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Tuesday, December 05, 2023

Lil Wayne is the voice of our generation.

Not because we also started dealing drugs at age 11. Not because, every day, we drink gallon jugs of Hawaiian Punch mixed with a bottle of Robitussin from the moment we wake from what can only be referred to politely as a concubine pile. And not because we too need a Winn-Dixie grocery bag full of money, right now, to the VIP section.

Even if you do share these traits, it doesn't matter. He's our voice because he represents our current state of humanity, or as another might argue, an eternal testament to how we are so animalistic.

Power, sex, violence, money, drugs. Did I already say sex? Make no mistake, "Weezy Baby's" content is not appropriate for younger audiences or the easily offended.

Shakespeare was very similar in these regards. Now, I can't claim to have studied Shakespeare intensely, but I've read some works and am currently going back to reading more -- mostly because I started listening to Lil Wayne.

Anyway, Shakespeare loved his sex and sexual puns. Take the scene in "Hamlet" for instance, when Hamlet rests his head upon Ophelia's lap and speaks warmly of "country matters," or in "Twelfth Night" when Malvolio, in effect, spells out a four-letter word, again referring to female anatomy.

Then there is all the death and killing and power struggles -- and everyone knows Shakespeare did drugs, which he alludes to in his non-dramatic works.

So does this mean generations later, students will be studying Weezy F. Baby? I have a dream…

But back to our generation. Are we another lost one? Have consumerism, capitalist society and Wall Street claimed our ambition and confidence forever? Have our "traditional values" been warped?

In a word, yes. We're a generation of debauchery, superficiality and self-awareness. But then again, what generation truly wasn't?

Weezy isn't so much a leader as he is a prime example of everything the generation wants to be: confident, powerful, rich, sexed-up, drugged-out.

Mr. Carter isn't infallible though. He has some sick drops, but also many terminally ill rhymes and references. Let's just say Adam Sandler's movie "Click" gets a shout-out.

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It does serve as a reminder of Weezy's own humanity, even though he often reminds us of his alienation from it, proclaiming himself a Martian. Outer-space-Wayne probably looks upon us from his flying stretch Escalade saucer -- at our courtesies and false smiles, at our societal protocols, at our bureaucratic demeanors - and laughs the laugh that sells millions of records, exhaling THC with each chuckle.

That is why he is our voice and not another - because he truly believes he is not part of our world, and he isn't. He's living our generation's dreams, however subconscious they might be.

Even if you can't swallow my words, he's at the very least a prominent icon in our culture.

And if that's too nasty, spit it back at me.

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