For better or for worse, Lil Wayne has influenced this new generation of Hip Hop. Accept It.
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Hip Hop is dead and though her alleged murderer(s) have been at large for a little over a decade now, some people still have not found the courage to move on. We've mourned, we've grieved and for the past 10 years, we've pointed fingers at plenty of people. But let's face it 90's babies, she's gone & no matter how many J.Coles, or Kendrick Lamars the universe decides to give us, that will be always be a fact. She's been gone for a long time and though many of us still have hope she'll one day return to this world. In the meantime, I think we should at least embrace this new age of music as well as pay homage to the pioneers who have influenced it. I believe Dwayne Carter AKA Lil' Wayne deserves most, if not, all the credit. Here are 5 artists who, without Wayne's blueprint, may not have been the stars we know today.
Quavo - Photo Attribution
Though Quavo is a well-known member of the fast-rapping, action-packed, Atlanta-Based trio Migos, he can be found being featured (solo) on plenty of hit songs. Quavo has featured with many Hip-Hop All-Stars such as Post Malone, Drake, Travis $cott & many more. Wayne started the trend back in the early 2000's with a record of over 300 features in between the years 2000 and 2012. Wayne brought the "focus on you" aspect to the game where he showed artists, you can stay loyal to your team (HotBoyz/Cash Money/Young Money) and still get your money up.
Lil Uzi Vert
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From the flow, the sound, the outrageous hairstyles, the questionable clothing, to the fact that "Lil" is in homie's name! Lil Uzi came into the game at the perfect time. Implementing rock music layered with trap snares & deep 808's, Uzi is doing what Wayne started back in 2009 with his first all-rock album Rebirth. Wayne tapped into something that many people around that time period weren't ready for and took a risk on a new sound for the hood. Needless to say, we were still infatuated with the Ross & 50 Cent beef, so the gangsters weren't ready to trade in our guns and yayo for skinny jeans & fender guitars, just yet. What I see now, almost a decade later is Uzi taking that sound and taking it to heights not even Wayne could. #SorryNotSorry
Kendrick Lamar - Photo Attribution
Yeah, I said it! Kendrick Lamar has given Lil Wayne credit for his inspiration on numerous occasions. In an interview with Karen Civil, K Dot states that he was influenced heavily by certain flows and sounds that Wayne gave to the game. On Dot's legendary C4 Mixtape, Kendrick uses his cover to emulate Wayne's infamous "Fear God" tattoo on his eye lids with the word's "Fear Kdot" to pay homage to Wayne.
Young Thug - Photo Attribution
Young Thug, a member of Cash Money Records, owes Waynes career more than any rapper in the game.
Let's break it down :
February 2011 -- In an interview posted on Youtube, Young Thug predicts that he would one day sign to Young Money Records with Lil Wayne. (https://youtu.be/4vtPMmFOWkM)
January 2014 -- With his singles "Stoner" and "Danny Glover/2 Bitches" buzzing with artists like Drake and Kanye West, Young Thug gave one of his first interviews since 2011. He said that he'd rather work with Lil Wayne more than Michael Jackson.
October 2014 -- Young Thug told MTV that he planned on doing the ultimate homage to his idol by naming his album Tha Carter VI. He also said that "[Wayne did] (Carter) 1-5... I'm going to do 6-10." Birdman was present, of course, and didn't say anything.
April 2015 -- Lil Wayne allegedly disses Young Thug when saying "ain't no motherfuckin' such thing as Carter 6" at one of his Release Partiez show in Colombus, Ohio.
April 2015 -- Days before its release, Young Thug said, in a now deleted Instagram post, that he was forced to rename the release from Carter 6 to simply Barter 6, out of respect.
Credit - (http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-juice/6634752/lil-wayne-young-thug-beef-timeline)
It's obvious Thug, at least in the beginning, was inspired by wayne more than anyone else named on this list thus far. Question for the up and coming artists reading this article: Would you rather work on a song with Lil Wayne, the greatest rapper within his own right ? Or Michael Jackson, the greatest entertainer of all time ? Clearly Thug feels Wayne is the better option.
Drake - Photo Attribution
Drake wouldn't have made it into the game without Wayne and though he's surpassed Wayne in plenty of categories, Drake always take the time out to pay homage to the "Best Rapper Alive". Drake is probably the highest-paid, most well known, most successful rapper to come on to the scene since Hov or well, Lil Wayne. With hits stemming back all the way to his early tapes (So Far Gone & Comback Season) which feature Wayne heavily and #1 songs featuring some of Waynes greatest and/or most memorable verses. Such as Miss Me, Forever, HYFR, The Real Her, & The Motto, Drakes success was literally built on the back of Lil Wayne's career. Through that relationship, in the past 7 years Drake has been able to transcend to heights most artists in this industry never even get to see. Drake wouldnt be the artist he is today without Weezy.
Wayne has done alot of good for the game. He impacted a generation of rappers so his name will forever live on through the music industry. I wrote this article because though I'm not a Wayne fan, I wouldn't be a true hip-hop fan if I ignored the stain he's left in the game. Lil Wayne deserves all the credit & recognition for the way he's change the game.Thank you Weezy. Thank you for everything.