Lil Wayne

Why I'm Glad Lil Wayne Is Retiring

An A-bomb was dropped on the Hip-Hop world last week, as Lil’ Wayne announced that he was retiring in an interview with Sway of MTV. His last album would be the upcoming opus, Tha Carter V. Honestly, I felt no ripple of sorrow or joy as the revelation rolled across the internet. Personally, I was pleased at the news.

Wayne told MTV:

“I know ya’ll want me around for a little bit and Carter V is my last album…I’ve been rapping since I was eight years old. That’s a long time.I’d like to do so many more things, and when I like to do something, I end up loving to do it real quick. When I love to do something, I’m fully focused on it and it only. Music is sometimes not that it.”

I commend Lil Wayne for stepping aside. I believe it is time for him to do that. I mean, if I hear him say one more “life is a b*tch…” metaphor, I’m going to tear my own face off. Seriously.

Personally, I once championed Lil Wayne’s efforts right around that time he proclaimed himself to be the “best rapper alive since the best rapper retired.” That was 2004 and Jay-Z had announced that he was leaving the game for the umpteenth time. Wayne was a beast with no leash! At that time, Weezy was primed to TAKE the crown. But, he never did. Instead he worked with Jay and has ducked a variety of beefs. He clearly became elite, but shunned the royalty title and allowed his insurgents to “live.” Perhaps his reluctance would make him a more benevolent sort of king, but I don’t buy it.

I believe he opted to morph into something more influential, enigmatic and, frankly, creatively subpar – from a Hip-Hop perspective at least. Now, lets keep it real. Wayne creatively peaked at Tha Carter, but he subsequently became more interesting as an artist the more he “grew up.” Claiming the Blood gang, he started to exude eccentricities reserved for rockers, but displaying quite a lot of business savvy (unless that was Cash Money’s Baby) with Nicki and Drake. So, dominating the game was a family affair. But, alone I stopped paying a lot of attention to Wayne. I still checked for him on songs like “I’m Good,” where he finally jabbed back at Jay-Z, but stuff like Am Not a Human Being…blah.

That’s not to say that Lil’ Wayne is wack. He’s not. He’s extremely talented. But he’s no longer that guy that’s driving the car in Hip-Hop. He’s got a remote control or something where the likes of Nicki and Drake are at the wheel. He knows this and he’s admitted age and time have crept up on him, even though he’s still skating, which remains in his future.

And for the next incarnation of Lil Wayne?

“My day job will probably be sports analyst, and I’ll skate all night instead of being in the studio all night.”

Sounds ambitious, but I’m not sure ESPN will want him anchoring their programs, but you never know. Stranger things have happened like those zebra print jeggins. Remember: this is coming from the man that has “I Am Music” tattooed on his face and once proclaimed “I Am Hip-Hop.” It is good to acknowledge when the rigors of the game have eroded you down.

And, honestly its a run to be proud of. Equally, he should be pleased that he’s more or less leaving still on top.

Juxtapose that with a cringe-worthy comeback by LL Cool J and you realize this is a good look for Wayne.

While some rejoice at his departure, its probably just a reason to eventually comeback. What’s cool with Wayne, in my opinion, a break will serve him well should he decide to resurrect himself later. He can go forth and experience different things (You know, a sabbatical in Africa or rap about taking care of those kids) and creatively resuscitate himself into a new being.

Hell, coming back human ain’t so bad. At least, we’ll relate.

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  • lil wayne lost it around the time dedication mxtape dropped after carter 2.. then it was all drugs, kissing baby, womans pants and weirdness for him..maybe a retirement can get him to step back a while, listen 2 his last 3-5 years of songs and features and say WTF was i thinking..

    and i second that he could of been the best, one of the greatest until be fucked up

    • DreamZ

      He aint been the same since Carter 2 and Lollipop. Carter 2 was his best album considering rumors of ghostwriting that was a lyrical masterpiece now all he talk about is eating puss how much money he got and skateboarding leave that shit to them white boys. Its great to see he tapped into that market from a business point of view but if you ask me that lil bid he did on that gun charge shook his moist ass and when he got out he played it safe changed his image and became a skateboarder I dont blame him

  • Dee

    never been a big wayne fan i always thought he had good singles but never a good album

    • AK

      carter 2 was a really good album actually

  • hollaatchaboynahmean123

    Best Article ever

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  • He’s finished!

    Let him move on to techno!

  • hoeyuno

    Wayne has done enough damage to the image of hip hop.. skateboarders have always been around hip hop but not this gay new breed. these kids make us in 92 wearing size 40 cross colors look pretty normal. I’m just saying I like my hip hop without leopard skin tight jeans. amen.

    • Bumpy Johnson

      lmaooooo…them 92 joints was mad funny tho

    • Slaughtr

      Agree

    • Southcidal

      Damage to hip hop? Huh? So was Andre 3000’s attire damaging? In Hip Hop we often make the mistake of restricting ourselves. Hip Hop shouldn’t be a certain type of pants or only a certain look.

      • Ghunny

        andre 3000 wasnt racist o his own women, neither was he a fake studio gangster…all this dude ever rapped about and lived was all a lie to sell his records; and now that he’s at the “top”, he decides to “morph” into some pop star instead of maximize his craft? well I somehow would expect that from a fake anyway…think about guys

    • Southcidal

      Eminem has done damage making that soft rock shiit that everybody is using on their hooks now.

  • TruthSerum

    I could care less honestly, I’m not a fan but he doesn’t bother me. I feel the same way about Wayne as I did about Nelly & Ja Rule, I wouldn’t listen to it even if you paid me for it but I never understood the irrational hatred. He’s a musician who makes music I don’t like, it’s easier to change the channel then to sit around and whine about him. I hear the radio DJ say “Next up we have that new Lil Wayne” I skip to another station, I don’t punch the steering wheel and get mad about it.

    • Then why are you commenting on this… Just skip to the next article???

    • Slaughtr

      I agree with you and a nigga has the right to comment on what the fck he wants you bothered nigga? Your man has contributed to the plague of whackness.Wearing your heart on your sleeve watch that shyt.

  • Wayne gave me carter 1-3, and dedication 1-3. He can retire knowing those were dope as hell. Hopefully his finally work will be dope.

    • tomas

      agree but he shouldent retire hip hop will die with out him nd wat append 2 wat he said in mr. carter (two words you never hear-1wayne 2quit)

  • i’mreloaded!

    Say what you want, but if he leaves, that’s the end of Cash Money. Even though Drake and Nicki are stars, they will prolly move on to their own situations beause honestly they won’t be able to carry Cash Money. I’m not a huge fan, but when you think Bad Boy you think Biggie, Roc you think Jay, Death Row you think Snoop. Lil Wayne is a cult phenomenon and has turned himself into a brand. After everyone left, Weezy held it down. Artistically, he has declined the last few years but that’s to be expected when you been rappin that long. Cash Money and Young Money will fade when the point guard for the team hangs up his jersey.

    • tomas

      so true ymcmb will not be da ame with out lil wayne in it i think lil wayne will give da lable to drake or maybe back to birdman or to rickrosss

  • josh

    My favorite thing about wayne…..is when eminem slaughtered him on the gayass rebirth album.

