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Apologies & Dedications: Can Lil Wayne return to form?

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    Apologies & Dedications: Can Lil Wayne return to form?
    September 03, 2013
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    Lil Wayne is bored. After countless hits, sold out tours and a seemingly endless supply of freestyles and guest features he has entered a rare stage in his career. He’s content. Drake is preparing his carefully planned take over set to begin at the end of this month, Nicki has been making brave new moves career wise and musically while the third head of the Young Money/Cash Money Cerberus has been set on hanging back and giving less than 100%.

    That’s not to say Wayne has been completely wack, I Am Not A Human Being II saw him promise to try and bring back the aggressive spirit of the past and it mostly accomplished that. But in the eyes of the fickle hivemind of social media, anything Lil Wayne puts out is “recycle bin material”*. Dedication 4 was released a year ago and contained strong efforts like “No Worries” (which went on to become a hit on Top 50), “Same Damn Tune” and “Mercy”. It did nothing to quench the thirst of the hivemind that had already decided to be negative about the project.

    Critics complained about his obsessive need to rap about cunnilingus and his punchlines (which admittedly become grating on the tape but are entertaining nonetheless). D4 was but a view into the real culprit of Wayne’s issues. He was trying to grow with his audience instead of attempting to stay the course.

    As music has changed, Wayne has always been the outcast - when Hip Hop was calling for a new lyrical savior in 2008, Wayne chose to do a Rock album. Or when the south was breaking out of their regional shell in 2005, Wayne took southern sensibilities and morphed into a East Coast MC with a New Orleans edge. Lately Wayne has attempted to keep up with his younger fans.

    This generation is raunchy, just do a twitter search for an arbitrary word like ‘twerk’ and you can see the debauchery. Wayne has pretty much tried to match his style with a world that sees songs like “Bandz A Make Her Dance” rise to prominence with all audiences. We can’t blame him for attempting to be relevant, especially when it works. But critical perception is always tough to combat.

    Dedication 5 dropped a day ago after Wayne’s lightbulb moment of realizing that his critical perception has turned into apathy in most circles. Not nominated for a VMA or a BET Award (which mean about as much as the World Wrestling Entertainment Championship belt but I digress), he’s decided to go back to the basics. And by God it worked.

    Weezy has scrapped the punk rock lady killer act and returned to the paranoid, murder obsessed spitter that we know and love. His starting line on his flip of Drake’s “Started From The Bottom” : “Niggas wearing dresses and you call ME weird?” - encapsulates much of the complaints that he’s received since “Jeggingsgate” in 2011 while standing firm that he’s the original weirdo.

    He may not understand everything going on with the youth today, but he’s ready to bring back what made the fans that grew up with him love him again.

    In reality, the demographic he’s been trying to reach could learn a lot from the Wayne they see on D5. He’s loose and having fun again. Wayne has never been very good at making the low lyrical IQ “lifestyle music” that has taken over rap lately, he instead chooses to paint a macabre view of life as he sees it. He doesn’t trust his iPhone because he thinks that know-it-all Siri is working with the Feds, and even the leaned-out autotune Wayne returns on his reimagining of Future’s “Itchin” where he mixes raunch with his special brand of vivid and fatalistic food/death imagery (“Open her mind like a Watermelon” and “Killed that pussy and it came back alive”).

    Perhaps the biggest stand out on the mixtape is Wayne’s left field collaboration with Rookie Of The Year (so far) Chance The Rapper titled “You Song”. After letting Chance’s sing song flow take over, Wayne hops on the track with a confidence unseen since his wallet-chain days with Robin Thicke on “Shooter”. He stands firm cleaning “love bird shit” off of his windows, but steady in his resolve. He isn’t just trying to hang back and allow Rick Ross, Drake and any more new jacks body his songs. He wants to be the focal point of the conversation again.

    Wayne’s biggest critics are those who claim he’s strayed from the course when in reality he’s never had one. He’s always been weird and that’s why we love him. He has a gift of doing what he wants regardless of the vitriol, because when you believe you are the shit there are always people who will follow you. Like we believed in his “Best Rapper Alive” claims, I don’t think it’s going to be hard to trust that he’s going to be the most loved Rapper alive once again.

    *The “Recycle Bin” jokes in itself are a corny way to label music you don’t like. So you mean to tell me you spent 1-10 minutes downloading music from an artist you supposedly don’t like just to tell your imaginary Twitter friends that you deleted it? Yeah. Right.

    **While Drugs may or may not have given Wayne his most out there and imaginative stretch of his career, his rapping has always been virtuoso-like. You can’t take away a God given talent.

