Weezer enlist Lil’ Wayne for guest rap on new album

Rapper makes an appearance on 'Raditude'

Weezer‘s Rivers Cuomo has revealed that Lil Wayne has recorded a guest rap on a song on the band’s forthcoming new album, ‘Raditude’.

The singer/guitarist told MTV News that he enlisted the rapper to give the song “edge” – although did not reveal which specific track he guests on.

“We got Lil Wayne to come in and do a rap on it,” he said. “Any other rapper would’ve just done, ‘Yay, we’re partying! Let’s drink and have fun,’ but he gave it the edge I was looking for.

“You can hear in his voice, it sounds so dark, like he was gonna get shot or something when he walks out of the studio. So I was real happy that everyone involved got what we were going for.”

Cuomo said that the cameo was part of an attempt to do something “different” following 2008’s ‘The Red Album’ release. “We loved that album, but this is 2009,” he said. “It’s time to do something totally different. So I reached out to some friends of mine in different genres: Jermaine Dupri, for example, king of R’n’B, I wrote a song with him called ‘Can’t Stop Partying’.

“It was a real challenge for me, taking his ideas, which are very slick, R’n’B party, and giving it some kind of edge, some darkness, making it work with rock, making it work with Weezer

‘Raditude’ is set for release in the UK on October 26.