    • tomas

      stfu eminem is fuckin wack im not sayin he cantrap im sayin it bc he is all bout da money he always got da same impact on music nd he is reuning hiphop b the minute just wen he started puttin dat gay pop shit on it lke wtf r yhu a rapper or a fckin pop artist u just think eminem is good bc of da movie u saw on him clled 8 miles but it took eminm more den 200 takes so he could master all da sense on da movie nd dont let me talk bout how lond it took him just 2 rite da lyricks 2 wat he said 2 da niqqa he was rappin 2 eminem aint compare 2 lil wayne an u put eminem in a studio for 8 hours at night nd make him think of a song in his mind nd not even rite it or notin like lil wayne no rite it takes lil wayne 8 hours t come up with a song/rapp but it takes eminem 3 months nd a note book nd a pencil just to make up a fuckin title

  • J-SMOOTH

    Fucc lil lame im gladheleaving

    • tomas

      u need to stfu wen yhu do ot no notin bout a person dats wat yhu should do bc
      Before you all go to bashing someone you dont
      understand, read up on him, he is actually a pretty outstanding individual. He
      is very passionate (Life Dedicating) about his work and even has managed to get
      a Doctrine in Social Sciences from the University of Houston. Hence his song
      dropping entitled “Dr. Carter”. His IQ has also been found to be substantially
      high… like a few points shy of genius high. Do you honestly think an average
      person could string together complex metaphors and vocabularies from the top of
      their head while they are in front of a microphone? All while being piled under
      stress from raising 4 children, maintaining his status as number one artist, and
      his own education… (Which even as a kid he always had straight A’s, he dropped
      out of High-school at 16 to chase his passion for music) Im just saying people,
      a little respect for the guy.

  • king

    That fool will be like every other rapper that claimed retirement which is never.

    • tomas

      do do not no if it is true bc most of does rappers who say dt will retire comeback but they niqqas wer like 20 30 wen they started they careers but wayne started rappin at age 9 nd has been doin it his whole life like hosnely i think dats all he has done in his life time i dont really judge him if he wants to do somethinq else or if he wants 2 live 4 a whilend den make a comback tour were all da money is at i reallydont want him 2 retire but i see wat he means nd why he wants 2 retire

  • Darren Myt Collins

    he has never been close to the best to me…..most popular, that don’t mean the best. I just the best on QUALITY CLASSIC ALBUMS…..I can’t put none of waynes ALBUMS next to Ready to Die, ILLMATIC, THE CHRONIC, AQUEMENI, PAPER TRAIL, REASONABLEDOUBT, DARK AND HELL IS HOT, th ere are more I can name but ya’ll get my point. His albums are lack luster to me. AND HIS CONTENT AND SUBJECT MATTER AND ABILITY TO TELL STORIES JUST BLOWS

  • Darren Myt Collins

    I think he heard Kendrick Lamars album and knew it was over……LMAO

  • As soon as Baby and Slim say, “get yo ass on that track, hoe”, he’ll come out of retirement.

  • I love how this cat with no education and who’s never played a sport thinks he can analyze sports. He thinks because he’s a fan that makes him qualified? These YM niggas are hilarious. Nicki thinks she can judge singing talent because she “likes” singing. Drake thinks he can play Obama in a biopic because he “likes” acting. Wayne thinks he can be a pro skateboarder because he “likes” skating. Hey kids, don’t go to school and get trained in a craft. Just like something a lot and do it.

    • WINLIFE

      “Just like something a lot and do it.”..Actually, this is the best way to learn something at times. Just dive right in.

    • tomas

      tis shows dat yhu just another hater who just hates wen not even knowin anythin bout lil wayne lik wtf Before you all go to bashing someone you dont
      understand, read up on him, he is actually a pretty outstanding individual. He
      is very passionate (Life Dedicating) about his work and even has managed to get
      a Doctrine in Social Sciences from the University of Houston. Hence his song
      dropping entitled “Dr. Carter”. His IQ has also been found to be substantially
      high… like a few points shy of genius high. Do you honestly think an average
      person could string together complex metaphors and vocabularies from the top of
      their head while they are in front of a microphone? All while being piled under
      stress from raising 4 children, maintaining his status as number one artist, and
      his own education… (Which even as a kid he always had straight A’s, he dropped
      out of High-school at 16 to chase his passion for music) Im just saying people,
      a little respect for the guy.

