Learn English with English, baby!

Join for FREE!

Social_nav_masthead_logged_in
 
Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne

Date: Aug 18 2008

Themes: Music, Pop Culture

Intro

1. Learn Vocabulary - Learn some new vocabulary before you start the lesson.

2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.

Ever since it started more than two decades ago, hip hop has been young people’s music. But no one puts that in perspective more than Lil Wayne, who began rapping at age 11 and became famous by the time he was 15 for rapping in a relaxed style that’s influenced by rock and R&B.

But unlike many child stars whose talents disappear in adulthood, Lil Wayne continues to release popular albums that get good reviews. His latest. Tha Carter III, is the best-selling CD in years. Devan noticed the album recently, and she’s about to get educated on Lil Wayne by Beren.

Dialog

1. Listen and Read - Listen to the audio and read the dialog at the same time.

Log in to Listen

2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.

Devan

Devan

Beren

Beren

Devan:  I was at the store the other day and they had the hot new albums up and number one was Lil Wayne. Who is this Lil Wayne?

Beren:  I love Lil Wayne. Lil Wayne’s the coolest. I don’t know…I think he joined The Cash Money Millionaires when he was like 11.

Devan:  Wow, 11? So how old is he now?

Beren:  I’m pretty sure he’s like 26. 25 or 26, so he’s still, like, pretty young, but he’s still Lil Wayne because he is lil’. But yeah, no, Carter III, it just came out and it’s been…I think somebody leaked it from the recording studio where he was recording it at, so he kept on doing different mixes and remixing stuff and putting out different mix tapes, and it finally came out and it’s actually really awesome, but the song everyone knows is “Lollipop.”

Devan:  So what makes him so unique? What’s so special about his sound?

Beren:  I think it’s his voice and he has a really laid-back delivery and also he’s just out there, kind of like Del tha Funkee Homosapien, except more druggy.

Devan:  So do you own this new, hot album?

Beren:  I only have the single.

Devan:  Are you gonna buy it?

Beren:  Yeah, definitely.

 

Quizzes

Go Super to take Quiz Go Super!

 

Lesson MP3

Go Super to download full lesson MP3 Go Super!

Go to the TOEFL® page >

Discussion

Devan noticed that Lil Wayne’s album was the most popular at the record store, but she’s not familiar with him. Beren explains how Lil Wayne started out very young and joined The Cash Money Millionaires, a label for extremely successful and rich rappers. Even though he’s 25 years old now, he’s still lil’ or little. In fact, he’s only 5’6” or about 167 cm tall.

But Lil Wayne’s latest album wasn’t leaked by anyone at his studio. The rapper decided to leak it himself to help promote the official release. It seems like it worked…Beren plans to buy it even though she already owns a recording of its most popular song.

Do you think it’s a good idea for artists to leak their albums before they’re released? Lil Wayne was already rapping when he was 11. What were you up to?

 

Comments

Log in to Comment

wuricheng8888

China

oh my poor english—

i improve my english now

03:09 AM Aug 20 2008 |

wuricheng8888

China

i like this lesson

i hope see more beautifull english chap book

03:07 AM Aug 20 2008 |

yawar

yawar

Pakistan

i want to write just about it but my English is very weak.

01:27 PM Aug 19 2008 |

imni

imni

China

luv llolipop

12:45 PM Aug 19 2008 |

.╋┈Fey

.╋┈Fey

China

oh my poor english~

04:50 AM Aug 19 2008 |

.╋┈Fey

.╋┈Fey

China

oh my poor english~

04:50 AM Aug 19 2008 |

.╋┈Fey

.╋┈Fey

China

oh my poor english~

04:49 AM Aug 19 2008 |

malcomx

malcomx

Saudi Arabia

i love lil wayne and hiphop music and my favorite is akon thanx for sharing

12:52 AM Aug 19 2008 |

lilwayne naruto tpain

United States

r.i.p static major in the song lollipop, lil wayne is awesome lol

09:26 PM Aug 18 2008 |

Magasik

Magasik

Russian Federation

Weezy F baby! The first! The Best moth..r fu..ker!!!!!

07:30 PM Aug 18 2008 |

baochungit

baochungit

Germany

i don’t like hiphop much but this article is good for me to learn English

04:53 PM Aug 18 2008 |

baochungit

baochungit

Germany

thanks for sharing

04:50 PM Aug 18 2008 |

jean___michel

Brazil

I liked this lesson!

04:12 PM Aug 18 2008 |

Abajah

Djibouti

nice lesson

03:58 PM Aug 18 2008 |

davidhua

davidhua

China

i like hip pop

09:59 AM Aug 18 2008 |

magic1015

magic1015

China

oh wow , i don't know much about the hiphop ,but last month when i checked the billionborad , i cannot believe  lil' keeps his position for a comparatively long time !

and i know Phelps likes hiphop music , oh , hope hiphop inspires my interest to some extent . 

oh ,another kiss ass talent young singer is chris brown , he is also good at dancing , when i watched him dancing with kiss kiss in a reward , it was amazing he like a robot with so flexible joints !!

 

03:05 AM Aug 18 2008 |

HermioneXHaibara

Saudi Arabia

wow the first comment for the first time 0_o
btw nice lesson!!!! ^^

01:01 AM Aug 18 2008 |

Likes (40):

See all >

Share this lesson:

  • Share on Facebook
  • Share on Bebo
  • Share on Myspace
  • Share on Twitter
  • Email this to a friend
  • Share on Sina

Post Ebaby! lessons on your blog:

Ebaby! Cast