Lil Wayne, "Dear Anne"
The concept of taking the Eminem classic (perhaps career-defining) "Stan" and flipping it for a "sequel" is problematic for a couple reasons. One, there's hardly any chance of it topping the original. Two, the "Stan" narrative has a clear ending so to work off it would require a creative stretch. Still, Wayne and Swizz Beatz have cooked up something not nearly as strong as "Stan," but it's interesting nonetheless. Swizz's beat matches the somber, creepy tone of the original (thanks, t.A.T.u. for the sample!), and Weezy constructs a slow-developing, three-verse build-up to a climax that flips "Stan's" gotcha!-moment. Rather than dealing with a psychotic fan, Wayne pours his heart out to his admirer, proving to be the one who needs Anne more than she needs him. This taps into Wayne's "I Ain't S--- Without You" speech he gives at every concert. He's lonely at the top, almost jealous of Anne's normal life ("But it's like you make me feel like I'm a part of the fam"). It's a decently clever track that lacks shelf-life. Where "Stan" provided a story so vivid it was practically a ready-to-greenlight screenplay, "Dear Anne" is a less-detailed, less emotionally invested song that fell in love with its concept and saw it through, for better or worse. Luckily, it's a freebie that won't be on Wayne's forthcoming Tha Carter IV.