Fireman was first broadcasted to the world on December 6, 2005 as the 1st single for Lil Wayne’s 5th studio album Tha Carter II. Produced by Cash Money Records, a label that he joined when he was nine, the song made its way up multiple U.S. music charts like Billboard 100 & Hot Rap Tracks. As with most rap music the lyrics have been tweaked a little here & there to make them a little more “friendly”, but the original will always be there. And last but definitely not least, the recurring theme of weezy, pussy & money.
Fireman, Not Firefighter
Right from the start, Wayne pushes himself onto the stage as the alpha male. We see him passing by chics in a hallway that are very obviously checking him out. And of course with him returning the favor. Several guys observe him in a manner like they’re learning from him. Now we know that he’s no firefighter, since he never once put on a uniform even when he came down the fire truck. First of all, the term “Fireman” in the song actually refers to a hot black guy. Not hard to prove since he’s a chic magnet all over the MV. The siren of a fire truck that echoes along in the music was never meant to give the idea that firefighters were coming.
That siren was a just little warning that Wayne the Fireman was coming.
When the MV begins fire engulfs the screen & when Wayne says “Sssh…the fireman comin” it gets put out. A little too quickly. No, it got snuffed out. Not so much to tell us that he can put it out easy, but more to tell us that he can instill some kind of control towards it. As if it was alive & was just some annoying pest. In fact, the way that fire reacted in this fashion towards the shushing was as if it was actually afraid of the “Fireman”. Against an element that even actual firefighters have trouble against, the “Fireman” projects a real figure of machismo.
“Everything is easy baby,
leave it up to Weezy Baby
Put it in the pot
let it steam let it brew”
Weezy F. Baby
Fans of Lil Wayne would know of this nickname that he gave himself, and with a reason. The term “Weezy” has several definitions in the Urban dictionary:
“3. A name for a drink that consists of ecstasy dissolved in wine. Where the ecstasy gets someone more passionate and the wine gets them looser, making a great drink before having sex.
a)We sipped on some Weezy before getting into bed.
5.A modern example of a super cool totally awesome dude […]
a)Weezy has fallen asleep on the bog again….what a crazy cat
6.In Daygo (San Diego, CA) we use weezy to name a girl/ boy your interested in, person you like, or going out with. Can also be the most important of your many girlfriends or boyfriends, kinda like the wifey or main squeeze.
a)Yup that fly chicks my weezy.
b)Jessica Alba is weezy material.
c)She’s gonna be the new weezy.”
So now we know in this verse he was tactfully referring to both himself & the drug mix. He wants his name to be synonymous with all 3 definitions of Weezy: the drink, the super cool dude & chic magnet.
Weezy, Pussy & Money
The Fireman gives us no illusions of how heavy his pockets are when Wayne so deliberately threw a stash of money on the floor like it was disposable trash. So heavy, in fact, that his pants still sag even with a belt. And he reiterates it again when he says “Money too long teachers put away ya rulers”. Meaning even he can’t measure how much money he has now, and is not concerned about counting. And by the way, you would have noticed that in this verse, instructional roles are reversed: Now the student tells the teachers what to do(teachers put away ya rulers). “Fresh on campus is the Birdman Jr.” was never meant to imply himself as a freshman, but more to tell the campus chics that he’s here. And as he goes inside for class, we see those chics tailing him from behind.
What better way for the Fireman to drop off for school than from a fire truck?
“No shirt, tattoos & some war wounds.”
The crew had some difficulty in choosing places to film back then, since it was in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The Cash Money office scene “Come on mama let The Carter make ya” with Birdman was shot first, in Houston, Texas. The campus scene “Fresh on campus is the Birdman Jr.” as well as the classroom scene that follows were shot inside & on the Oglethorpe University campus in Atlanta, Georgia. At that time Wayne was taking actual classes in the University of Houston. People we already up for hallway scene at the beginning on that weekend morning before six. And on the Tuesday that followed, Wayne turned 23.