Lil Wayne's Age is Still Unbelievable

Lil Wayne's age is one of the most impressive aspects of his legendary career. Having just turned 35 years young, Weezy has accomplished more in his 35 years of life so far than many of his peers will in a lifetime.

Lil Wayne Signs with Cash Money

Let's first consider the fact that Lil Wayne's age was just 12 years old when he signed his first record deal with Cash Money Records. To have a record deal with one of the most dominant labels in your city before you're even a teenager is an impressive feat. Add to the fact that he joined the Hot Boys at the age of 14 before he even started high school, and it's all the more impressive.

Lil Wayne Creates Bling Bling

At the age of 17, Lil Wayne created the phrase that would sweep the world for years to come: "bling bling." There was a point when no one in America could go a day without hearing someone use the word "bling," and Weezy was responsible.

Lil Wayne's First Platinum Record

Lil Wayne's age at the time of his first platinum record was 17 years old. So to put this in perspective, before Weezy could even legally smoke a cigarette, he had already released his debut record The Block is Hot, which would go on to sell 1.4 million copies worldwide to date.

Weezy Founds Young Money Records

Even against the advice of his mentor Birdman, Lil Wayne founded Young Money Records in the year of 2005, and the label imprint would ultimately go on to bring YMCMB as a whole to world dominance, with acts like Nicki Minaj and Drake. Lil Wayne's age at the time was 25 years old. So basically, Weezy founded his own company at the age of 25 that would go on to be the most successful record label imprint of the past two decades.

Lollipop, Lil Wayne's First #1 Hot 100 Hit

Lil Wayne's age was 26 at the time of the release of the Lollipop mega-hit. The song dominated radio waves for months, had parents singing to a song they didn't know the meaning to, and caused even more controversy (and jealousy) from 50 Cent. Many artists go their entire careers without a Billboard Top 100 #1, to have one at the age of 27 is special.

Tha Carter III Domination

The Carter 3 is one of the most significant rap albums in the past 20 years. It sold over one million copies in its first week of release, which was huge for a rapper to do at a time when no one was buying albums anymore. The album was also Weezy's first #1 on the Billboard 100. What was Lil Wayne's age for this feat? Only 26 years old.

12 Singles on the Hot 100 at the Same Time

Lil Wayne's age was 29 years old when he became the first solo artist EVER to have 12 appearances on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time. No solo act had ever achieved this number before, and only his protege Drake has since.

Lil Wayne Passes Elvis

In 2012 when Lil Wayne's age was 30 years old, he passed Elvis for most Billboard Hot 100 singles of all time with 109. (It's worth noting that Presley by far holds the lead for most singles by a lead act). Drake has since broken Weezy's record, but there Wayne goes again, breaking down barriers for his artists.

Lil Wayne's age continues to be an impressive aspect of his illustrious career. No rapper has done more from such a young age or kept the same consistency that Weezy has for the years following. The fact that he is only 35 now and still has years to add more to his life accomplishments in whatever arena he chooses, only bodes well for the Young Money New Orleans superstar.

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Complete List of Lil Wayne Albums

There are 11 total Lil Wayne albums in his iconic career, with hopefully many more on the way. Starting with Tha Block is Hot all the way back in 1999, ranging to the most recent 2016 effort of his Free Weezy Album (FWA). Weezy has sold over 100 million albums worldwide and supplied one of the most loyal of fan bases with consistent album output since he was 17 years old.

Lil Wayne's Latest Album: Free Weezy Album

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FWA was a massively underrated masterpiece. With many songs focused on love without being "love songs," FWA is one of Lil Wayne's most introspective and musically soothing works to date. Coming at a time of high pressure and an extremely unpredictable future, Weezy put in an emotionally raw effort that resulted in an incredible album. With songs like Living Right ft. Wiz Khalifa, and London Roads, there's a smooth artfulness to Weezy's flow and cadence that feel 1000% in sync with the beats.

Heavy horns on My Hear Races On and some great vocals from Bibi Bourelly on Without You, support Wayne's more emotional romance-centered songs to provide some real substance from the love angle that Weezy doesn't usually produce for an entire song. You'll have to get Tidal to listen to it, but it's absolutely worth every penny to hear it.

I Am Not a Human Being II

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IANAHB2 is an album that any real Lil Wayne fan will appreciate. It's full of Weezy's free-wheeling metaphors and similes that seemingly have no limits. Truthfully it was in a timeframe for Lil Wayne in which he wasn't as disciplined with his wordplay as he should have been.

He was almost bitten by his own poison by letting his figures of speech go so wild that many started to question them. It's a common problem for Weezy in this era of his work, including Sorry 4 the Wait and Tha Carter IV, not keeping a focused range on the metaphors and caused listeners to start to feel that he was choosing his rhymes in a lazy way. For example, in Gunwalk, Wayne rhymes "I can't fuck with these niggas, man these niggas gummy bears" and in Beat the Shit he rhymes "don't open ya mouth I'm a dentist." He also goes a little crazy with food references, such as "bust yo fucking grape nigga, turn yo ass to red wine."

However, the other side of that argument is that the lack of discipline in metaphor choice allowed Wayne to come up with some of his most creative lyrical moments. In Trippy Wayne rhymes "My skin crawling, my walls talking, the pictures in here looking at me. The ground moving, I'm seeing shit... I see lights flashing, lights passing, hot flashes, my tongue numb, I can't talk, no balance, my spine hurt, my mind surf, my eye jerk. I try different drugs, I'm diverse, goodbye Earth, farewell, high as Heaven, eyes low as Hell. Keep scratching, keep biting my nails, keep lighting the L's."

That style of "stream on consciousness rap" is one that only Lil Wayne can pull of in such a masterful way.

Tha Carter IV

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The Carter IV was a vastly underrated album, mainly because it came after Tha Carter III and had an impossible bill to live up to. Songs like 6' 7', Nightmares of the Bottom, President Carter, Two Shots, How to Hate, I Like the View, and It's Good, were all heavyweights that made this one of Wayne's best albums ever.

This album came out in a time when Lil Wayne hate started to become the popular thing to do, and unluckily for Weezy, the trend caught on like wildfire. However, some of the haters did have a point, which I mentioned above in the section about some of his rhymes being undisciplined. Lines like Blunt Blowin's "All about my riches, my name should be Richard" left more than a little to be desired from the second song on the most anticipated album of the year.

However, two lines later Weezy rhymes "Still got da vision like a line between two dots" and "yeah the tables turn but I'm still sitting at 'em." Later he raps "Why that? Why this? Why you on that Why shit? Motherfuckers ask me why I say 'YM!'".  And  in 6'7', Weezy spits too many legendary rhymes to even begin singling any out, as it would absolutely lead to me typing out the entire lyrics.

Overall, this is an outstanding album that never gets the credit it deserves.

I Am Not a Human Being

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IANAHB is one of the most fun albums Wayne has ever made. Classic hits like Single, Gonorrhea, and Right Above It were pounding through the clubs during all of 2010. Lines like "Skinny pants and some vans, call me Triple A get my advance and advance" kept fan singing Lil Wayne songs without a break from Tha Carter III to No Ceilings to IANAHB.

With You is a nice change up from the love song angle which provided an interesting preview to what a Lil Wayne + Drake collaboration album could have looked like.


