No End To The Drought

Before Tip left, Paper Trail was his Grammy nominated confessional.

Before Gucci went back to prison, The State vs. Radric Davis was released.

Before Boosie unwillingly became a product of the system, Superbad: The Return of Boosie Bad Azz served as his final words as a free man.

Now, with Wayne checking into Rikers today after shooting close to 20 music videos in the last three weeks, Rebirth stands as his last official solo project until late 2010 or early 2011.

Where his rock inspired album may have left his hardcore fans unsatisfied and the Young Money compilation just that, the last “true” Weezy release remains last fall’s No Ceilings. Had this been any other artist, this would have sufficed. For Dr. Carter though, the expectations are a tad different and the bar a little higher. As far as I know, there is no Dedication 4 in the works. And Tha Carter IV isn’t set to drop until 2011. Cue Empire and The Drought series. And get this, he supposedly has “several” records from C4, two of which we already heard of, “Long Awaited” and “30 Minutes To N.O.”

Ask Wayne what he thinks of the series, well, he’s already voiced his opinion years ago.

“This Empire, nigga, I don’t fuck with him. For all deejays I just want you to know that [the diss] was meant for that Empire nigga. I don’t fuck the Empire nigga. The nigga put a CD out on me every month and I couldn’t tell you how none of them niggas look in person…“If you made the Wayne’s World Vol 1-7 then your mama’s a bitch! And if you the Empire nigga, I hope you die twice tomorrow!”

Ask the fans, however, and it’s arguably the most successful “unofficial” mixtape line of all time.  Unlike many tapes, these were not filled with previously heard records. The Drought is known for its exclusivity. Some of those records, such as “1000 Degrees” and “Ask Them Hoes,” even went on to become anthems in their own right. Deny it all he wants, but The Drought also played a role in Wayne eventually selling 1.5 million the first week with Tha Carter III. Sure, records were leaked prematurely, but it only helped cultivate the buzz and work ethic we know today.

For the remainder of 2010, expect to see business as usual. The occasional remix and “unreleased” records will litter the Internet. And he’s got plenty of videos in the stash to remind you just how extraordinary his dedication truly is (no pun intended). But when thinking of full length projects, The Drought 7 will be what ultimately serves as his incarcerated soundtrack.

Whether he likes it or not.

  • escobar9300

    Fail ass blog.

  • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

    Somehow, I stayed awake through the whole column…

  • DV8

    Yet another brick. Maybe you should post in the news section. Then we wont get tricked into thinking its a blog.

    Hey XXL did you guys know Jean Grae blogs? Maybe you should give her a call.

  • Worley

    Wayne is probably the biggest example of an artist whose mixtapes outshine his official albums. Tragic.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com 2XL

    im confused. how is this not a blog? good read imo.

    regardless, i’m excited to hear D7. the best one to me was D4.

    • Brahsef

      Obviously it’s not a blog, because it’s about Weezy and not overtly negative about him. XXL posters hate Wayne.

      • DV8

        the fact that the blog is about Wayne is not the problem here. The fact that the blog is boring is. Syk just jacked this post and did a way better version down below (scroll down)

  • Weston

    You know what is civilized? Having a point.

  • that nigga

    Give her a break, nice read Karen. And Wayne should kinda be thankin’ and kickin’ Empires’ ass at the same time. Actually he helped more than he hurt tha lil Gremlin.

  • John Cochran

    I think when we look back on Lil Wayne’s career he’ll be in the catagory of a Jadakiss, Fabolous, or Busta, meaning his mixtapes will always be better than his albums. Don’t get me wrong, The Carter 2 was dope, but I banged his mixtapes that year more. I also think he should’nt go so hard on the DJ’s, because they practically made him. Shit, they should get someone to leak Drake’s shit cause his buzz is fading and every new tape has the same shit on it.

    • yoprince

      ha!

      Wayne sold 1.5 mill in a week. Fab? Busta? Jada? c’mon son.

  • Bruce

    Good stuff Karen. Real good to see you expanding out here. One thing you’ll learn about the comments around here, a great majority of them are negative. Some hold truth and some are complete BS.

    But I think this was a pretty good read. I cant speak for others, but the point I got out of this was simple and it said it in the final paragrah: The Drought 7 will define Wayne in 2010 and if it’s as hot as Empire says it will be…then I see no reason to doubt him.

    Keep doing your thing Miss Civil.

  • http://www.bboycult.com $ykotic Don McCaine

    At the end of the day, when one lays their head on the pillow and reflects on the day’s events, you realize that Wayne should be concerned about other issues other than a mixtape or what he has left behind in the terms of ‘promotional’ music. His kids will have the wolves around them, his lost revenue, the progress of his ventures, and his open case in Arizona. Yes he may have to serve a concurrent sentence. His charges in Arizona mirror the charges he pled out to in NYC.

