Rob49 And Lil Wayne’s ‘Wassam Baby’


Rob49 releases his previously leaked track with a feature from New Orleans legend Lil Wayne 

Rob49 is only 24-years-old, but he’s mastered the art of surprise like a grizzled rap vet. The New Orleans rapper had his “Wassam Baby” single leak months ago, and he made the most of a tenuous situation by officially releasing it with Lil Wayne by his side. The two took turns flirting and asserting their dominance over Macfly Beatz production, making for a fun cross-generational Louisiana link-up. The two connected during a Frankie of Freewater-directed video with clips of cars, women, and choice shots of Rob’s beaming grill. 

Rob’s booming baritone orients the track, with his voice jostling against quaking 808s like a pinball machine while he lyrically woos the object of his desire, shouting out women across New Orleans and looming, “you want that nigga right now but you know I’m coming next.” Rob’s New Orleans rasp cut through at precise inflections of his braggadocious verse where he demonstrates why he’s one of rap’s more intriguing — and nastier — listens.

Wayne follows up right after Rob, instantly dropping the line of the song with, “f*ck her for a thousand dollars, call that b*tch my grandbaby,” before delving into an assonant verse where he plays with “baby” as his end rhyme on bars like, “round me these b*tches lose control, finders keepers baby.” It sounds as easy as ever for Wayne, who’s been rapping longer than Rob has been alive. 


Rob has been steadily evolving since dropping out of Southern University and releasing a trio of mixtapes, in mid-2020. He’s gradually dropped several mixtapes since then, including 2022’s Welcome To Vulture Island, which contains his “Vulture Island V2” single with Lil Baby. One of his biggest moments so far was his appearance on Travis Scott’s “TOPIA TWINS,” where he leaves the fans wanting more on his short verse. 

“Wassam Baby” had been anticipated by his fans for months after the fall 2023 leak. But instead of merely giving the fans what they expected, Rob offered them a bonus with a rap GOAT. It’s fitting that the title of the track is quintessential New Orleans slang that feels like it could only be said correctly by a couple of rappers from the boot. 

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