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Rebirth is one of the most hated on albums of all time, while at the same time being one of the most creative, innovative, and just plain entertaining rap albums of all time. There were major problems with it, but there were still plenty of high quality songs that made it better than almost any other rap album that came out in 2010.

I'm still of the belief that One Way Trip was one of the best songs that came out in 2010. The opening from Weezy "Beat the beat up till the beat get punch drunk, drown in my flow motherfucker bring ya swimming trunks. Everybody say they just do it, well I just don't. Times may change motherfucker but the gun don't." Later he brings the heat with "It's fucked up how you ain't never me. I got blind money, money you will never see. And only in the mirror's where you find a better me. I make money and my fingers make the letter B. I am very sick. Very sicker than you. And when I play sick, I'm Jordan with the flu."

Fan favorites like Knockout and Drop the World were commercial hits, but even the more experimental rock influences songs like Paradice, Da Da Da, and I'll Die for You were great songs that real Lil Wayne fans loved.

Tha Carter III

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What is there to say about Tha Carter III? One of the greatest rap albums of all time, it propelled Wayne into rap legend status and sold over a million copies in the first week. Hip Hop classics such as A Milli, Lollipop, Mr. Carter, La La, Let the Beat Build, and many others, put this album in a class of its own, probably the best rap album of its decade.

When the world eventually crowns Lil Wayne as the Greatest Rapper of All Time, this will be the album they reference.

Tha Carter II

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Tha Carter II is Lil Wayne's most southern rap album, and one that many feel is the most "true Weezy." This was the album where he told the world that he was coming for the title of Best Rapper Alive, and from this album on, he took no prisoners. When I listen to this album, I picture a young Jordan before winning a title, feeling hunger and fire in his stomach and knowing championships lay in the horizon.

The second Carter is a smash mouth rap album with force and fury. Great bluesy guitar feels a times, a soulful collaboration with Robin Thicke on Shooter, it manages to mix different styles and flows while still keeping a consistent structure throughout the whole album.

Wayne is an assassin on Hit Em Up, a smooth crooner on Hustler Musik, a Jamaican style king on Mo Fire, and a southern G with Money on My Mind.

This album will make you see some comparisons to later albums and wonder about the criticisms leveled at Weezy later in his career. Lines like "Dear Mr. Toilet, I'm the shit. Got these other haters pissed cuz my toilet paper thick" are what gave Wayne his massive fan base. He follows it up with "But trip in that 40, make a chip out of a potato head whip and then like ranch I dip." Those two lines are classic favorites, but if they were done in 2013, it seems like fans wouldn't appreciate them. It could be because people want to see more progression and variety.

Tha Carter

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Tha Carter was Lil Wayne's true coming out party as solo star. With one of his biggest hits ever, Go DJ, Lil Wayne hit radio waves and was there to stay. Other hits BM J.R. and I Miss My Dawgs, Weezy left no doubt that he had the potential to command space on the main stage of hip hop. Lesser known treats like Walk In, We Don't,  and Bring it Back make it a complete project worthy of fans love.

500 Degreez

This Lil Wayne album was a 21 song effort laden with jazzy southern beats, typical of the late 90's and Weezy's New Orleans surroundings. Manny Fresh is frequently heard on the tracks providing vocal back up, and a dynamic element to the production. Wayne's fast spitting flow is in it's prime here. Gangsta Shit ft. Petey Pablo features a lightning fast Weezy, even making a stylish mention of "Wipe Me Down" about 10 years before the future Lil Webbie hit.

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The album is representative of the school of hip hop that existed before the shift over to the early 2000's with the leadership of Nelly and Jay Z.

Lights Out

Get Off the Corner is certainly the best and most well known song from the album. Wayne takes the beat hostage and doesn't let up until the last second ticks off the track. It's a very young Weezy that many modern day Lil Wayne fans may not know, but the album is worth a listen for a lesson in the history of our beloved Weezy.


Lil Wayne's First Album: Tha Block is Hot

The Block is Hot is Lil Wayne's first solo album. There was plenty of support from other Hot Boyz B!G, Turk and Juvenille, as well as plenty of appearances from the Big Tymers. For his first solo album ever, this album is a nice throwback. No Lil Wayne fan's education is complete without a listen to this album. Fuck the World is a raw and emotional southern rap ballad, styled after the soulful artists of New Orleans and Houston at they time. Overall, it's an entertaining album, from a young and hungry future legend.


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Who is Lil Wayne's Daughter?

Lil Wayne's daughter is Reginae Carter ("Nae") who was born when he was 16 years old. Reginae was born to Wayne and his former wife Toya Wright. She spent her early life growing up in New Orleans and later moved to Atlanta with her mom.

Reginae has been an outspoken supporter of Lil Wayne in many situations, most recently when T.I. went on Instagram to bash Weezy about his Black Lives Matter comments. Reginae has also been one of the first people along with Mack Maine to squash untrue rumors about Lil Wayne's health, as well keeping people informed when Weezy is okay and feeling well after seizures and other scares.

With today's celebrity kids being known for causing controversy and blowing up social media for all the wrong reasons, Reginae Carter is a shining example of what the child of a celebrity should look like. She's always the first to stick up for her dad, and she has never been anything but a glowing extension of Lil Wayne himself. She was even featured on Tha Carter V on the song "Famous." She recorded a beautiful hook for the song about Fame and it's glamour and downsides. Lil Wayne said she recorded the hook when she was 15, so she must have been itching for the world to hear it for the last 5 years while the album has been delayed due to label issues.

Reginae is rumored to be dating Atlanta YFN Lucci. The two are both residents of Atlanta and have exchanged heartfelt messages on Instagram. However, just as easily as relationships come in the hip-hop world, they go just as fast, as Reginae is rumored to have dumped YFN Lucci in September. No matter what happened we're sure Reginae will be moving on to bigger and better things as she certainly has a huge amount of potential to be successful in life, especially when you pair that with all of the opportunities that come with being the daughter of Lil Wayne.



Lil Wayne News

Where is the best place to find Lil Wayne news?


The best website by far for Lil Wayne news has to be They report many of their stories before the major outlets and often have exclusive photos of private events and parties. They also keep an up to date record of new Weezy songs and features that outpaces any other music site on the web.


MTV may not play enough music videos, but they're still one of the leaders of the pack when it comes to online music news. Their large staff of writers and access to major events allows them the ability to write meaningful content about the music industry. MTV has maintained a pretty favorable view of Weezy throughout time, even partially deserving credit for rating him the Hottest Emcee in the game in 2007 and sparking quite a conversation at the time.


HotNewHipHop keeps their ear to the ground when it comes to rap and hip hop news, and their Lil Wayne news certainly doesn't lack. When it comes to rumors on release dates, news on features, or updates to new Lil Wayne albums, is certainly a go-to source for LilWayne news.

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Last but not least don't forget to always check us here at We try to write interesting pieces that others aren't writing about, mostly from the perspective of a Weezy fan. We try to be objective and call Weezy out when he needs it, but the world has enough Lil Wayne haters, we're just trying to put them in their place.

Why Lil Wayne Doesn't Want His Bags Checked: Straight from Him

In track 14 from Lil Wayne's Dedication 3 Mixtape titled "the Do's and Don'ts of Young Money," Weezy explains exactly why he doesn't want any establishments asking to check his bags.

