It's National Lollipop Day! And that means no one is safe from my lollipop-themed content. No one.
Perhaps you're celebrating National Lollipop Day by heading down to the 5 & 10 and scrounging up enough change you made mowing Grandma Patty's lawn to purchase a lemon-flavored sucker. If you're me, you're hunting down facts about Lil Wayne's 2008 banger "Lollipop" on the Internet. To each his own, right?
Anyway, here's what I found about Weezy's No. 1 smash:
1: The beat was originally created by Jim Jonsin for Danity Kane
2: The video features an 18-year-old Tyga at 3:07
3: Static Major, who sang on the track and wrote for Aaliyah, died two weeks before it was released, and the song got him a posthumous #1
4: "Lollipop" was the highest-selling ringtone of 2008
5: Lil Wayne raps a lot about safe sex in the Kanye West remix
6: Complex ranked it No. 4 in their Greatest AutoTune Songs list
7: Wayne self-references his verse in Juvenile's 1998 hit "Back that Azz Up" at 2:05
8: The line "I said he so sweet, make her wanna lick the wrapper / So I let her lick the rapper" first appeared in Swizz Beatz' "It's Me" 2007 remix (featuring Lil Wayne)
10: Every casino and club in Las Vegas rejected Wayne's video shoot due to his police record, so director Gil Green suggested shooting it while driving down the Vegas strip in a limo instead
11: "Lollipop" is Weezy F. Baby's only No. 1 single
12: The use of "no homo" went viral and stoked a conversation about homophobia in hip-hop
13: 50 Cent said "Lollipop" was a little too similar to his 2005 hit "Candy Shop": "[Other rappers] can take what I've done for the last five years and do their version of it and be successful with momentum," he told Rolling Stone. "Meanwhile, I have to reinvent the wheel."
14: His lyric about Hillary Rodham ("And when I'm at the bottom, she Hillary Rodham") probably won't be relevant in November
15: Birdman, who is seen with a green lollipop in the video, secretly doesn't like sweets
So there you have it! Enjoy National Lollipop Day!
And if you're still here, watch this throwback video of Weezer talking about their Weezy collab: