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Lil Wayne: “I Don’t Know Where Hip Hop Is At”

(AllHipHop News) Lil Wayne may be a self-proclaimed Martian he is not from Mars. However, during a recent interview with XXL Magazine, the Louisiana-native revealed his knowledge of the current state of Hip Hop is no better than if he was from Mars.

Wayne admits that while he still listens to new school artists such as A$AP Ferg and Odd Future, he is not too hip to the latest movements in Hip Hop:

I don’t know where hip-hop is at. I just listen to the old stuff, and my television stay on SportsCenter. Even when I’m flipping through the channels, I stumble across MTV or BET or whatever, if I stop and watch that video it’s because I haven’t seen that video. I’m so amazed. I don’t know if it’s new. I don’t know who the person is.

The rapper also reveals that he’s been skating more than working on music recently and described his I Am Not A Human Being II as “underground.”

Check out Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz perform “Rich As F*ck” at America’s Most Wanted Tour‘s Birmingham, AL stop:

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  • SmittyJ

    Of course he doesn’t know where Hip Hop is at! That because he’s not Hip Hop!

    • Thomas Smith

      You are on point with that statement….

  • johnblacksad

    No wonder why all this bullsh!t music… he doesn’t know where hip hop is at… smh

    • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      u still puzzy as ur AVI

      • johnblacksad

        You gotta be the most boring troll I’ve ever seen… smh

  • I feel him on the drought of talent in hip hop, but he’s been on just a big a drought as anybody. His lyrics and song choices been mostly mediocre since the carter 2.

  • BOO BOE

    SMACK/URL NIGGA thats where its at

    • If I had to say something…it would be ^THIS.

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  • danboy1386

    this is not news to me i thought it was common knowledge that lil wayne doesnt know where hip-hop is at?

  • Tre C

    he’s been doing everything but hip hop for at least the last 5 years

  • He doesn’t listen to his own shit, but you all worship his music like it’s made of gold.

  • Tony G.

    and yall published this becuz?

  • so, arguably the biggest name in hip hop dont know whats going on in hiphop….. no wonder groupon got his tix for half price now.

  • NEWSKULL

    LOL that’s Birdman,Drake and Nicki Minaj included… at Least he is honest…

  • NiggasareREALLYNIGGERZ

    Hip Hop is Dead 1985 – 1999. What we have now is the eulogy!

  • brotha_man

    Go detox (no dre) and open ur eyes young man.

    • johnblacksad

      lol @ no dre

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  • love all music

    i dont get how hiphop is dead?

    • Matt Swan

      Hip Hop isn’t “dead” just todays rappers have no quality, originality, and definitely cannot “move the crowd”. Being an MC is a lost but not forgotten art.

    • Manstopmakingmeregister

      They mean “real” hip hop when we talking dead. Obviously hip hop as a genre is doing good as far as it being popular, chart topping and sells good. So its not dead as a business. But “real” hip hop, which im hoping i dont gotta explain, is dying but not dead, thats overly dramatic you still got guys like Nas, Sean P and a bunch others i dont want to list cause it will be boring. Basically hip hop has been commercialized so fast and jumped into the mainstream so quick and with such power it lost alot of its edge and creativity and artistic quality. Artistic quality being stuff like a Lyrical MC, good flow, word play, story telling and over all more complex rhyme schemes that are built in a way that it is more than just rhyming the last word of every bar (the lazy man’s rapping). Lazy man rapping poster child is the song “Ha” by Juvenile. First hes basically talking, i wouldnt call it rapping until the hook. And the way its set up as far as rhyme schemes is incredibly basic, each bar ends with the word Ha so thats the rhyme. He sometimes rhymes the word before Ha, heres my example

      “You got money for bail so now you ready to roll, ha/
      You ’bout to buy you a car ha/
      a ninety-nine ha/
      One that look somethin’ like mine, ha/

      So basically more difficult lyricism and MCing in general have gone down and now since the commercial success and where Hip Hop has gone, it has become pigeon holed as Club music which has to be simple enough for drunk idiots to “sing” along with. Even Jay Z admits he dumbs down his rhymes because to sell serious units you have to dumb down your songs.

      • dotheknowledge

        teach’m slick … teach’m !!

  • love all music

    as black people we are the only ones scared of evoloution we are gonna be always at a stand still.

  • love all music

    doo wop, new jack swing, and synth pop are things of the past that evolved into more than that thing it started from. only people that really love music will get me though.

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  • youngplaya

    Man that quote is crazy. I feel exactly the same way. Hit Bet..Who is this dude? sighhhhh same ol same ol eat chips drink my brew continue channel surfing..lol I remember when I didn’t turn off Bet but for a second. They need to bring back just letting videos play on the countdown r/b and rap used to all play the whole video too.