In the skit, Lil Wayne says:

"Man I hate.... Don't you ask to check nothing of mine. If I'm coming into your place of business, and you scheduled for me to be there, bitch I don't have to be there. I have a very nice home. You understand? And I... I... Boy look here. Just don't be trying to check me dude. I ain't trying to steal or hurt nobody in any of them places. Man I am rich as a motherfucker. That's the last thing I want is a confrontation or problem. I am trying to... I am trying... Son, don't check me."

After Weezy recently disappointed fans when he refused to perform at a South Carolina concert because security wouldn't allow him the exception of not going through the security checkpoint, many people are now questioning why Wayne wouldn't go though the check.

Most are linking his policy to his 2007 gun arrest in New York City, but you don't have to listen to many Weezy songs to hear references to what he keeps in those bags, and not many of them are legal.

Lil Wayne has been getting away with avoiding security checks for years, and I must say I agree with the logic that he has employed in his Dedication 3 skit. However, in the age of heightened security we live in today with terrorist attacks and mass shootings, you have to wonder if Weezy will continue to be able to stick to his old policy.

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Lil Wayne's New Song "Like a Man" Just Set 2017 on FIRE

Lil Wayne just released a new song that is one of his best songs of 2017 so far. Weezy always has such a great ability to make a song have pop appeal while still being authentic rap. On his new collaboration with ONHEL, Wayne tears the beat up with his blazing rhymes that are reminiscent of Dedication 5 Weezy.

He ups some old concepts, such as being a martian, by rapping about buying up all the property on Mars, and also uses one of his best lines from Curren$y's "Fat Albert" track, which was one of Lil Wayne's best verses of 2016. If you're looking for some refreshed faith in Weezy for 2017 and beyond, this track certainly won't let you down.

I also love Lil Wayne rapping over EDM beats and think he should do it more often. (Case and point, his performance on Grindin from the upcoming Tha Carter 5 Lil Wayne album). This song shows his mastery of any style of beat, and the EDM world should look out if he decides to start taking on more electronically influenced projects.

Songs like this make me excited about making "the best Lil Wayne songs of 2017" post which will be coming soon. Until then, enjoy this beast of a track and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Lil Wayne is Officially a Better Label Boss than Rick Ross

Rick Ross came out in an interview with the Breakfast Club and gave an off-the-cuff answer about why there are no females on MMG:

“I’m so focused on my business, you know, I gotta be honest with you. She's looking good, I'm spending so much money on her photo shoots. I gotta f**k a couple of times.”

This comment sickens me. How many photo shoots has Ross paid for for Wale, Meek Mill, Gunplay, or Rocky Fresh? How many studio sessions, promo parties, producers, or featured artists on tracks has he paid for? So how many times has he asked one of them to fuck him?

It's an unacceptable comment coming from a person who has rapped about using drugs to rape women, and also been accused of pistol-whipping a contractor doing work outside of his luxurious home.

The hip-hop world has never been a place of 100% equality. Male rappers rap about women in a degrading way the majority of the time, and for the most part female rappers rhyme about the same things. Take Young M.A.'s new track as a perfect example.

But in 2017, should we really still be letting people like Rick Ross keep the state of hip-hop stuck being so sexist and pathetic? Women who want to hip-hop need to feel empowered and have the full support of their bosses, not have to look over their shoulder and worry about when they're going to try and sexually assault them.

Take this post I wrote last month about Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj's relationship.  Nicki has nothing but nice and near worshipping comments to make about Weezy. From her time of being signed to Young Money Lil Wayne has been nothing but a mentor and virtual big brother.

Rick Ross may think he's keeping up his "boss" image and seeming like a "pimp to these hoes" by making comments like those he made at the Breakfast Club, but in reality, he's revealing his true nature as an asshole, and helping keep in place a sexist structure in hip-hop that should have died in the 90's.

Lil Wayne Went from Tattoo Ban to Being a Tattoo on Drake

Remember when Lil Wayne forbid Drake to get a tattoo?

"Whatever, man, whatever you do, do not get no tattoos never in your life. Don't change yourself, please."

According to Drake, that's what Weezy told him when he visited him in Riker's Island Prison in 2010.

Flash forward 7 years and Drake now has a tattoo of Lil Wayne's face on his left tricep.


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A lot can certainly change in 7 years. Drake has gone in and out of two beefs with Nicki Minaj, as well as a majorly hyped back and forth with Meek Mill. Wayne has also had his fair share of drama, with everything that's gone on with his law suit against Cash Money Records and his long delayed Carter 5 album.

But one thing that's remained the same, Lil Wayne and Drake's relationship has remained strong. Despite a supposed small disruption when Drake slept with Lil Wayne's ex girlfriend while he was in prison, the duo have kept their personal and business relationships healthy and prosperous.

Maybe part of the reason Drake got the tattoo was to make the commitment to himself to always remain loyal to Weezy. It can be difficult once you get success to always give credit where credit is due, especially when someone is taking a cut of all your paychecks and you already feel like you've paid your dues.

Another reason could be Drake's increasing move towards an image of someone with a bit more of a hard exterior. Drake has bulked up in recent years, accompanied with the buzz cut hairstyle and the more edgy facial hair. Although his appearance has gotten a bit edgier, tattoos included, Drake's music hasn't exactly shifted that way. As evidence, his last album was even criticized as being a bit too reflective and apologetic.

Either way, Drake is sending a serious message to the world of hip hop and beyond with this monstrous tattoo of Lil Wayne's face. The world is reminded that Lil Wayne and Drake are still a one-two punch that aren't going anywhere, anytime soon.

4 FWA Lil Wayne Songs that Make Tidal Worth It

If you've never had a Tidal subscription, you may have never listened to the Free Weezy Album (FWA.) Let me tell you, you are definitely missing out.

FWA is one of the best Lil Wayne albums ever released, don't believe the downplayed reviews that underestimate any Lil Wayne song that was released after 2010, this album is complete fire.

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Yes I know the album was released over two years ago, but it's an album that will stay with you. For me, the album has a personal spot. For my 24th birthday I went to Las Vegas and I was going through some seriously emotional issues at the time. The album dropped my 2nd night there and from that point on, I dropped every single worry that was on my mind and ended up having one of the best times of my entire life.

You may or may not care about my personal experience with the Free Weezy Album, but you should care about giving this album the listening time it deserves and checking out a few of the best tracks.

  1. Living Right - Lil Wayne ft. Wiz Khalifa

This is one of the smoothest and cleanest Lil Wayne songs of all time. His voice is in optimum peak with a mix of crisp and croaky that only Weezy can master. Wiz's verse is worth note as well, but Wayne's performance on this track alone makes this track a work of art that will most definitely stand out at the end of his career as one of the most enjoyable to listen to.

2. London Roads - Lil Wayne

This London produced gem is a steady and emotional pounding of Lil Wayne rhymes that will captivate you from the first beat. The tone is dark and Weezy's focus is tight, the rhymes are all relevant and tied together. This is the style of rap from Lil Wayne that shows how he can rap quickly without being in a hurry. He raps fast to give the flow life, but he takes enough time and space to give the lines room to breath. It's pure mastery from beginning to end.

3. My Heart Races On - Lil Wayne ft. Jake Troth

A heavy jazz influence on this track with horns a plenty, Wayne takes over this song from the beginning and keeps the tempo racing throughout the track. The hook is classic and raw from Jake Troth and a classic and clear piano track. You can hear the emotion and passion in this track, and as Weezy does, he keeps his pitch constantly moving to match the intensity of the beat and keep the listener engaged. It's a true standout from the album.

