Lil Wayne is the sort of voracious sports fan for whom a song called “NFL” might come about organically. He goes hard for the Green Bay Packers and has been dropping references to athletes into his raps for years. One of my favorite lines on Da Drought 3 is a reference to former Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb and his mother’s Campbell’s Soup commercials. So, yeah, “I think I play in the NFL” as the hook on a Lil Tunechi track? Completely believable.
In fact, “NFL,” is an actual promotional tie-in with the NFL, which is also normal Lil Wayne behavior. Over a beat by Boi-1da and llmind with a Mack Maine writing credit, Weezy teams up with longtime Young Money associates Gudda Gudda and Hoodybaby. According to a tweet from Wayne, the song is the official soundtrack of Amazon Prime’s Thursday Night Football broadcast. Gudda Gudda’s hook goes, “I think I play in the NFL,” but what he really means is his song will be played during NFL games.
Wayne’s in solid form here, dropping bars like, “Big heads before blue heads/ Had loose cannons, no loose threads/ Always sharp as number-2 lead/ Number one when it come to new meds/ Tattoo tears, few shed/ Had closed ears for the who said/ Extra, extra, read all about it/ Her legs spread, then the news spread/ Got some goons up in Shrewsbury/ Turn a grape head to a prune head/ A snake head to a wound head/ Some snake heads be two-headed.”