Lil Wayne’s wild world
He’s one of the world’s most successful music artists, one of the most influential and one of the hardest to pin down. Ahead of Lil Wayne’s first-ever performance in Ireland, we look at the consistencies and the contradictions of the New Orleans rapper
Not content with just hip-hop, in 2010 Wayne released the mind-boggling rock album Rebirth. A bizarre concept from the start, Wayne didn’t pleasantly surprise pop critics, with the LA Times’s Jeff Weiss writing that the album “deserves its reputation as one of the worst albums of the year so far”.
On March 15th this year, Wayne was admitted to hospital suffering from seizures. Gossip website TMZ reported that he was in critical condition and had been read the last rites, while associate Mack Maine attempted to calm down fans’ panic by tweeting that the duo were watching a basketball game. What exactly happened that day is still unclear (it’s likely somewhere in the middle of TMZ and Maine’s assertions), but he was thankfully discharged just a few days later.
Wayne even contradicts himself in his lyrics from time to time. For example, he has veered wildly on his affinity for the bubbly. Having previously rapped “you had my chain, you beared my name, then we had champagne” on Let’s Talk, he made a U-turn, telling fans “I don’t drink champagne, it make my stomach hurt” on the track Bill Gates . A less trivial inconsistency came in 2010 though, when he went from stating that he “ain’t never killed nobody, I promise,” on the track Hustler Muzik to “I murder for fun” on Wish You Would.
Lil Wayne performs at the O2 on October 9th