4. Post Bail Ballin' - Lil Wayne ft. Young Jeezy

This beat should be worth a million dollars. No idea how much it went for since most of the contributions to FWA were given up free of charge due to Lil Wayne's contract situation with Cash Money. Nonetheless, this track is fire from the first sample. Weezy and Jeezy always put out Mike Tyson level heavyweight performances when they're on tracks together and this track is no exception. Don't feel ashamed to loop this track for at least 13 times in a row to let it's infectious rhythm take the full effect.

If these four Lil Wayne tracks aren't enough to get you to try at least a trial version of Tidal, I don't know what is. To be perfectly clear about how much I love this album, I'm getting ABSOLUTELY NO compensation for writing this post. (I don't even think Tidal has an affiliate program much to my dismay.) But I still feel this strongly about these songs and this album so if you haven't heard it yet GO LISTEN TO IT NOW.

You won't regret it. #weezysthegoat

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How Old is Lil Wayne?

Lil Wayne's is 35 years old, as of today, and his birthday is September 27th, 1982.

Lil Wayne's age is one of the things that has made his career so impressive. To have had so much success on such a massive scale before his 30th birthday, Weezy will always be looked at as a legend in rap.

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Anytime you have trouble remembering how old Lil Wayne is, just remember this classic line from Leather So Soft:

"It was 9/27... '82, baby due, Charity Hospital, a.k.a. the City Zoo."

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Lil Wayne's age is still impressive today, even at the age of almost 35. He's accomplished more in his career by his mid thirties than most artists do before 50. And to have a roster of successful signees that he's personally groomed be just as successful? That's something most artists only dream about. Jay-Z may have J. Cole and Rihanna on his label, but the success that Nicki Minaj and Drake have had under Weezy are unmatched by any major star of the past decade.

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Let's hope that maybe this year for Lil Wayne's 35th birthday we can get a taste of the Carter 5 as a much delayed birthday present.

Again, it's so impressive to think about how old Lil Wayne is, considering that the ages of all the "new school" stars who have come up after him are roughly in the same range. The fact that Weezy still has 5 years to put out a few more classic albums before he even turns 40?! That's really incredible.

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When Will the Carter 5 be Released?

We've all been waiting years now for Tha Carter V to be released. From back in 2014 when people like Kobe Bryant were hyping the release tweeting hashtags with "Carter 5 Season" and teasing photos of potential album covers.

(This post is outdated. Tha Carter V has been released and you can read our full review here)

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Here we are now halfway through 2017 and still no Carter 5. We know it exists, thanks to several producers and the now infamous Martin Shkreli, but will the Carter 5 release date be in 2017 at all? Will it even be in this decade? Many people compare the Carter 5 to Dr. Dre's notoriously mythical Detox album. There is a major difference between those two albums though. Detox was always clouded in mystique and rumor. Certain artists, including Lil Wayne himself, would supposedly be writing for it, and then supposedly someone was working on a feature for it, but we never saw any hardcore proof leading up to a release.

The Carter V is completely different. We've had singles released, we've had a music video for Krazy, and we've had confirmations from many in the industry that the unseen Lil Wayne album is locked and loaded, ready to hit the release button. The problem this entire time has been Lil Wayne's contract situation with Cash Money Records.

Weezy has claimed that he had the Tha Carter V ready to deliver to Cash Money for mass distribution, but that at the time of the scheduled delivery he still had not been paid a $7 million advance that he was owed for the delivery of it. We can assume that Wayne was operating in good faith that the advance would eventually be paid when he recorded the album.

Since then, we've seen a $51 million lawsuit and allegations from Lil Wayne that he hasn't been receiving his owed royalties from Cash Money for his signees Drake and Nicki Minaj. He's also alleged that Birdman has blown huge chunks of money from Universal Music Group that was supposed to go back into the YMCM business, in order to pay and develop new and existing signees.

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Lil Wayne announced at a show back in April that the Carter 5 is coming soon. But after years of broken promises, most likely not his fault, I think we've crossed into "fool me once, fool me twice" territory on Weezy promising release dates. And "soon" is a very ambiguous timeframe. Birdman has also promised the project will be released this year, but if he really had that control, wouldn't the album have been released at the height of all this drama and hype surrounding Tha Carter V?

Instead, Wayne just released a four-track project called In Tune We Trust that was most likely some leftovers from the upcoming Dedication 6 with DJ Drama. Drama has been promising the Dedication 6 for a while, but you have to remember that DJ Drama is not objective when it comes to Wayne releasing that particular project. I'm not saying that Drama would do anything to intentionally screw over Weezy in the least, but you have to know that if he can do anything to build excitement around a Dedication 6 that can convince Wayne it's a project he needs to release, he most certainly will.

But even so, we will most likely see a Dedication 6 within the next two months. And hopefully we will see the promised Funeral project come after that. How it will be released remains to be revealed. Will it be released as a Tidal exclusive under the Young Money Entertainment umbrella just as FWA was? Or will Wayne have a deal worked out with Jay Z and Roc Nation by then?

None the less, every time some speculation about a new Wayne project starts, the most common thing I hear from Weezy fans is "WHERE IS THA CARTER 5???" So far we're all holding out hope. Wayne's camp likes to release things in the summer, so maybe if we're being optimistic we can expect a Carter V release date of around June 2018, but that is of course optimistic. A lot of things need to happen between now and then to make that happen.

However, we're presumably just one court ruling away from the freedom of Tha Carter 5, so if that happens we could see Wayne release it through some sort of Young Money/Roc Nation joint venture as soon as he wants.

One thing is for certain, Weezy fans have been very loyal waiting this whole thing out. Let's hope we're all still alive to enjoy Tha Carter V once it's actually released.

New Lil Wayne Music is Here

No more waiting, new Lil Wayne music is here! The news broke today when Weezy posted a tracklist on Instagram containing snippets of four new songs.

That post, along with a post from DJ Drama, got Twitter abuzz speculating about whether the tracks were from the promised soon to be released Dedication 6, or some other project. Weezy says it the captions it's just new tracks for his fans for being so patient and loyally waiting for Tha Carter 5.

Then a few hours later, Tune posted two separate links to YouTube and Soundcloud with the four new full-length songs. Loyalty is by far my personal favorite and it features Lil Wayne at a scorching level that is definitely what you expect from the Best Rapper Alive.

The four new tracks show a new strategy of promotion from Wayne. Usually, Weezy teases a project by talking about it in interviews and promising that it's coming "real soon," which could be as long as 6 months to a year. Then before the project is actually released he posts a picture and then a single a few days to a week before the project is released.

If you remember back to FWA, Wayne released Glory about a week before the album was released to build the hype, and then the album came out on July 4th (perfect timing for me since I was in the middle of my first trip to Las Vegas).

But this release is different. Four tracks at one time, released for free online, is the most Wayne has ever released at once to promote a new mixtape or album. But this is 2017 and people's attention spans are not what they were in 2009. It's tough to keep people hooked on your line of news when all you give them is one single, whether it's as dope as Glory or not.


Wayne releasing these four tracks all at once on YouTube and Soundcloud shows that someone in his camp is starting to figure out how to keep up with promotion and distribution in a way that can compete with the hyper release-crazed Future and Young Thugs of the world. Four tracks give people four times as many things to talk about related to the potential trending topic of "Lil Wayne."

