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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Lil Wayne = The Kiddies 2K7 Pac

Say Lil Wayne is nice to some and you might catch a verbal beatdown and an Uncle Murda. Say Lil Wayne is wack to some dudes and you might catch a verbal beatdown and a Camron (word to Tru Life). It all depends on the person you're talking to. Either you love him or you hate him. So, one day after coming home from my sorry ass 9-5, I began to wonder who else had a movement like this and it came to me on some real Keyser Soze type shit.

To SOME of these dudes Lil Wayne is like their new Pac

Disclaimer: Now, personally, I don't believe that Wayne is a carbon copy of Pac but there's some strong similarities. Bottom line: keep an open mind and peep game e-thug message board terrorists and close minded haters. And this is a long ass post. Just giving yall short attention span fucks a pre-game warning.

"Following a persona not a person"

Back in Pac's day, it was the shit to be the most hardbody n***a. That's basically what sold records i.e. Ice-T, Ice Cube, N.W.A. etc. So, when Pac dropped the whole Black Panther/political/socially conscious persona and got on that "thug life" bullshit his popularity rose. So, millions of fans got behind him because they either identified with thug life or fantasized about being some hardbody ass criminal. Some fans, not all, got behind dude because they thought Pac was the "realest n***a " EVAR not because he was a poet, not because he was the illest lyricist but because he was what they envisioned as a real ass n***a.

With Wayne, we're in a different time. This generation's motto is "get money" so, who better to get behind then the creator of "Bling Bling" and a dude who has M.O.B. tatted on his stomach. Wayne's fast rise from weed stashery to Cash Money C.E.O. embodies what youngens aspire to do; get money and get it as quick as possible as well as flaunting it as recklessly as possible. You might ask a cat why they support Wayne and they might say something along the lines of "he's getting money right now." It ain't like n***as know him personally or some shit, but you'd think they'd say he's nice and some cats do. Another thing, guess who also flaunted their money like a buffoon...Pac. And guess who's also thinks their John Gotti/hardbody of the millenium, Lil Wayne. Regardless, people support both because in their mind they both symbolize what each's respective generation perceived as "cool."

"Controversy sells"
Pac's had his fair share of moments of acting like a damn idiot when the camera's/voice recorder/whatever media outlet was available was recording. On most recollections, cats remembered Pac as a sensitive, quiet dude who was passionate. When we saw Pac on MTV News, YO MTV Raps!!! or in the Source or wherever now all of a sudden this n***a is a shotta or some shit. Recently, Wayne's been on the same shit. Wayne showed respect to Jigga initially. The dude's album is named the Carter (half New Jack reference/half Jay-z reference you be the judge). He used to say the best rapper alive since the best rapper retired. Not now...Now, he's the best rapper alive. So prior to this point, he's been at least a somewhat respectful dude. Now, this guy get in mags and shows his ass calling out Skateboard P, the Clipse, Jigga whoever. Whenever he gets the chance he says some reckless out the ass type shit.

"Living the character I rap about"
Pac wasn't no thug. He was a poor ass dude that may have moved some dimes and nicks but that's where it stops. Let's keep it 100. The dude was into drama; NOT BEEF, acting and poetry. He was passionate but he wasn't no gangster. Later in his career he lived by if thou rap it, thou must live it. So, dude begins slapping up directors (J. Singleton), catching cases, snuffing out Crips w/Suge whose dog was named Damu (so you don't have to wonder what kind of cat Suge was). Unfortunately, yall know the rest of the story; tragic etherization in Vegas. Peep game though with Wayne. Wayne's m.o. used to be stuntin, a little bit of drug/gun talk here and there but nothing too serious. Wayne's first LP if I'm not mistaken didn't have curse words on it. Sound like a thug to you? Right...I didn't think so. Fast forward to Da Drought 3, this cat's Blooded out. How do you become a gangster at his age, I don't know but I suppose he feels like he actually needs to be Nino Brown since he raps about it. Gillie Da Kid put it the best, Dwayne is a good kid...

"Suge v. Baby"
Both of these cats act as father figures for talented artists who needed guidance. Suge bailed Pac out of jail when he was broke. He had no one else to rely on. Pac was always a conflicted dude but Suge guided him down a path, one that got him swiss cheesed but nevertheless a path. Baby bankrolled Wayne's stunting when he was broke. Juve, B.G. and all them cats, none of them own their masters/publishing and basically admitted that Baby sonned them and gave them $$$ when they needed it. Their salary was pleading with Baby for dough, real talk. When they got smart they left. So, when the Hot Boys leave the family (a la Dre/Snoop leaving Death Row), it's okay Baby'll take care of it. Baby whispers (ever so sweetly) in Wayne's ear (probably how Suge put the burden on Pac's back to carry the Row), you're going to be the one to save this sinking ship, which is what Wayne credits for his miraculous turnaround and allows Wayne's to be the CEO of Cash Money whatever the fuck that means. But yall get the point. Both Pac and Wayne has Suge and Baby, respectively as father figures. Both cats alienated the whole world and became reliant on their respective father figures.

"Suspect Behavior (just a joke)"
Who the fuck wore their bandana like Pac back in the day??? That shit was sweet like tangerines. Then, the nose ring. Again, saccharin. Wayne, well, we all know the story with Wayne. He kissed Baby. (super pause the fruitiness). Snuggy jeans, smedium V-Necks...

"Napoleon Complex With Jay"
Both artists had their confrontations with Hov. Pac b/c he was vying for the top. Wayne for the same reason. I hope in neither artist's mind they actually believe they're better than Hov but to be the best you have to beat the best.

"Tatted Up"
Self explanatory

"Dear Mama, Dear Cita"
Pac shouts out his ma dukes, so does Wayne.

There's a handful of other reasons, but by this point I'm sure you're tired of reading (and I'm tired of typing) so I'll just end this shit here. What do y'all think???

1 comment:

911 said...

That was a pretty good synopsis...although Pac > Jay.