Is Lil Wayne Skateboarding His Career Into a Strange Place?January 3rd, 2013
By Dan Reagans
Changing, growing and pushing the envelope is all a part of a rapper’s artistry, but sometimes the line between creativity and madness can get easily blurred. While I dare not call Lil Wayne crazy or out of touch (just yet), I will be brave and state that the YMCB leader is skating dangerously close to that line. Literally.
Over the years, Lil Weezy has acquired an assortment of tattoos, but his latest tatt, “Baked,” in tribute to the company Bakers Skateboards, across his forehead does warrant some skepticism in regards to the direction and future of his career. Yeah, we’ve all heard it before, everything changes, nothing stays the same. But wearing women’s leggings and using your forehead as a tattoo canvas to pay ode to a skateboard company probably doesn’t sit well deep down with die hard Tunechi fans.
Sure, Weezy was ahead of his time when he ushered us all into the “bling bling” era or when he blessed us with the classic early Carter editions. But merging hip hop and the world of skateboarding may prove to be too daunting of a task. Let’s be honest, it almost feels like Wayne’s lost himself in the process and has seemingly dropped one culture for the other.
Evolution is a natural part of life, especially in hip hop. But not all evolution is good, just ask the general masses about Snoop Dogg’s 2012 rap persona Snoop Lion. While the Rastafarian adaptation didn’t catch on as planned, Snoop’s musical legacy is irreplaceable and solidified so much so that missteps and brain farts won’t hurt the D-O-Double-G as much as it may other artists. So while Snoop found religion and Hov matured into a business mogul/family man, the best rapper alive has evolved into a skateboarder?
Wayne’s stated time and time again that he’s bored with rap but hopefully he can find a way to make a smoother transition. Or, at best, find a space where the two worlds can co-exist and still not lose sight of the Wayne we’ve all come to know and love. If not, things will just get weirder (yup, weirder than getting “Baked” tattooed on your forehead). I wonder what awaits Young Tun’ in his 40s.