It's great news for Lil Wayne fans everywhere that we finally have some new music to enjoy. So far there's not a lot of autotune on the tracks either, so the "Mixtape Weezy" fans who've been clamoring for less autotune for years just might get some of what they're looking for.

Go check out the four new tracks, and make sure you check out Loyalty.

Lil Wayne Gets Biggest Response at Gucci Mane's Birthday Bash

Gucci Mane recently had a huge birthday bash in Atlanta to celebrate another being alive, and out of prison. The show was full of special guests including Migos, 2 Chainz, Nicki Minaj, and more. However, no guest equaled the response Weezy did when his laying down entrance came to the stage.

His mini-set was energetic and in the sections when most rappers struggle to have fans know their lyrics well enough to hold the mic to them and let them sing a bar, the massive crowd could be heard filling up the arena every time Wayne pointed the mic to the crowd during his verses.

Steady Mobbin was predictably a huge success, however, I was personally disappointed that Oh Lord wasn't included in the set, seeing as how Lil Wayne and Gucci both killed that song.

(Oh Lord was included in our list of the Best Lil Wayne Songs of 2016)

Maybe we can get it into next year's birthday bash.

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Nicki Minaj's Relationship with Lil Wayne

"And I just signed a chick named Nicki Minaj."

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That line from Da Drought 3's masterpiece "Upgrade," an incredible freestyle of Beyonce ft. Jay Z's original single, was the first time most Lil Wayne fans ever heard of the now legendary Queens native rapper. Later on the mixtape, Nicki could be heard spitting her signature New York-style flow on "Can't Stop Won't Stop," in which Nicki rapped "He be Harry Potter and I be Hermione."

The relationship has only gotten better from there. And judging by success, comparing Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj to the world famous Harry Potter and Hermione Granger is a pretty accurate comparison.

According to Nicki, her first meeting with Lil Wayne went as follows:

"He saw me on the (Come Up) DVD and he said 'I gots to have that girl.' And he met me! I mean, who doesn't take a flight when Weezy F. Baby's on the phone? I hopped on the flight and met him. We had a long talk about business, and he was very serious. He said I want you to be down, and that's what he did. Then we started recording."

Soon after, a star was born. Nicki Minaj has gone on to have 3 platinum albums since her debut, selling over 8 million copies worldwide. She has been featured on the albums of superstars ranging from Beyonce to Kanye West, and she has been the highest profile female rapper by light years in the last decade.

As far as why Lil Wayne was so excited by signing her, in 2008 Nicki said:

"I think he, as well as everybody else, realizes that there's a drought in the game right now, as far as female rappers. So, he's at his height right now, and it's only right that he introduces a brand new female to the game."

Nicki, however, is not the only female Weezy has tried to put on. Unsuccessful attempts at bringing up Shanell and Chanel West Coast were both unsuccessful. Christina Milian had limited success under the Young Money Umbrella, but she already had her own fame from her successful past. The point is, Nicki Minaj was never a "token female artist" or an attempt at a gimmick to balance out the male dominated Young Money roster. For a time, along with Lil Wayne and Drake, Nicki WAS the roster.

There's no doubt that without the accomplishments, hard work, and well-deserved star power of Nicki Minaj, that Young Money, or YMCMB as a whole for that matter, would never have reached the New York Yankees status it reached with her.

Without Nicki, Young Money would have looked more like Batman and Robin for a while, with a probable eventual power struggle between Wayne and Drake for who continued to be Batman. But thanks to the counter balance of Nicki Minaj, Young Money was never viewed solely as a breeding ground of competition, it was viewed as The Empire.

Lil Wayne accomplished a rare feat in being at the absolute top of his game and choosing the perfect time to roll out new artists and allow his shine to help them come up.

Speaking about the effect Lil Wayne had on her career and how he helps her step her game up, Nicki said:

"Because he works so fucking hard. He shows me that no matter how hot you think you are. You can't (stop working). You have to keep that chokehold on the game because there's always somebody itching and ready to take your spot. And he works like it's his first day on the job, and I love that about him. It always inspires me like 'Damn, if Weezy is going this hard, I gotta step my game up.' Because I'm nowhere close to where he is."

That example and inspiration from Weezy has helped Nicki Minaj to become not only a household name, but an internationally known celebirty with a fan base of "barbz" as loyal as they come.

Check out Nicki's full interview with Jabari Johnson here.

The relationship between Nicki and Wayne has always been one of mutual love and respect. When speaking to MTV about their video shoot for her single High School, Nicki said, "Not only is he my boss, but he's also like my brother." She went on to say that while Wayne was being "crazy and funny" during the video shoot, teasing her, he also "refused to touch me, he's so respectful. He's a southern gentleman."

In rare behind the scenes moments of Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj hanging out, you get glimpes of what looks like two college students who are great friends, have sexual chemistry, and tease each other about it all the time, while trying not to cross the line.

In the video below, you can hear Nicki saying "This is a prime example of how he's just a regular boy and treats me like a regular girl."

Apparently Nicki was asking for some assurances of creative freedom as far as being able to do guest appearances, because Wayne responds "You can hop on anything you want. Pause. You can get on anything you want. Any song you want. Album, record, mixtape." Nicki: "Reallyyyyy?" Wayne: "Yeah. Yeah."

Nicki goes on to give a small speech about how Lil Wayne is the greatest and every other rapper in the game should get down on their knees to say thank you because he showed them all how to do it. That's some intense reverence and respect for her label boss, and friend.

In many instances since these, the love and respect have only gotten stronger. Nicki has brought Weezy out on stage at multiple shows, reiterated her love for him on Instagram multiple times, and continuously repeated the fact that he is "the Best Rapper Alive."

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Seeing a relationship such as this one stay so strong through 9 years of ups and downs, in an industry that can be as cut-throat as they come, makes Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj fans very happy, and at least a little bit proud.

Here's to a happy 10 year reunion next year, and many more platinum records to come.

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Lil Wayne Needs to Drop the Rockstar/Diva Act

They say never meet your heroes. And that's supposed to apply to your favorite music artists as well.

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One thing that I've always loved about Lil Wayne is that I've never heard a publicized story of him snubbing a fan, denying someone a photo, or just being plain rude. That's not to say it never happens, but a story like that has never happened in such a bad way that he's caught a bad rap for it.

But Weezy's latest incident in which he calls for his "goon squad" to approach the stage to intimidate his audience crosses the line. Why Lil Wayne would let his ego be so hurt by one ignorant fan that he would show off his pack of goons to an otherwise worshipping crowd of fans is beyond me.

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The backstory is that a fan in an April Idaho show threw a drink on stage and nearly hit Weezy. Wayne then called his "goon squad" to intimidate the crowd, and then ended the show early.

Is that fan ignorant? Of course. Do they deserve to be kicked out by security? Absolutely. But did that entire building of Weezy fans deserve to be robbed of the show they paid for with their hard earned money because of his stupidity? Absolutely not!

The fans weren't given a chance to point out the culprit, they weren't given the chance to ostracize the jerk. No, they were shown the goon squad, and then the door. Plus, no REAL Lil Wayne fan would risk ending a performance of A Milli. It's by far many Lil Wayne fans' favorite song.

