If 2008 stands as a year for moving forward, then
Lil Wayne is well into the future. As the years most celebrated
rapper, the New Orleans-based lyricist also earns the title of most
controversial with nary a month going by without a headline.
January, Lil Wayne was charged with of felony possession of a narcotic
for sale, possession of dangerous drugs, and possession of drug
paraphernalia after his tour bus was pulled over by U.S. Border Patrol
officers near Dateland, Arizona.
The Arizona case was not the only legal situation involving the man born Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr.
The rapper found himself dealing with gun charges for an incident that
occurred last July as well as a lawsuit from a man wanting compensation
for work done on his 1999 Bentley Arnage. In addition, another lawsuit
was filed against Lil Wayne regarding copyright infringement and unfair
competition for the alleged unauthorized use of the Rolling Stones song
“Play With Fire” with a song featuring the same title.
this, Wayne did manage to resolve two of his major financial debts and
find time to launch his One Family Foundation, create his own brand of
champagne called Halo, collaborate with various rappers and singers to
dominate radio and further his acting career with a starring role in
the upcoming film The Patriots.And
while he endured his share of ups and downs, Lil Wayne achieved his
greatest victory this year with the release of his latest album Tha Carter III.
Powered by hit singles Lollipop, Got Money and A Milli, the
release lived up to the title of the latter song by sitting atop the
Billboard 200 with more than 1 million copies sold in its first week.
Tha Carter IIIs
showing was even more impressive considering the uproar Lil Wayne
created in May when he made comments against mixtape DJs. The fallout
from the remarks manifested in a leak of the album days before its
official release on June 10. Couple that with criticism from the Rev.
Al Sharpton, a string of canceled concerts and Weezy had more than
enough drama to keep the project on the minds of fans for a good
portion of 2008.
Nevertheless, Mr. Carter proved to have the last laugh with eight Grammy nominations for his work on Tha Carter III and the launch of his highly anticipated I Am Music tour. He even managed to break onto Billboards rock chart with Framing Hanleys cover of Lollipop and become the first Hip-Hop artist to ever perform at the Country Music Awards.
Now that 2008 is fading, the question now is what will Lil Waynes 2009 shape up to be? Whatever comes, the self-proclaimed best rapper alive is sure to fight diligently to keep his chokehold on rap music secure.