Hip-hop mogul BRYAN 'BABY' WILLIAMS has defended his protege Lil Wayne against criticism of his upcoming experimental album, insisting people should not try to label it because it's simply "great music".
Lil Wayne has been working on Rebirth, the follow-up to his Grammy-winning disc Tha Carter III, for months as he attempts to cross boundaries from rap to rock.
The Lollipop hitmaker has come under fire from some detractors for attempting the feat, insisting he should stick to what he's good at.
But Cash Money Records boss Williams, also known as Birdman, claims critics are "misunderstood" because the rapper isn't aiming to make a pure rock record.
He tells Vibe magazine, "It's not a rock record, that's what I think people are getting misunderstood.
"When you (sic) speaking about a rock record, you think he's got a guitar and everything, but it's not that. It's going to be some of those types of beats, but it's just great music. I don't think no (sic) artist can do what he about to get done (sic). My son is a rock star."
And Williams is adamant Lil Wayne deserves all the recognition he is garnering, because he is a multi-talented star setting new heights for hip-hop and the music industry as a whole.
He adds, "He can rap, he can sing, he's just an artist. I don't think no one (sic) will ever be greater than Wayne because I don't think no one puts in the time or the quality. If someone do (sic) come along, can you imagine what he'll have to do? He's got to put out a thousand mixtapes, do a thousand records and sell 100 million records. 2Pac, Jay-Z and Biggie didn't get to the s**t Wayne's done."