In 2008, Lil Wayne announced that he was saving other rappers from their lack of concepts, originality and weak flow. While the metaphor of ‘Dr. Carter’ may not have been subtle with its use of life support machines etc., the selection of a David Axelrod production as the lead sample was clever. Axelrod was a producer for Capitol Records who recorded dozens of great jazz, funk and soul records in the 1960s. He released his own debut album, Song of Innocence in 1968. As exemplified in the grandeur of ‘Holy Thursday’, the sound was full of concepts and originality. Wayne was not the first to mine the Axelrod catalogue; fans of DJ Shadow will be familiar with his orchestrated breakbeats.