How about an even worse example of Lil Wayne's newfound love for being a rockstar drama queen? In July of last year when Weezy was performing at the Cannabis Cup High Times concert in San Bernadino, CA, he ended a show after three minutes with no reason given.

He started complaining about how the crowd of stoners (someone with which he should truly understand) wasn't active enough. Then after a few complaints inaudible to the audience and apparently telling the promoters not to ever call him to do a show again, he ended the show.

A show that fans paid for an entire hour of Lil Wayne performing, ended after three minutes because Lil Wayne was upset.

There are many other moments of fan outrage in the past two years. They all started in 2015 during Wayne's tour after the release of Sorry 4 the Wait 2. A string of shows was booked as Lil Wayne "shows" but many were only "club appearances" in actuality.

Many of the events had fans waiting for up to three hours for Wayne to appear and then only to do one or two songs.

Imagine you being that die hard Lil Wayne fan waiting from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. for your favorite rapper to show up, only for him to sip some champagne and perform one song. You'd be pretty pissed huh?

There are stories just like those, ranging from being three hours late to a show in Richmond to being an hour and a half late to a show at the University of Florida, in which people who paid $80 a pop for floor seats started booing the stage and demanding refunds.

Or how about the show where Wayne ended it early because of a fight with the DJ? Were fans responsible for that?

Are we just supposed to accept now that Lil Wayne is a diva?

I don't bring all this up to bash Lil Wayne. I love the guy, and this is a Lil Wayne fansite, not a slamsite. But someone needs to stick up for the fans and tell Wayne the truth. Lil Wayne has one of the most loyal fanbases in the world. The only evidence you need of that is sales of the Carter 3 & 4, download counts of his mixtapes on Datpiff, and the volume of fans at his sold out shows.

Weezy, you're a star, everyone knows it. You have nothing left to prove. Please stop disrespecting your fan base before you don't have any fans left. You're already asking fans to be patient during an over 2 year period without the album you hyped up more than any. You're asking us to support you financially by buying tickets to these shows.

The least you could do is give us the full shows that we pay for, even if one idiot throws one drink at you.

What happened to you having no worries?

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Drake is Wrong, Lil Wayne is the Father of Hashtag Rap

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Drake caused quite the controversy back in 2012 when he inadvertently claimed that Big Sean invented what is now known as "hashtag rap." The main source of the controversy was Ludacris' reaction to Drizzy's not-so-subliminal diss by saying that rappers who had recently started using Big Sean's "Supa Dupa Lemonade flow" should just stop. He referenced Luda's "It's a parade... Macy's!" line from his 2010 hit with Nicki Minaj, which admittedly was a weak effort on an already rich and famous Ludacris' part.

Refresh your memory of the Drake vs. Ludacris beef here:

Drake's quote from about the hashtag rap flow:

"Well, that flow has been killed by so many rappers. And, I never want to use that flow again in life. [Laughs] I wanted to take if off my album, because I was like, “I shut ‘em down. Onyx.” I hate the fact that that rhyme is still in there. To be honest, that flow, you can trace it back to like…, I trace it back to Big Sean (artist on Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music). That’s the first guy I heard utilize that flow throughout the duration of a verse. I'’ll give him that credit. I think Kanye got it from him. Me and Wayne found a dope way to do it. I don’t want to sound cocky, but the best way its been used was on “Forever.” Those lines just all individually make so much sense. They’re all punchlines. Then a bunch of rappers started doing it and using the most terrible references in the world. I don’t want to offend somebody…I hate that rappers picked that flow up. I wish they had left that for people that know how to use it. [They go like] “It’s a parade! MACY’S!”"

In Ludacris' diss track response to Drake and Sean's comments, he samples a whole range of rappers over the years using the hashtag flow, including himself when he was very, very young. The point of the song was to show how long the flow had existed, and how silly it was that Drake was so ignorant as to all Big Sean the innovator of it.

But one name that never came up in all of that arguing was Lil Wayne's. Wayne never injected himself into the conversation stating "I was doing that before Big Sean" or "Give me credit for my hip hop innovation." On the contrary, Weezy never made a peep. It was just another example of the humility that we have seen from Lil Wayne throughout his career. But since Weezy never said anything, allow me to do it for him here.

The whole Hip Hop World knows the influence that Lil Wayne had from 2005-on with his brilliant use of similes and metaphors. Before Weezy, hip-hop was in a state of constant bragging and fact spitting. It didn't matter if what you said was true or not, the more stuff you said you had in a song, the cooler you were.

Take Ludacris' "Southern Hospitality" an absolute hip-hop classic:

"Cadillac grills, Cadillac mills, check out the oil my Cadillac spills.... Check out the hoes my Cadillac fills.... 2o inch wide, 20 inch high, hoe don't ya like my 20 inch ride.... Pretty ass clothes, pretty ass hoes, oh I how I love these pretty ass hoes."

Now, I'm not cherry picking here to say Luda never used a metaphor or simile. But rappers before Wayne just didn't have the imagination to see just how crazy a song could become by exploring their full potential. Luda's verse from above is all describing and talking about how glamorous the life of a rapper is.

How 'bout 50 Cent's "In Da Club":

"When I pull up out front you see the Benz don't do, when I roll 20 deep there's 20 nine's in the club. Niggas heard I fuck with Dre now they show me love, when you sound like Eminem in the halls they wanna fuck.... When you watch how I move you mistake me for a playa or pimp. I've been hit with a few shells but I don't walk with a limp."

Again, an absolute classic of a song, and one that dominated the radio for an entire year. But the song is a whole lot of describing. 50 was one of the best at telling everyone why he's so much cooler than them. He embodied being a pimp, and that's why people loved him. But as far as metaphors and similes go.... he was nowhere near that battlefield.

50 and Luda came from a different era of rappers, one in which rappers talked about how hard it was to be young and black and how hard they worked to get out of it. 50 and Luda however, came to popularity in a time when it was much easier to be a black rap star. You could come in, be hot, and then ride your wave of popularity until it fizzled out.

Lil Wayne came up in that same era. He was rapping as a young Hot Boy member at the same time Jay-Z was becoming famous and 50 was learning the ropes. But the difference between Lil Wayne and all those who came before him is that Lil Wayne was an innovator. He was a creative genius with more energy and a harder work ethic than anyone in rap years before or after. His work ethic, combined with his unique voice, southern swag, and of course, brilliant use of similes and metaphors that had never been so pervasively used, made Lil Wayne one of the greatest rappers of all time.

So let's look at a Lil Wayne hit and compare it to the other two songs above.

Lil Wayne's verse from "I Run This (Remix)":

"Holly Grove Gangsta. Eagle Street animal. I’ll have my goons Jackson like Samuel. If ya want beef bring ya cows I will cattle you. Ya I see you player, but I’m tha most valuable. I am so radical. My Lamborghini got on, a bikini that mean it's topless, you've seen it on a beach. When I screech and swerve, keep tha purp, keep tha syrup. Man I be getting on people’s nerve but people can kiss my bleepin blerp. "

That song came out in 2007. Ludacris' Southern Hospitality came out in 2000, and In Da Club came out in 2003. So obviously there was plenty of time for rap to evolve, and it's a bit unfair to compare the three songs. The point is, however, that the rap that Lil Wayne was spitting in his prime was unlike anything to come before him, because of his use of similes and metaphors.

