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Thrill your day with this amazing project from Lil’ Wayne titled “Mirror” featuring Bruno Mars.

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Mirror” is a song by American rapper Lil Wayne featuring American singer-songwriter Bruno Mars. The second bonus track on the deluxe edition of Tha Carter IV (2011), was released to Urban contemporary radio stations as the sixth and final single on September 13, 2011, through Young Money, Cash Money, and Universal Republic Records. Dwayne Carter, Peter Hernandez, Phillip Lawrence and Ramon Owen wrote “Mirror”. Owen also handled production as REO of the Soundkillers, and The Smeezingtons. The song leaked online a few days before the album’s official release in the United States. The track was produced three years before its release. Owen, with Mike Caren’s help, was able to get the track to several rappers, who rejected it. Lil Wayne liked the song after hearing it, however, and his verses were added to Mars’ hook vocals already on the track.


Music critics gave “Mirror” positive reviews praising it for Mars’ smooth, epic hook and Wayne’s introspective verses. The hip-hop and rap ballad has been compared in its composition to “Lighters” (2011) by Bad Meets Evil featuring Bruno Mars and lyrically to Wayne’s single “How to Love” (2011) from the same album. Its lyrics describe the downfalls of life, as well as Wayne’s upbringing, state of mind, past choices and personal life. “Mirror” debuted at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at number 17 in the United Kingdom. It also peaked in the top 15 of Denmark, Netherlands, and appeared on charts in Switzerland, and Belgium (Flanders). It has been certified platinum in Australia and the United States. In Denmark, it received two different certifications, gold for units shipped, and two times platinum for its streaming numbers.

Antoine Fuqua directed the accompanying music video, filmed in November 2011, with visual effects created by GloriaFX. It depicts Wayne throwing red, black and white paint on the walls of a room creating an undefined painting, while Mars sings on top of a ladder. The video ends with a scene showing a painting of Wayne, toned in red, crucified on the cross holding a mic in his left hand. Critics complimented its aesthetics. Wayne performed the song during his tour in Australia.
“Mirror” was released as the album’s sixth and final single. Young Money, Cash Money and Universal Republic Records released the track to American urban contemporary radio stations, which began adding the track to their playlists on September 13, 2011. On November 1, 2011, the single was re-released in the same format and to rhythmic contemporary stations by Cash Money and Universal Republic Records. The song was made available in the United Kingdom via digital download on December 18, 2011.

REO of the Soundkillers produced “Mirror” with co-production by The Smeezingtons. Dwayne Carter, Peter Hernandez, Philip Lawrence and Ramon Owen wrote the song. Michael “Banger” Cadahia and his assistant Edward “Jewfro” Lidow recorded it at CMR South Studios in Miami, Florida. The single was mixed at the Record Plant in Los Angeles by Fabian Marascuillo, with Ghazi Hourani as mixing assistant. It was mastered by Brian Gardner at Bernie Grundman Mastering.

Ramon “REO” Owen created the instrumental three years before its inclusion on Tha Carter IV. The producer, Reo” Owen of the Soundkillers, with help of Mike Caren, Atlantic Records A&R, was able to get this recording, which already had Bruno Mars singing the hook, heard by industry “heavy-hitters” including rappers Kanye West, Drake, and Nas. They rejected it. Lil Wayne liked the track and decided to keep it. “REO” initially wanted the track to be a part of West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010). He to “settle[ed]” for it being included on Wayne’s Tha Carter IV. He felt lucky it was given the amount of material recorded during the time an album is produced. Owen claimed he alone produced the track with The Smeezingtons as co-writers, however, the CD’s liner notes also credit the team as co-producers. “REO” agreed that Wayne’s verses captured the feeling of the song. The track leaked on August 25, 2011.

In late 2014, Ramon “REO” Owen filed a lawsuit against Wayne alleging he had promised him at least $91,000 for his work on the song. According to the lawsuit, Owen never received this payment. On February 19, 2015, Manhattan Federal Court judge, Katherine B. Forrest, order Wayne to pay Owen $100,000 and Young Money to “hand over” their accounting records, as they failed to respond to the allegations in court, after being served with the legal documents in December 2014. During the judgment, Owen stated that he tried to contact Wayne regarding the money for 11 months prior to the lawsuit. According to court filings, Owen is entitled to $91,841.50 in royalties.

In the United States, “Mirror” debuted at its peak of number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100, and at number six on the Hot Digital Songs chart, with 149,000 copies sold in its first week. It coincided with the release of Wayne’s album Tha Carter IV. The single peaked at numbers 22 and 25 on the Billboard Rhythmic Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts, respectively. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it Platinum for sales of over 1 million copies. “Mirror” peaked at number 46 on the Canadian Hot 100. In Australia the song peaked at number 26, while it peaked at number 12 on the Australia Urban single charts.The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) certified “Mirror” Platinum with 70,000 copies sold.

In Europe, “Mirror” debuted at number 12 on the Danish charts, spending 10 weeks there. IFPI Denmark certified it twice Platinum due to its streaming numbers being equivalent to 200,000 copies and it was certified Gold for selling over 15,000 copies. The recording debuted at number 47 on February 18, 2012. It eventually reached its peak at number 11 on April 7, 2012. In the United Kingdom, the song debuted at 91 on the chart and peaked at number 17. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified the song silver. On the Dutch Top 40 charts, “Mirror” peaked at number 12. The song managed to peak at number 13 and 15 respectively in Slovakia and Switzerland.

Filming for the music video took place in November 2011, directed by Antoine Fuqua. GloriaFX created the visual effects. The company was responsible for the painting and the appearance and disappearance effects among others. Vevo released a teaser of the music video on YouTube on January 27, 2012. The full-length video premiering on Vevo’s official website on January 31, 2012.

The video begins with a shirtless Wayne rapping to the song in a dimly lit workshop, while the camera shows various close-ups of his intricate tattoos. As the chorus begins, Wayne is shown painting the room red as Bruno Mars sings, while seated on the top of a ladder, intercut with shots of him standing up. Wayne is also shown throwing red paint on the wall to create an unformed picture. The rest of the video focuses on Wayne blasting red, black and white paint everywhere. Solo scenes use facial expressions to show his “playful personality”. The bridge begins with Wayne making the sign of the cross, before applying final touches to his painting. It is finally revealed that the painting is of Wayne himself crucified on a cross holding a mic in his left hand. The rather convoluted background includes a face, clouds and lightning, all toned in magnificent red. Wayne and Mars stare at the masterpiece as the video comes to an end. – Wikipedia

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Some Quotable Lyrics

Uh
With everything happening today
You don’t know whether you’re coming or going
But you think that you’re on your way
Life lined up on the mirror don’t blow it, woo.
Look at me when I’m talking to you
You looking at me but I’m looking through you
I see the blood in your eyes
I see the love in disguise
I see the pain hidden in your pride
I see you’re not satisfied
And I don’t see nobody else
I see myself I’m looking at the…

Mirror on the wall ([Wayne:] Ooh), here we are again ([Wayne:] Yeah)
Through my rise and fall ([Wayne:] Uh)
You’ve been my only friend ([Wayne:] Yeah)
You told me that they can understand the man I am
So why are we here talkin’ to each other again?
Get Full Lyrics Here


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