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"Like Father, Like Son" came out in 2006 and was a collaborative album between Lil' Wayne and Birdman (also known as Baby, and is the man who unofficially adopted him and made him the superstar he is today).It has the New Orleans pair showing that despite the whole Cash Money Record roster had diminished form an army of men to just this two, that they were still capable of carrying the label, especially when coming straight off Lil' Wayne "Tha Carter II" album the year before.
1. "Loyalty" (Lude)
2. "Over Here Hustlin'"
To get things underway you have one of the best tunes on the whole release doing it here as you have Weezy stepping up on a screwed hook to get the thing flowing and livening up the listener before everything is dropped on you. It is exciting, and it acts as a great way to get things going here.
3. "Stuntin' Like My Daddy"
This was the big single from the album, and was the lead from the record. It is a fairly strong one, but by no means the best which this has to offer as you get the two of them going hard with the material, and making sure that they maker an impact as they show that together you can't really test them.
4. "1st Key"
This one is one of the best that you get form the pair, but it appears that this one really doesn't actually feature them rapping that much at all. It is composed in an original manner, and allows them to cut many corners as they flow in order to re-create the Pimp C remix to the UGK track "Pocket Full Of Stones" so they rhyme to fit in with what Pimp C comes with, and use these samples to guide them.
5. "Like Father, Like Son"
This, the eponymous track to the album is one of the best tunes which you get on here, it appeared that they really wanted to stand out and with great beats and rhymes it does this as they do a comparison to bring together the similarities which they both have. Weezy feels it necessary to include a couple quote form both 2Pac and Biggie to guide him, and it just adds to it in a way which you can't fight against.
6. "You Ain't Know"
On this one you have Weezy stepping up his game with his rhymes as he shows just how far he has come along with the complexity of his lines, and so you get him taking form the very simplistic approach of many southern rappers, and taking these main themes, and making much more of them with his original interpretations to make it stand out and make you take notice.
7. "Family Rules" (Lude)
1. "Know What I'm Doin'"
This is a heavy tune from him, and it not only shows how strong they are at working together at their raps, but it also act is as a starting point, from which further alliances were made as T-Pain sings on the hook, and you have another Floridian act in Rick Ross stepping up form the raps with the others found here. It stands out for the artists found on it, and I'm sure many will enjoy what comes through in it as a result.
2. "Don't Die"
Although I wouldn't say that this is a bad track on the album, it certainly isn't anything like the top end of the record as it has the tempo dropped in order to let them focus on different things, and in this case it finds Weezy doing one which concerns how as a 'Gangsta' he will never die, and can't think that this will ever happen if he wishes to stay form where his friends have gone in the past.
10. "Ain't Worried 'Bout S**t"
Here you have Birdman mainly taking control of the thing and showing that despite having a much more well-rounded artist on his side, he has to show who is the 'daddy' in this duo, and so does one which has him getting deep into his Gangsta Rap and talking about how the slums of New Orleans have made him what we see today as he was forced to get out of the terrible quality of life which is found in such places.
11. "Out Tha Pound"
Using re-sung elements of Curtis Mayfield's "Diamond In The Back", this one has Birdman doing more to show what power he has over Weezy on this one as he takes things right back to a time which Lil' Wayne wouldn't be able to understand. It is done well and it shows how strong the production can get here.
12. "Leather So Soft"
This one stands out as one of the biggest singles which they came out with from this album. It is a banger of a tune and has things taken down a gear as they choose to perform a track which has them calm the tempo significantly and do a laid-back one to have them appreciate the luxurious things they have in their lives now.
13. "Army Gunz"
This one is a pretty heavy one from the pair and it has them doing a track which has them go into some Gangsta rap which you don't find as explicit as here it is a rough one, and has them show that they are just as capable of the hardcore Hip hop as anyone else. This fits right in with the time, and what as popular in 2006.
14. "Protector" (Lude)
15. "Get That Money"
This track really appears to stand out in the album here and it is strange as it has the pace dropped fairly significantly and finds them coming together to do a tack which basically represents the Cash Money label. I wouldn't say that it is an amazing one, but the flows are all about money, and there's nothing more to them.
16. "No More"
The beats in this one are pretty typical in terms of what you get throughout the whole of this record, and I feel that this gives it a bit of a boost as they go as it is familiar territory, and from this you have Weezy doing flows which concern him revisiting the past when he said he would never hustle again, before changing his mind and not looking back until now.
The subject matter in this one wasn't as straight-forward as it appeared to be with the title which was given to it, and I have to say that this was a clear positive for the thing as it allows Weezy to show just how much he can surprise you with his flows as with a low tempo beats backing him he does rhymes about the things which get him on a high.
18. "Cali Dro"
On this one you have them take it out to the West Coast as they do a tune which has them show their support for the hydroponically-made cannabis out that way, and how it compares to that of no other place. It has some of the best from the region on their side as Tha Dogg Pound step up, and with Daz and Kurupt, they all bring fire to this particular recording.
19. "About All That"
I have to admit that this, the final proper tune from the album isn't really as strong as a lot of the other things which you get here. Both Weezy and Birdman do their thing on it, and they show an additional influences to the music which they do as they do it on some Hard Rock production. With Fat Joe on their side it's not weak, but it doesn't make the impact I think they hoped to come through with here.
20. "Respect" (Outro)
This is a pretty strong album from them, and although at some points the standard clearly slips quite significantly, on the whoel it is good. The album comes as Lil' Wayne was about to peak aand so although his rhymes weren't as strong as what was seen in "Tha Carter III", the standard of it is high, due to the fact he had been ding this since the age of twelve professionally. Birdman on the other hand has never been that good of a rapper, but having his rhymes propped up by that on his 'son' and many guests means that you don't really notice this lack of quality coming from him.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Loyalty Album Version
2 Over Here Hustlin' Album Version (Explicit)
3 Stuntin' Like My Daddy Street
4 1st Key Album Version (Explicit)
5 Like Father Like Son Album Version (Explicit)
6 You Ain't Know Album Version (Explicit)
7 Family Rules Album Version
8 Know What I'm Doin' Album Version (Explicit)
9 Don't Die Album Version (Explicit)
10 Ain't Worried Bout Sh*t Album Version (Explicit)
11 Out The Pound Album Version (Explicit)
12 Leather So Soft Album Version (Explicit)
13 Army Gunz Album Version (Explicit)
14 Protector Album Version
15 Get That Money Album Version (Explicit)
16 No More Album Version (Explicit)
17 High Album Version (Explicit)
18 Cali Dro Album Version (Explicit)
19 About All That Album Version (Explicit)
20 Respect Album Version
21 CD Key/Birdman & Lil Wayne/Like Fathe, Like Son