So now that we've established Lil Wayne's innovation of the heavy simile/metaphor use in rap, let's look at the difference between that style and hashtag rap.

If you take Lil Wayne's verse from "Swagga Like Us," he says:

"I got stripes.... #Adi-das."

That's a hashtag rap line.

If it were a simile he would have said:

"I've got stripes like Adi-das."

The only difference is the use of the word "like" and a pause where the word "like" would normally be.

"Swagga Like Us" was released in September of 2008. Big Sean's "Supa Dupa Lemonade" was released in January of 2010.

So there's an example of a single use of the hashtag flow from Weezy in '08, over a year before Big Sean's supposed creation of it. Even though Big Sean took the credit when Drizzy gave it to him, Big Sean has repeatedly cited Lil Wayne's influence on his rapping style. But let's look at some other examples.

Here's a line from "Ice Cream" from the October 2009 released "No Ceilings.":

"Young Money baby we the shit. #weakstomaches "

Or how about this genius line from "DOA" on No Ceilings:

"Young or old there ain't now comparing me. I just cleared that up. #momentofclarity"

Now let's be fair for a moment. Drake did say in his original quote that Big Sean's "Supa Dupa Lemonade" was the first time he had heard hashtag rap used throughout an entire verse. Well then on that note, let's listen to the rest of DOA, in which we hear these little gems:

"Do it for my team. #TimTebow nigga.

I'm killing this shit. #GrimReaperflow nigga.

Getting swallowed by the Maybach. #DeepThroat nigga!

I'm still in my prime. #DeonSanders"

Wanna walk those comments back even more Drizzy?

It's clear from just that one sample that Lil Wayne was pioneering the extended use of the "hashtag rap" flow before Big Sean used it on his Finally Famous Volume 2 mixtape. You can also go back to works as early as Da Drought 3 and Dedication 2 to see how Weezy's pattern of similes and punchline rap set the easy blueprint for the evolution of the heavy hashtag rap he showed the potential for on No Ceilings 2.

In songs like "The Sky is the Limit" when Wayne raps:

"My flow is nasty like C.Y. Phillis."

Any rapper can look at that and then see the potential to take out the like and replace it with a pause.

In summary, to give Big Sean credit for the hashtag rap flow is not only incorrect but also borderline moronic. Many rappers may have used a hashtag/punchline over the years here and there, but no rapper was more influential on it than Lil Wayne. His very creation of the heavy simile/metaphor-laden rap song created the foundation for it, and his own evolution on No Ceilings 2 and other tracks gave newer rappers an exact blueprint to follow for how to use it.

This beef was obviously started and settled years ago, however, I still can't help but feel Lil Wayne still laughs anytime it's brought up, since he seems to get more pleasure out of laughing than getting credit.

3 Months into 2017 and Few Standout Lil Wayne Songs

2016 had enough solid Lil Wayne tracks to fill up a couple playlists. However, 2017 is not starting off with the momentum most of us Weezy fans had hoped for.

I started to write a follow-up blog post last week for the "Top Lil Wayne Songs of 2016," which would obviously be called the Top Songs of 2017, but the problem I encountered was that there's only been one dope track that I feel like are worth putting on this year's list. (Raekwon's brilliant "My Corner."

So far Lil Wayne's appeared on tracks for Nicki Minaj, Tyga, Hoodie Baby, Raekwon, Wale, David Guetta, and Young Chris. The track with Raekwon was absolutely flawless, and will most likely end up on the best of at the end of this year. The Young Chris "Life of the Party" was also a solid showing, although a bit limited by the subject matter, Wayne raps perfectly with the cadence of the beat and the "party" concept.

However, now that we're through March, that's one-fourth of the year gone. And with one-fourth of the year gone and only two potential tracks for a top 20 list, with that kind of output we would only have a "The Top 8 Lil Wayne Songs of 2017" list when it comes to December.

Now, I still expect to have enough fire content at the end of this year from Weezy to make my Top 20 list, but I believe it's because he has some albums that are in the vault that will be dropped within the coming months. It make sense with this year's line-up too.

With Drake just releasing an album, and Kendrick Lamar releasing his latest album on April 14th, it might be better for Weezy to take 2017 by storm in the summer time. But us die-hard Lil Wayne fans need a real fix soon. With every new negative headline that comes out like "Lil Wayne frustrates Florida fans with late appearance" without a new headline reading "New Mixtape/Album," Weezy's brand will start to take some hits.

Here's to hoping for a new project very soon, and to hoping that it's as dope as they always are.


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Kendrick Lamar Shouts Out Lil Wayne on "Humble"

Kendrick Lamar has just dropped two singles for an upcoming album to be released on April 7th.

In the second of those singles, titled "Humble," K. Dot has a line in which he raps:

"Sopranos, see we like to keep it on a high note."

If you recall from Weezy's 2014 mixtape banger "U Guessed It" from Sorry 4 the Wait 2, Lil Wayne rapped:

"My nina sings soprano, so we gon' leave on a high note."

It may be small, subtle, subliminal, however you want to describe it, but it's definitely a small shout out to Wayne. Anytime you include another rapper's line in your track, it's a nod saying that their line was dope enough that they wanted to repeat it in their own song, knowing people would know it's your line.

Lil Wayne is definitely at the level now where people can use his lines without being accused of biting. It's just like when he used to use lines from legends in his old songs, using them as homages and ways to give exposure to the original OG.

Kendrick and Weezy had some warm moments earlier this year and late last when Wayne was thinking about retiring. Kendrick said in March of 2016 in an interview with the Coveteur that Lil Wayne was "the greatest." During Wayne's retirement consideration, Kendrick went on a hilarious drunken SnapChat rant, in which he rapped many of his favorite Weezy verses.

The two have been on more than good terms for years. As a fan of both artists, I'm absolutely hoping for an appearance from Wayne on K. Dot's new yet to be named album, but any collaboration in the future would be amazing.

What do you think? Is Kendrick shouting out Weezy? Let us know in the comments below.

Young Rappers Lil Wayne Fans Will Love

There is no replacing Weezy F. Baby. Many rappers have hoped to become "the next Lil Wayne," but no one has been able to fill the void during Weezy's slowdown.

Big Sean, Future, and Young Thug have had some incredible mixtape runs and hit album follow-ups, but no one has been able to recreate Lil Wayne's 2007-2011 run and become the undisputed Best Rapper Alive.

It becomes clearer every day that Lil Wayne is in the ranks of Michael Jordan and Babe Ruth, and that no one will ever be able to outdo the GOAT.

However, Lil Wayne fans all have one thing in common: We Love Good Rap! And for all you die-hard Weezy fans waiting on the Carter V to be released, here are some young rappers that are putting out quality work that Lil Wayne fans are sure to appreciate.

  1. Bruno Mali Kidd

Bruno Mali Kidd is an up and coming rapper from South Florida. He's not new to the game, as some might know him from his past life as "Young Spook," but the Bahamas-born rapper is tearing up the mic right now with his latest single "HA" and an appearance on Rick Ross' "Monkey Suit."

Bruno Mali has that '05-'07 sound of southern rawness that made many fall in love with Lil Wayne. With a resemblance to Weezy's hardness in "Knuck If You Buck Freestyle," Bruno Mali takes no prisoners on beats and has a very distinct sound.