  • 123kid

    hip hop is down the toilet… so sad

  • Franky Babylon

    LMAO! That’s the same shit most of us and older rappers were saying about him and the wack rappers that followed. Never liked his high on lean, incoherent, sound like he rapping with a mouthful of roll over minutes, Struggle Bars.

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  • It also goes to show that both him and YMCMB AKA YMCA been topping the charts for the last 3-4years steering Hip-Hop to the watered down trash that it is now, but yet he has the nerve to say he doesn’t know where Hip Hop is right now…With all the pink wigs, bubblegum, crackhead, slow singing voice-over, auto-tune crap and even to the latest Tom-foolary between Dj Khaled and Nicki Minaj and he has the nerve to make a statement like that? WOW

    • DJ7

      Damn son…you’ve been on a roll as of late…can’t disagree with what you said one bit

  • Matt Swan

    As much as I don’t like him, this HAS to be the realest thing he’s said in……forever? But if you ask a real Hip Hop Head, he can tell you where it is, and it’s not on Mtv or BET.

  • trixnkix637

    He doesn’t know where Hip Hop is at because he’s never known where it’s been either.

  • Dead wrong

    Hip-hop became incorporated and lost it’s soul. Yea he’s about a dollar but who isn’t? To those pining for the days of old peep how many views Chief Keef gets in comparison to so-called conscious Mcs. People want trash music according to what’s popular at the moment.

    • Manstopmakingmeregister

      Thats nothing new tho. Its been incorporated for awhile now, and its making the music trash so i agree with your point.

      • love all music

        i get what you saying brother I’m just saying that as you know that hiphop is an art form right? so i look at it as art no matter the rapper how shallow or how deep the rapper is its all hip hop and all good to most people. everybody have their own taste in what artist they like and how that artist come off to them as an individual. i look at the vinyl as a blank canves and what the artist put on wax is genius because it was his or her thoughts at the time and that the creative space they where in. hip hop is dope and alive from lupe to all the way down to soulja boy lol. it like jean mitchell people thought his art was simple but when they looked at it and noticed the genius behind it millions come out to see his paintings.

      • love all music

        and as for juvi ha was a story that he was telling a true at that. everybody dont tell their story like carroll burnett, he told his like dr. seuss and still got his story out to millions. even jay z jumped on the remix. and you cant say jay not hiphop.

  • $18916246

    He doesn’t know because he just recites (no real pulse)…he don’t write, he’s YFBM (whatever) mascot…the new Ja-Rule with far less talent. A jester’s entertainer.

    • Arrie Mental Woodard

      he is not the new Ja Rule… people still joke on Ja Rule but he paved the way for all the rapping-singing thats out here. Plus Murder Inc had hit after hit and if you go back and listen to those songs, they are better than the bullshit of today.

      • DJ7

        I sincerely hope that you don’t truly believe your own statement youngsta…Ja Rule did no such paving…he just made it popular…smh

      • Arrie Mental Woodard

        You can take what i said literal or out of context to make yourself seem superior with the “youngsta” statement (when in actuality you have no idea how old I am) but what i meant was the same shit he was clowned for is the same shit that you hear a million times a day on the radio. and the songs were hits and pretty good.

      • dotheknowledge

        truthfully spoken !!!

      • 123kid

        without ja rule there would be no 50 cent plus everybody is sounding like ja rule these days you know who im talking about

      • $18916246

        My reference to Ja Rule pertains to be Ja Rule being used up by his label then sucker punched out of his success by being ostracized for reciting melodic hooks on his tracks? Little Wayne is the traditional flunkie rap star blinded by his labels phony allegiance.

    • DesignatedH8R

      I like the feigning of ignorance with the “YFBM” bullshit. You know what it is. I ain’t the biggest Lil’ Wayne fan, but the Ja Rule comparison, there’s nothing there.

  • disqus_R0wVfYtgDK

    That first sentence was just horrible grammar!

  • Negro Peligro

    You don’t have to follow other rappers when someone else is writing your lyrics.

  • speedy37

    U r one of the reasons hip hop is fucked up u gremlin.

  • Slaughtr

    I CAN’T BELIEVE WAYNE SHOOTING THAT BS YOU HELPED FCK UP HIP HOP WITH THAT DUMB SHIT SO BLAME YOUR SELF.

  • TimeWillTellu1

    Hip Hop is life and this is where life is…

  • Megaton

    Honestly I can’t knock him… I still end up bumping old Mobb Deep, Wu, Kool G, Twista, Common, Tha Liks, etc… My most recent listening playlist averages about 12 years old per track. And that’s counting like 4 releases from this year…

    • DesignatedH8R

      He’s not listening to that good 90’s shit. He’s talking listening to himself a few years ago when he was on top of his game.

  • jerry

    if you wana hear something that sounds like the old mob deep n wu tang but is current then check out spic n mick entitlement

  • DesignatedH8R

    This is about Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Jay-Z, and J. Cole being what’s in right now, and not him.