    Like someone told me yesterday, trap music is on it’s last leg. T.I. can’t come out and start talking about it, not after the hotline and the reality show. Gucci has already showed he has smarts (the XXL interview), and he may come home to have to start over again (pending fed investigation into Mgmt), you barely hear a peep about him now. Waka’s probably got another song in him, OJ’s a sidekick.

    Drake will be out. He’s actually the dragon (trap music) slayer.

    I said HMMM, good point homie. Who knows if Wayne will have a change of heart? Isn’t it known that most men go in as Paul and come out Abdul? Being in P.C. gives you a WHOLE lot of time to think, a WHOLE lot of time. For any who think he’s getting the ‘Goodfellas’ treatment inside will have to google and YouTube some history on Riker’s. If anything he’ll get some good food smuggled in and unlimited music (radio) at his disposal.

    Baby and Slim have Minaj left to work on (Drake is Motown). About the time her buzz may even be close to justify an album Wayne MAY be coming home. I bet home girl gets the sidearm if that scenario plays out. Yes I said it, her buzz now will be about motivation, not music. That monster song better live up to it’s name. Money is at stake right now, gotta get some of that money back to cover the Wayne losses.

    So dropping a Drought mixer is even a loss. No Carter 3.5? Smarter move. A 7 song EP in stores is a better way to stay in the fans’ mind. Bet you Universal would like my version of a power move.

    Until his sentence is served, the Lil’ Wayne brand will suffer a Drought. Baby’s bored so he’s tatting his head up.

    • John Cochran

      I’m sorry, is this the comment section or another blog? Cut it down a paragraph Mcaine.

    • http://www.bboycult.com $ykotic Don McCaine

      ^ LOL

      You should know how I type by now…

      • John Cochran

        Yeah, I know, but I just had to do it. Lol

    • DV8

      hmmm…..remember that blog you did a few days ago at bboycult.com about wack rappers fading away and iller MC’s ripping they beats? Does that apply to wack bloggers too?

      • http://www.bboycult.com $ykotic Don McCaine

        1. Thank you all for appreciating my thoughts/comments. I don’t want to downgrade or downplay any of Miss Civil’s accomplishments.

        But I am getting my Diddy on.

        2. My real wish would be for Karen to be that female voice of this rap thing and speak out, the game needs it. Her genre is dormant and she has the opportunity to make her voice heard. No shots but this reads like a press release for ‘Drought’.

        3. XXL would quell my voice of giving the really real out, but I would guest blog for a Redman G-Shock and some Diamond gear (think about it Nessa. Just take the watch off of someone’s wrist up there! LOL).

        4. Don’t throw stones if you can’t see I’m helping. The greatest form of respect is to volunteer your services for the cause.

        Let’s build and stop destroying.

        • http://www.jamal7mile.blogspot.com Jamal7Mile

          …and the board says AMEN!

        • DV8

          your absolutely right. I need to check myself.

          “2. My real wish would be for Karen to be that female voice of this rap thing and speak out, the game needs it. Her genre is dormant and she has the opportunity to make her voice heard. No shots but this reads like a press release for ‘Drought’.”

          Thats exactly what im looking for. All I ask is for a little push of the envelope, a little ruffling of some feathers. A bloggers duty is to “edutain”. Yes we want information but we also want to know your opinion of the matter. If your not making us think or laugh then whats the point?

        • NotoriousAGC

          Wus good Syk,shit i think Karen Civil needs A LOT of your help, i would consider it being like a “blog blood transfusion” feel me?(no homo). She really shouldn’t be in the blog section all her blogs are bits of news and quotes she got from probably another source. The only thing close to a blog is her intro and outro LOL and her BANNER with her cute smile(holla at me ma :D).I know there are more people who think as i do

    • avenger xl

      Yep you are correct the trap brand is suffering mostly due to oversaturation by every d bag who ever laced a club beat with a weak sixteen about his fantasy life on the corner. The fact all of their front runners are going to jail won’t help either.

      I think Drake will not translate into a hip-hop legend but I think he is the death nil for more than trap music sadly enough because he is the ultimate manufactured brand.

  • Bruce

    So dropping a Drought mixer is even a loss. No Carter 3.5? Smarter move. A 7 song EP in stores is a better way to stay in the fans’ mind. Bet you Universal would like my version of a power move.

    ———-

    Not a bad idea at all.

  • newyawka631

    ^^^^^^^^^^^
    XXL,give this man his own blog pleaseeee..

  • KLETEWOOD

    The Empire nigga definitely has connections with Waynes camp. All those leaked songs are fire.

    I hate his intro… “Damn you’ve been hit in the head with a world wide exclusive”. Or, “Empire Mixtapes…not for the weak heart”.