You'll no doubt hear some influence from Lil Wayne in Bruno's flows and cadences on some tracks, but he's far from the many Lil Wayne clones that have infested rap in the last few years. He's a truly unique talent in his own right, and he's poised to be one of the young starts bringing shine back to the south.

Check out Bruno Mali's dope a.f. new track "HA" below.

This is a brand new post and new artists will be added soon. If you have any suggestions, leave a comment below!

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Why are there so many Lil Wayne haters?

Forgive me for oversimplifying this, but pre-Carter III release, there were two main types of Lil Wayne fans.

The first type were those who had been there for a long time. People who bought/burned Tha Carter, learned about Weezy from the New Orleans scene, or those who got on board from his very early mixtapes.

These people liked Lil Wayne before he became Lil Wayne the icon, before he became Lil Wayne the GOAT, even before he became the Best Rapper Alive.

Whether they came to Weezy because he was a cute young kid with the very popular at the time Southern swag, or because they liked his unique energy and twist to his native bounce music, these fans have been around for a long time. Some of these fans didn't even like Mixtape Weezy because it wasn't Tha Carter I or II.

The second group is who I call the “Drought 3 Era” fans. You can call them ‘Mixtape Weezy’ fans if you like, but I don't because although mixtapes were his clearest form of dominance, his guest verses were untouchable too. These fans (of which I am one) came to Weezy during the prime of his career. Lil Wayne had transformed into a brand new rapper with better metaphors, better flows, more style, and more swag. Mixtapes such as the Drought 3, Dedication 2, and a whole slew of guest verses earned Wayne the crown of the undisputed ‘Best Rapper Alive.’ Even in those days people like Fat Joe, Rick Ross, and The Game, were admitting that Lil Wayne was the best.

There were also countless leaks of songs that were meant for Tha Carter III. These songs were fashioned into numerous non-consented mixtapes by various DJ’s across the internet. These songs included everything from “I’m Raw” to “Ask Them Hoes” to many Weezy fans' favorite “La La La.”

Those leaks culminated with Wayne’s official attachment to Tha Carter III with “The Leak” which included classics such as “I’m Me,” “Gossip,” and “Kush.” This was an incredibly frustrating time for Wayne, having to deal with leak after leak, but it was all worth it once he achieved truly monumental success with Tha Carter III.

Tha Carter 3 lead up and release ushered in a new era of Weezy fans. The onslaught of popular guest verses by Lil Wayne made him hot everywhere from middle schools through colleges across America, but the release of the mega-hit “Lollipop” changed the game forever and turned “Lil Wayne” into a household name.

Lollipop wasn’t the only Carter 3 mega-hit, though. Hits like “A Milli,” “Got Money” and “Mrs. Officer” were blaring out of car stereos everywhere, and radio stations were all playing Weezy as much as they could.

Wayne didn’t let this time of ultra-popularity slip away. He struck while the iron was hot and in 2009 released No Ceilings, one of the greatest mixtapes of all time. No Ceilings could be heard in every college dorm room, house party, gym and car from Los Angeles to Amsterdam. College frat boys and athletes everywhere had anthems aplenty, and Lil Wayne’s dominance remained untouchable. Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller still uses No Ceilings as his pre-game music.

That period of musical dominance is what created the third type of Lil Wayne fan, the “bandwagon fan”. Don’t get me wrong, many of the fans Weezy gained in this period are still with him today. But the fan base that swelled so big to earn him another million copy-selling first week with Tha Carter IV that it was soon ready to explode.

Many loyal fans still rode with Weezy during Sorry 4 the Wait, Tha Carter IV, IANAHB 1 & 2, and of course there’s Rebirth. But the slew of people who had jumped on the bandwagon because of Wayne’s greatness began to jump off, and so began the exaggeration of his decline.

The main contribution that led to today’s norm of hating on Lil Wayne was Lil Wayne’s greatness itself. It set the bar so high for what rap music could be that anything Wayne released that didn’t reach that bar started to be slandered as trash.

And then people started looking for new ways to set themselves apart from the crowd. Some people became bored with being a fan of the guy everyone else was a fan of. They started to branch out and support people such as Big Sean, J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, and many others. But no artist has come close to matching Weezy’s dominance.

Because of the extended lack of any other real rap superstars before Kendrick Lamar's emergence (Drake doesn’t count here because in this regard he’s more pop), Lil Wayne became the New England Patriots, the New York Yankees. Because you’re on top, people want you to fall. People love to hate in this day and age. If they don’t identify with you as an artist, they want to trash you.

Lil Wayne hating and trashing became almost as popular as loving him once was. All of the people who in the past would have been bandwagon fans were now becoming “bandwagon haters.”

Hating Lil Wayne became your way to show that you really know rap, that you actually have some culture. By saying you like “Run the Jewels” and don’t really listen to Lil Wayne, you’re saying: “I’m better than other people because I’m cooler than just being a Lil Wayne fan because everybody’s a Lil Wayne fan.”

There’s no major problem presented by haters in the grand scheme, there’s always going to be haters no matter who the artist is. The problem for Lil Wayne was that it just became way too popular to say you don’t like Lil Wayne in order to be cool. And eventually, the perception of Lil Wayne being trash became people’s reality, largely influenced by the media.

Once people said they hated Lil Wayne, the media wanted to give them what they wanted, hence all of the Weezy hate articles from some at Complex Magazine and other morons.

The perception became the “reality.” Because most people were saying “Lil Wayne sucks,” it gained momentum, and eventually became what people stated as fact. Great Wayne verses like those on Deep, Only, and M’s, were completely underrated and slept on. Even great entire projects like Dedication 5 were overshadowed. Sorry 4 the Wait 2 was so good it was basically an album, the entire mixtape was primetime Weezy from top to bottom. Free Weezy Album was an amazingly unique and exceptional Lil Wayne album. Yet despite such quality projects, the hate kept coming.

Did Lil Wayne have a period where he “fell off?” In a word, yes. Around the same time he started wearing moon boots and hats that looked like they were designed by a Tele-tubby, he also started taking it easy and phoned in some verses. I’m thinking of the 2011-2013 era.

Let’s face it, while Tha Carter IV had some serious bangers, it also had some tracks that weren’t up to normal Weezy par.

But the real truth is that even mediocre Wayne is still better than 90% of the rappers out today, and the Lil Wayne that has been on display since late 2014 has been on fire.

We as Lil Wayne fans may be hopelessly optimistic about Weezy at times. Sometimes we say an average verse is good, and sometimes we say bad verses are good, after listening to them 20 times out of loyalty to convince ourselves. But don’t ever second guess it, Weezy is the Greatest of All Time, and the hate he has received over the past few years has been enough to make anyone either retire or lose their sanity.

The optimistic Lil Wayne fan in me believes that he is about to go on an amazing run of new music once he’s free from his Cash Money nightmares. If that happens, many bandwagon fans will hop back on, and then a few years later, the hate will resume again.

Think of it like Tom Brady’s performance in Super Bowl 51. When the Patriots were down 25 points in the 4th quarter, if you logged onto Twitter you would see the most slanderous of Tom Brady hatred. “Washed up.” “He should retire.” “He’s always been overrated.”

Then he led the comeback and won his 5th Super Bowl ring. Let’s hope Tha Carter 5 is Wayne’s crowning comeback/championship moment.

And to all the haters who don’t appreciate the greatness that is Lil Wayne:

Fuck you.

We don't care.