copies -- speaks more to how untouchable Wayne was during this period after the release of the world-conquering Tha Carter III than the LP's actual content. The record's Eminem collaboration, "Drop the World," co-produced by Hit Boy, is the rare song that might've worked on a normal Lil Wayne project. It's not perfect, but at least it doesn't have a meandering butt-rock guitar solo.