    Here’s my favorite drought is over songs….
    Ask them hoes
    Brand New
    Zoo
    Diamonds and Girls
    Feel like Dyin
    Im a beast
    March it out
    One night only

    • Lowedwn

      Feel Like Dyin & I’m a Beast are my shit too, but hands down the best Drought series Wayne track has got to be “Back On My Grizzy” from Drought 3.

      Back On My Grizzy > A Milli

      • Anonymous

        Back On My Grizzy is that shit. Bout to cue that up right now. Storch came with the heat on that beat.

      • yoprince

        ‘back on my grizzy’ is fire!

      • KLETEWOOD

        No Doubt…Back on my Grizzy slipped my mind and its a HEATER.

  • http://www.facebook.com/maxprofit Max Profit

    Empire is a good ol fashion jack yo sh*t DJ!
    DJ Clue used to be great at this too.

  • lupe?

    Syk did a better job than this karen civil. sorry civil. i know you been takin a lot of heat for your small and boring blog posts but its true. you need to seriously step it up.

  • http://www.candidbackshots.com candid BACKShots

    great post Civil. some commenters are idiots who can only enjoy a post if Bol wrote it and he is an idiot too.

    • http://www.bboycult.com $ykotic Don McCaine

      4. Don’t throw stones if you can’t see I’m helping. The greatest form of respect is to volunteer your services for the cause.

      Let’s build and stop destroying.

      ^

    • DV8

      dont throw stones out of a glasshouse pimp.

      Wonder if Ms.Civil appreciates the subject matter of your website.

  • http://j-mace,deviantart.com Shawty J

    This blog is a fail.

    “The Drought” is an official series, consisting primarily of freestyles, my brother had a few of those mixtapes on my old computer. Which stopped at volume 3.

    You’re thinking of “The Drought Is Over” which is the series that the Empire puts out. Which consist of songs that were intended for the Cater III.

  • oskamadison

    How about fuck a mixtape and use this “iron vacation” (word to the Wu!!!) to fall back, give us a chance to miss you. Drought my ass, Weezy’s been drowning us for the past 5 years. Maybe I’m just showing my age but damn, do you really have to have 3 mixtapes and 20 videos in the stash before you do a YEAR?!! And of course, he’ll end up probably doing only 6-8 months maybe. I know this is apples and oranges but damn Sade was gone for 2 presidents, came back and went gold the first week like it wasn’t shit.
    Put it like this: if you REALLY think that you’re the one, just bounce, no mixtapes, nothing, leave your spot open. If your spot is there when you get back, THEN you that dude. If your spot is gone and you take it back, THEN you that dude. Let your lil’ homie Drake get his burn ’cause he’s going to need that Universal Motown machine to be hummin’.

  • jelhjls

    real talk $yk needs to get a guest blog on here at least man. when he wants to he would destroy even 90 percent of the bloggers that left here that everyone thought were amazing. nobody is fucking with bol though. also tony grands is nice with it. $yk has his own style though prolly not gimmicky enough for this site. i pretty sure they wouldn’t want it with a dude like syk (II). Sorry to this girl here but she is like frank the entertainer on his new own vh1 show. Her, like frank ain’t ready for primetime and the end result is not good. not good at all. whatever let her keep her blog i not tryin to take food off her table just put her blog below $yks new one. on another note Mr.Boston from vh1 new york show is the greatest legend to ever live.

  • lee

    actually, theres “The Drought” mixtapes 1-3 that Lil’ Wayne put out himself, then some fag named Empire decided to make mixtapes called the Drought is Over and it was jus leaked songs. FUck the Drought is over 7? We still need Drought 4 from wayne….get ur info straight before comin and sayin we need a another mixtape with some idiot screamin EMPIREEEEE on every single song!!!

  • The Truth

    Leave the blogs to Bol

  • wayniac

    yo its “the drought is over 1-7″ series that the empire releases. “da drought 1-3″ is an official mixtape series by wayne n khaled

    fyi

  • Truthspeaker

    This girl can’t blog…she need to be an accountant or something…bring back Ron Mexico!!!!!

  • Juice

    by “drought” does he mean the line of mixtapes entitled “the drought is over”? because weezy fuckd wit “The Drought 3″ wit Sky is The Limit and all trhose tracks

  • http://www.bboycult.com $ykotic Don McCaine

    “Gucci has already showed he has smarts (the XXL interview), and he may come home to have to start over again (pending fed investigation into Mgmt)”

    ^ Choo see it?

    gyantunplugged.com/atlanta/
    breaking-blog-johnny-cabelles-atlanta-offices
    -raided-property-officially-all-over
    -the-downtown-streets/

  • NotoriousAGC

    there is a drought alright, of good BLOGGERS