Phone Home

Album: Tha Carter III (2008)

Songfacts®:

  • In this out-of-this-world track, Lil Wayne channels his inner ET by adopting an alien voice.
  • According to MTV this is "a furious ode to Wayne's seemingly superhuman ability to destroy every vocal booth."
  • This was produced by Cool & Dre. Among the other tracks the Miami production duo have produced are "Hate It Or Love It" for The Game, "Say I" for Christina Milian and "We Made It" for Busta Rhymes.
  • Cool told Rhapsody about this track: "I remember [Wayne] did that 'Show Me What You Got' freestyle and said, 'We are not the same. I'm a Martian.' That line really stuck with us. So [Dre and I] wanted to do a record that reflects that he's a rock star from outer space. The whole concept was that there's no real rappers left in the game and the 'hood is calling him home. We actually had like 19 people [play on it]. We had trombones, violins, horns, and then we tripled them and made them sound real big. We went to the Hit Factory [studio in Miami] and played the record for him. You know when Weezy's feeling something because his eyes roll behind his head. We knew he was keeping it because after that it was, 'What's up with that 'Phone Home?'' Weezy's like, 'Oh, that's in the vault.' He kept certain records in a special vault that was unleakable, s--t that he only touched."

Comments: 2

  • Alejandro from Sacramento, CaHes an alien cuz hes has such a different sound than other rappers which i find a good thing. Hes an alien with a presence that is known all around tha world
  • Jakob from Watauga Texas, Txsarah. she's back, she finds this song very well being to her nature. its a powerful song in her life and she thinks the good lord everyday for that bouncy mother lil wayne. he is a good artist. goodbye sarah take care talk to you soon:)
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