    Follow Me @OGJOHNNY5 and I will answer from jail with my cell phone. Get it?

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on September 03, 2013

Lil Wayne is bored. After countless hits, sold out tours and a seemingly endless supply of freestyles and guest features he has entered a rare stage in his career. He’s content. Drake is preparing his carefully planned take over set to begin at the end of this month, Nicki has been making brave new moves career wise and musically while the third head of the Young Money/Cash Money Cerberus has been set on hanging back and giving less than 100%.

That’s not to say Wayne has been completely wack, I Am Not A Human Being II saw him promise to try and bring back the aggressive spirit of the past and it mostly accomplished that. But in the eyes of the fickle hivemind of social media, anything Lil Wayne puts out is “recycle bin material”*. Dedication 4 was released a year ago and contained strong efforts like “No Worries” (which went on to become a hit on Top 50), “Same Damn Tune” and “Mercy”. It did nothing to quench the thirst of the hivemind that had already decided to be negative about the project.

Critics complained about his obsessive need to rap about cunnilingus and his punchlines (which admittedly become grating on the tape but are entertaining nonetheless). D4 was but a view into the real culprit of Wayne’s issues. He was trying to grow with his audience instead of attempting to stay the course.

As music has changed, Wayne has always been the outcast - when Hip Hop was calling for a new lyrical savior in 2008, Wayne chose to do a Rock album. Or when the south was breaking out of their regional shell in 2005, Wayne took southern sensibilities and morphed into a East Coast MC with a New Orleans edge. Lately Wayne has attempted to keep up with his younger fans.

This generation is raunchy, just do a twitter search for an arbitrary word like ‘twerk’ and you can see the debauchery. Wayne has pretty much tried to match his style with a world that sees songs like “Bandz A Make Her Dance” rise to prominence with all audiences. We can’t blame him for attempting to be relevant, especially when it works. But critical perception is always tough to combat.

Dedication 5 dropped a day ago after Wayne’s lightbulb moment of realizing that his critical perception has turned into apathy in most circles. Not nominated for a VMA or a BET Award (which mean about as much as the World Wrestling Entertainment Championship belt but I digress), he’s decided to go back to the basics. And by God it worked.

Weezy has scrapped the punk rock lady killer act and returned to the paranoid, murder obsessed spitter that we know and love. His starting line on his flip of Drake’s “Started From The Bottom” : “Niggas wearing dresses and you call ME weird?” - encapsulates much of the complaints that he’s received since “Jeggingsgate” in 2011 while standing firm that he’s the original weirdo.

He may not understand everything going on with the youth today, but he’s ready to bring back what made the fans that grew up with him love him again.

In reality, the demographic he’s been trying to reach could learn a lot from the Wayne they see on D5. He’s loose and having fun again. Wayne has never been very good at making the low lyrical IQ “lifestyle music” that has taken over rap lately, he instead chooses to paint a macabre view of life as he sees it. He doesn’t trust his iPhone because he thinks that know-it-all Siri is working with the Feds, and even the leaned-out autotune Wayne returns on his reimagining of Future’s “Itchin” where he mixes raunch with his special brand of vivid and fatalistic food/death imagery (“Open her mind like a Watermelon” and “Killed that pussy and it came back alive”).

Perhaps the biggest stand out on the mixtape is Wayne’s left field collaboration with Rookie Of The Year (so far) Chance The Rapper titled “You Song”. After letting Chance’s sing song flow take over, Wayne hops on the track with a confidence unseen since his wallet-chain days with Robin Thicke on “Shooter”. He stands firm cleaning “love bird shit” off of his windows, but steady in his resolve. He isn’t just trying to hang back and allow Rick Ross, Drake and any more new jacks body his songs. He wants to be the focal point of the conversation again.

Wayne’s biggest critics are those who claim he’s strayed from the course when in reality he’s never had one. He’s always been weird and that’s why we love him. He has a gift of doing what he wants regardless of the vitriol, because when you believe you are the shit there are always people who will follow you. Like we believed in his “Best Rapper Alive” claims, I don’t think it’s going to be hard to trust that he’s going to be the most loved Rapper alive once again.

*The “Recycle Bin” jokes in itself are a corny way to label music you don’t like. So you mean to tell me you spent 1-10 minutes downloading music from an artist you supposedly don’t like just to tell your imaginary Twitter friends that you deleted it? Yeah. Right.

**While Drugs may or may not have given Wayne his most out there and imaginative stretch of his career, his rapping has always been virtuoso-like. You can’t take away a God given talent.

Follow Me @OGJOHNNY5 and I will answer from jail with my cell phone. Get it?

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