Man, it finally happened.
I’ve been waiting for years for credible sources to call out Lil Wayne (not just one song or performance, but his abilities as a rapper), but to no avail. Enter Carter IV reviews.
- We accepted last year’s duo of disappointments– the aggravated rock turn Rebirth and the unfocused stop-gap collection I Am Not a Human Being— because they were mere anomalies or appetizers. This summer’s Sorry 4 the Wait mixtape was passable, but slight compared to previous off-label bounties like Dedication 2,Da Drought 3, or No Ceilings. So while there hasn’t been much recorded evidence to support Wayne’s hip-hop supremacy over the last three years, Tha Carter IV was always going to be the true test. As such, it’s the rapper’s most unfulfilling and worrisome move in a long while. (http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/15770-tha-carter-iv/)
For me, he is everything that’s wrong with hip-hop: a mildly-talented, wannabe gangster, wannabe artist, record label puppet who finds so much substance in substances, money, sex and ignorant violence that he forgot what his point was. He brags about being nearly shot and killed (he shot himself) and going to prison (for possessing a gun he never intended on using).
It’s a shame that he’s garnered so much respect from some of the people whose music I love (or at one point loved), but if that’s the opposite extreme from constant rap killings, I can live with it.
I’m not an artist or a music reviewer (please read that Pitchfork review), but a life-long hip-hop fan. I was born in the era of hip-hop, and when I look back on that era I’d prefer to block out songs like Lollipop and Pussy, Money, Weed. It’s difficult to argue that this genre is about so much more than these things when someone like Lil Wayne makes it all about those things.
I can respect Lil Wayne for a few catchy featured verses, trying to broaden his own horizons (even if they did nothing for music’s), his old Hot Boyz stuff, being good to his fans and Having his own style; but that’s it. Nothing more. He’s taken away more from music than he’s given.
My 10 favourite Lil Wayne similes/metaphors in no particular order:
1. I’m Getting more cheese than macaroni
And I’m in more beef than beefaroni
2. I get puzzy like a dog.
3. I get money like a cash register.
4. You niggas can’t see me, I’m invisible.
5. I’m fly like an eagle.
6. I kill niggas like murder.
7. I carry big guns like I’m in Iraq.
8. I’m sick like I got a cold.
9. I’m a hustler like the magazine.
10. I’m a star like trek.