  • shockman203

    The game change and u dont have the same writers from Carter 2 its time to walk away nobody gonna miss u ur fan base is heading to college since they was the ones rocking ur music in 6th grade lmao

  • Tunechi Tunechi Tunechi

    no one cares what you think. Kill yourself hater.

    • tomas

      thak you ike these niqas dnt notin out lil wayne but they still talk shit but dat just shows how none of dem have lives smfh

  • Southcidal

    If Lil Wayne was from Long Island this article wouldn’t exist and neither would the hateful responses. I’ve never seen the “Why I’m Glad Jay-Z is Retiring” article. But like the great Jigga man once stated “Men Lie, Women Lie, Numbers don’t Lie”. And the numbers suggest that Weezy has been “the man” in the Rap Game for at least the last 8 years. Artist such as Nelly, 50 Cent and JaRule have made huge impacts but soon faded. Which other artist besides Eminem and Kanye have had the same impact for as long as Wayne has recently? And I know yall East Coast haters are gonna respond with “record sales don’t mean everything”, but what records do mean is that people are interested. Whether its gays, women or back-packers people go cop Tunchei shiit. 6ft7ft, John, and How To Love were all bangers in my opinion. And if you don’t think he’s not spitting flames on My Homie Still you’re just in denial maybe because you feel that he shouldn’t still be on top for this long.

  • AK

    hes not retiring yet carter 5 could drop in 2014 lets not get ahead of ourselves

  • Mr_ReMan

    The thing about “his best album” The Carter 2 is that Gilly Da Kid was his ghostwriter @ the time smh lol

  • Nathan Wolf

    Lil Wayne is garbage and has been for as long as I can remember, just a black stain (no pun intended) on the Rap/Hip-Hop Industry, just like everyone of these mainstream rappers since the beginning of this millennium. I used to listen to him back when I was like 15 or 16 and didn’t know any better but I phased out of that quick when I realized he was just spitting non-sense. Anyways that’s my opinion, lot’s of people tell me “OMG THE THING I LIKE ABOUT LIL WAYNE IS WHEN HE’S IN THE STUDIO HE GOES CRAZY.” Yeah goes crazy with some goddamn nonsense. I’ve never been a person who listens to rap because I want to hear something serious, or hardcore, or whatever it may be, but my core requirement is that is at-least well thought out and put together, whether it be written down or free styling and if you can’t get that down with free-styling then I mean you obviously suck at free styling and should stop. His retirement is long over due and he has zero talent as far as I’m concerned, and to top of it off, most of his fans are morons and band-wagoners. Fin.

    • tomas

      no taste in music u have If Lil Wayne was from Long
      Island this article wouldn’t exist and neither would the hateful responses. I’ve
      never seen the “Why I’m Glad Jay-Z is Retiring” article. But like the great
      Jigga man once stated “Men Lie, Women Lie, Numbers don’t Lie”. And the numbers
      suggest that Weezy has been “the man” in the Rap Game for at least the last 8
      years. Artist such as Nelly, 50 Cent and JaRule have made huge impacts but soon
      faded. Which other artist besides Eminem and Kanye have had the same impact for
      as long as Wayne has recently? And I know yall East Coast haters are gonna
      respond with “record sales don’t mean everything”, but what records do mean is
      that people are interested. Whether its gays, women or back-packers people go
      cop Tunchei shiit. 6ft7ft, John, and How To Love were all bangers in my opinion.
      And if you don’t think he’s not spitting flames on My Homie Still you’re just in
      denial maybe because you feel that he shouldn’t still be on top for this long.

      • Nathan Wolf

        No offense man but based on the other comments you left you seem to be on the boundaries of fanboyism. If your passionate about his music then by all means it’s your right to support it and i respect that, but sorry that’s not going to change my opinion. Happy Holidays.

  • Jeff Payne

    I always thought he was an ok rapper. I just don’t get the hype maybe I’m too old school to listen to him. I grew up on Kane EPMD, Rakim, N.W.A., No Limit, Nas, Death Row Outkast etc. and I’m the same age as him