Barely 4 months into the year of 2013 and Lil’ Wayne has been surrounded by more controversy than most people will be in an entire lifetime. Everything from getting “BAKED” tattooed on his forehead to claiming he made love to one of the reigning NBA Champions’ wives, Lil’ Wayne has had a wild fourth of a year. Let’s start from the beginning.
On January 2nd, Wayne rang in the New Year by getting Baker Skateboards’ logo tattooed on his forehead, a strange but unsurprising move from the tattoo covered, self proclaimed “martian”. Weezy F. Baby managed to stay out of headlines for a little over a month after that, claiming he was, “putting rap on the backburner”, and with a newly founded clothing company known as TRUKFIT, Wayne was busy rolling around the skateboard world.
Then, during the NBA’s All-Star Weekend, that ran February 15-17, Wayne set off fans and rappers alike after leading the crowd in anit-Miami Heat chants. Weezy claimed he was kicked out of a Heat home game for cheering for his Los Angeles Lakers the week prior. “So I’m @ da Heat game right, rootin 4 da Lakers kuz dats my team & would u believe they got police 2 make me leave?! Wow! F#€k da Heat” Wayne tweeted after the incident. A representative for the Heat organization claimed Wayne chose to leave the American Airlines Arena and was in fact not ejected. Regardless, a week later, the 5’6 rapper stood tall, leading the All-Star festivities crowd in chants, proclaiming “When I say Fuck, you say NBA!”, and “When I say Fuck, you say Heat!”. Wayne also promulgated, “Fuck all them niggas. Fuck LeBron James. Fuck [Dwyane] Wayde. Fuck Chris Bosh, all them niggas. And, and, and, and I fucked Chris Bosh’s wife.”
The 30-year old’s comments sparked Miami’s hip hop community into outrage. Miami rap pioneer, Uncle Luke, known best for his work with 2Live Crew, blogged via the Miami New Times, “(Lil’ Wayne) treats Miami like his bitch because people let him.” Luke also called upon Miami natives, Rick Ross and DJ Khaled to “set Wayne straight”. Trick Daddy shared a similar sentiment on a local Miami radio station stating, “I rep my city and want nobody disrespecting”.
This all inspired another Miami born rapper/singer, Pitbull, to diss Wayne over the instrumental for “Harlem Shake”. Though Pitbull’s lyrics aren’t nearly as fierce as the K-9 he took his name from, the diss (“Welcome 2 Dade County”) merited an apology from Wayne… sort of. Wayne claimed he only regretted saying “Fuck LeBron” and took to twitter, posting “Dam pit bull bro I thought u was kool.” The feud has settled down since early March with nothing further really manifesting.
However, the same week Wayne managed to raise some eyebrows, stating via twitter, “I ain’t 2Pac, I’m the new Pac, holla at ya boy!” Wayne has stated he believes he is the best rapper alive before, but Tupac Shakur isn’t alive, making Wayne’s claims appear as a smidgeon of insolent self-credence to some rap fans.
On Tuesday, March 14th, shocking news arrived as TMZ reported Weezy had been hospitalized in Los Angeles, CA after suffering from multiple seizures. Wayne was released from the hospital but supposedly suffered from the same condition a few days later. TMZ claimed a large amount of codeine was discovered in the rapper’s system warranting a stomach-pumping and the assistance of breathing tubes. Wayne’s close friends Birdman and Mack Maine claimed the reports were false and the hospitalization was for nothing more than “dehydration”. Wayne also tweeted, “I’m good everybody. Thx for the prayers and love.” on March 16th.
10 days later, Tunechi’s tenth studio album, “I Am Not a Human Being II” hit shelves. Led by singles, “Love Me” featuring Drake and Future and “Rich As Fuck” featuring 2 Chainz, the album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, selling 217,000 copies behind Justin Timberlake’s “20/20 Experience”. The album took a major hit from Wayne’s usual sales, but managed to outsell it’s first installment even though “I Am Not a Human Being” was initially released as an online exclusive.
Complex Magazine’s Lauren Nostro took some offense to the albums content, tallying 182 N-bombs, 102 references to female dogs, 49 lyrics tributing drugs, 38 mentions of shooting people, and a whopping 139 allusions to sexual activity. Through the entire 15 tracks, Wayne only managed to promote his clothing brand, TRUKFIT, 6 times while mentioning skateboarding another 5 times.
Lil’ Wayne has slated a few future projects such as “I Can’t Feel My Face”, a collaborative LP with Harlem rapper, Juelz Santana, among other plans. The New Orleans native also claims he’ll retire in 5 years to raise his children and that “Tha Carter V” will be his final work. It’s been a long 4 months of 2013 for Lil’ Wayne thus far, but knowing Tunechi’s knack for mischief, dont be suprised to see even more Weezy headlines before December’s end.