By Simon Vozick-Levinson
January 08, 2009 at 12:00 PM EST

I’m not sure that listening to Lil Wayne muse on the many significances of the letter G makes me want to drink Gatorade. But it does give me hope for Weezy’s 2009. See, I am that rare hater fan with standards who thought Tha Carter III had some tasty lyrical treats, along with a bunch of undercooked dishes that were way beneath Wayne’s spectacular talents. So I consider it a very positive sign that he’s chosen to kick off this year with a round minute containing some clever wordplay and exactly zero Auto-Tuned moans. Maybe all it took was a few sips of a cool sports beverage to remind him about those of us who like it when the (Sometimes) Best Rapper Alive actually raps! And: I also like how this ad spotlights world-class athletes like Muhammad Ali, Derek Jeter, and JabbaWockeeZ from America’s Best Dance Crew. Anyone else appreciating Weezy’s little alphabet lesson?

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Thinking over Tha Carter III when it hit shelves last June