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When Eminem released “Stan,” the 2000 track from The Marshall Mathers LP written as a series of letters to the rapper by an overzealous fan, the song became so popular that “Stan” became shorthand for any psycho fan of a public figure. More than a decade later, Lil Wayne flips the idea in “Dear Anne (Stan Part 2),” taking on the role of Stan in a quasi-autobiographical message to his fans.
While the Swizz Beatz-produced track won’t be on the upcoming The Carter IV, it does show Wayne at his most pensive and poignant. Sampling Russian pop duo t.A.T.u’s 2001 track “30 Minutes,” the track isn’t so much a sequel to the Eminem song as it is prequel and rebuttal. Consider “Dear Anne” to be the letter that would’ve saved the original Stan from psychosis and murder if he had gotten it in time.
Over a sparse piano and minimalist drum loop, Wayne rhymes, “So with you is where a part of me stand. And, I hope I see you in the stands/Anne, because you know I understand/And, and I’m sorry about Stan/So I wrote this to say I’m your number one fan.” You know when Weezy performs this one live, the lights’ll dim and everyone will get all quiet and solemn. And to be fair, it is one of Wayne’s most serious tracks — a seemingly heartfelt public thank you to those who catapulted him from regional sensation to one of the biggest rappers in the world. Either that or he’s the only rapper to ever read Anne Landers. We’re just gonna assume the former.
+ Listen to Lil Wayne’s “Dear Anne (Stan Part 2).”