Weezer’s Raditude may bear a distinctly unpromising cover photo and title, but the contents look set to be intriguing. Rivers Cuomo has been talking about the album with MTV News, where he revealed that Lil Wayne’s recent-ish fascination with rock music caused him to collaborate with the band.
“We got Lil Wayne to come in and do a rap on it,” he said, without revealing which track he appears on. “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,” said Cuomo, who was perhaps buying into Wayne’s image a little too much. “So I was real happy that everyone involved got what we were going for.”
Cuomo also talked about Jeraine Dupri’s contribution: “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.” The album, which the singer claims is Weezer’s attempt to “do something totally different,” is due for release on November 3.