Drop the World

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"Drop the World"
Single by Lil Wayne featuring Eminem
from the album Rebirth
Released December 22, 2009[1]
Format digital download
Recorded 2009
Effigy Studios
(Ferndale, Michigan)
Genre Hip hop, hardcore hip hop, rap rock
Length 3:49
Label Young Money, Cash Money, Universal Motown
Writer(s) Dwayne Carter Jr., Marshall Mathers, Luis Resto, Jesse Woodward, Mike Strange, Chauncey Hollis
Producer(s) Hit-Boy, Chase N. Cashe
Certification 4x Platinum (RIAA)
Lil Wayne singles chronology
"Revolver"
(2009)
"Drop the World"
(2009)
"I Made It (Cash Money Heroes)"
(2010)
Eminem singles chronology
"Hell Breaks Loose"
(2009)
"Drop the World"
(2009)
"Not Afraid"
(2010)

"Drop the World" is a song by American rapper and recording artist Lil Wayne, featuring a guest appearance from fellow American rapper Eminem. It serves as the third single from Lil Wayne's seventh studio album, Rebirth (2010). The song was released on iTunes on December 28, 2009. Lil Wayne, Eminem, and Travis Barker of Blink-182 performed the song together along with Drake's song "Forever" at the 52nd Grammy Awards in 2010. On April 10, 2014, the single was certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA. Rapper Game and Kanary Diamonds made a remix of the song that appears on Game's mixtape "The Red Room".[2] Rapper Royce da 5'9" made a remix of the song entitled "Pick Ma Balls Up".[3]

Music video[edit]

The video for "Drop the World" was directed by Chris Robinson, and shooting for the video took place on January 31, 2010, which was the same day as the 52nd Grammy Awards, where Eminem and Lil Wayne performed together. The video features people moshing, rioting, skateboarding, and running through the streets of New York. The video premiered on March 5, 2010, on the MTV Hits television network.[4] The main concept of the video centers around Lil Wayne and Eminem being in the midst of a massive riot. Birdman and Lloyd Banks make cameo appearances in the video.

Reception[edit]

Despite a generally negative reception for Rebirth,[5] "Drop the World" received more positive reviews. "Drop the World" was arguably the most anticipated song from the album due to its guest feature from Eminem.[6] In a review of the album, NME called the song the only highlight of Rebirth. The article discussed the meaning behind the song, noting that Lil Wayne simply avoids answering a question commonly asked by successful hip hop musicians: "How do you deal with 'real issues' when you've got enough money to buy your old neighborhood a hundred times over?" The magazine notes that, in the song, Lil Wayne avoids commenting on this question, and instead focuses his energy on "being so pissed off you have to get in a spaceship, pick the world up and drop it on some poor girl's 'f*cking head.'" Ultimately, the article concludes the song only serves as a "what-could-have-been" demonstration for the album.[7] Writing for Fairfax New Zealand's Stuff.co.nz website, Chris Schulz was less than impressed with "Drop the World", claiming that even with the help of "star guest" Eminem, the song was unexceptional.[8]

Tracklisting[edit]

  • Digital download[9]
  1. "Drop The World" - 3:49

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[10] 56
Canadian Hot 100[11] 24
Irish Singles Chart[11] 43
UK Singles Chart[11] 51
UK R&B Chart[12] 19
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 18

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[13] 4x Platinum 4,000,000*

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kreps Daniel. "Lil Wayne Finds His Rock Edge on Rebirth Track ‘Da Da Da’" Rock & Roll Daily. December 7, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-13.
  2. ^ Xxlmag.com
  3. ^ Killerhiphop.com
  4. ^ "Video: Lil Wayne f/ Eminem – 'Drop the World'". Rap Up. Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  5. ^ "Rebirth". Metacritic. Retrieved 2010-03-21. 
  6. ^ Nunez, Jessica (2010-02-09). "Lil Wayne goes to jail, but leaves fans with new album, Eminem collaboration". MLive. Booth Newspapers. Retrieved 2010-03-21. 
  7. ^ "Album review: Lil Wayne - Rebirth (Island)". NME. 2010-01-22. Retrieved 2010-03-21. 
  8. ^ Schulz, Chris (2010-02-11). "CD review: Rebirth - Lil Wayne". Stuff.co.nz. Fairfax New Zealand. Retrieved 2010-03-21. 
  9. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0033CQIBC/ref=dm_sp_alb?ie=UTF8&qid=1332664230&sr=1-1-catcorr
  10. ^ http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/23790/20100511-1124/Issue1053.pdf
  11. ^ a b c d "Lil Wayne and Eminem - Drop The World - Music Charts". acharts.us. Retrieved 2010-04-17.
  12. ^ "Chart Archive: Top 40 R&B Singles Archive (17th April 2010)". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2010-04-17.
  13. ^ "American single certifications – Lil Wayne – Drop the World". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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