Will Wayne Still Have It?

What a difference a year makes. This time last year T.I was knee deep into his prison sentence and Lil Wayne was the hottest rapper in the game (if you let Viacom tell it), making a myriad of guest appearances on a variety of albums while promoting his Young Money label, a motley crew featuring the likes of a thick-bodied woman with a penchant for making weird faces and noises, a Canadian, a guy I haven’t seen since he battled Ness in that old episode of Making The Band, the cousin of Gym Class Heroes front man Travis McCoy, two pre-teens and a bunch of random weed carriers holding fictional executive positions within the camp, all while staring down an impending prison sentence for a shitload of charges.

We all know what happened next: Wayne eventually went to prison, but not before getting allowed to fix his teeth first… side note: every one of us knows good and damn well that if we had the same problem with our teeth like Wayne’s, we’d still end up in prison the day we’re to start the sentence regardless. Rich privilege: the true AmeriKKKan Dream.

Anyways, Wayne went to prison and T.I came out. However, T.I wasn’t able to exactly capture the same glory he had during his Paper Trail run, or at least musically (he was in a movie that topped the box office for a week; I’ll give him that much). One mixtape, a couple of underwhelming singles and one fateful trip to Los Angeles later, T.I is now back in prison (I guess certain things don’t change) and Wayne is out and, as you read this, probably knee-deep inside of Lauren London making up for lost, unprotected time, gearing up to make his blitzkrieg run of songs, concert appearances, interviews on his prison experience and the reasons why nobody should go to prison (outside of increasing your chances of getting butt-raped), court dates and whatever rappers do once they come out of jail. The only difference now is that what was considered nothing more than a vanity label to put on his friends before he went in has actually turned into a somewhat legitimate label now that he’s out, with a couple of successful albums to its name and arguably boasting today’s two hottest artists of the moment in Nicki Minaj and Drake. Hell, even Tyga has a hit single on his hands with “Deuces,” even if most of us only know Chris Brown’s parts.

Now that Wayne is out, not only will he be able to walk around with headphones and a charger legally he’ll now have to compete with his own stable. Whereas Kanye West and T.I are still considered the top acts on their respective labels despite having the likes of Mos Def, B.o.B, Pusha T and… um… Big Kuntry, Wayne now has to actually compete with his two former role players looking to be starters for the team. While this may prove beneficial for his own comeback, like how Jordan and Pippen were during Michael’s first return to the NBA, this could also stir the pot on who is really the best member of Young Money.

It must really suck for Jae Millz and Gudda Gudda, however. But I’m straying from the point.

Lil Wayne is going to have some stiff competition, but alongside the typical stalwarts like Jay or Kanye it’s also coming from within his own camp. While I have no doubt that within a month’s time he’ll be back to normal, where his positioning will be remains to be seen.

  • d-bo

    Personally, I don’t give a fuck that he’s out. I hate the dude’s music but I can’t say I care one way or another. If it ain’t Wayne makin sub-par raps, it’ll be someone else, but sub-par raps is gettin made either way.

  • Me

    You Should really get someone to edit your posts… You run one of the top hip hop blogs in America and your writing is terrible.. No Hate Just Love. These Slang editorials make no sense because your writing is so bad. Sorry I’m not trying to be mean.

    • MRK

      They call it a SLANG editorial for a reason genius.

  • Joshua

    Every time I read Meka’s posts, I see people always pointing out the editing errors. I really don’t see anything wrong; I got the gist of what he was trying to say. Stop trying to make a scene…

    I can’t see Wayne not doing well, not that I appreciate his musical contributions very much. His fanbase and radio are just too faithful to ever let him fall. I thought T.I. had the same kind of support, but I guess not.

  • http://www.crackedatoms.com sxc

    how do the slang editorials make no sense? gtfo

    i think wayne will still have it. doing time probably helped him gain a broader life perspective and all eyes are still on him. look for him to be hungry

    • Me

      Of course it would make sense to you. Look at how you worded that question. You just butchered the english language. Learn a bit about it before you comment. This could have been a great post, if he knew how to write more concise.

      • I

        @Me – concisely*

        • me

          @ I your right it should be concisely.

        • Him

          Actually, it should be “you’re right”. Not that editing is really that important…

        • We

          Actually, it should be “you’re right”. Not that editing is really that important…

        • Me

          @ Him and We ” you’re or you are” correct. I am not trying to be rude. I just think this could have been a really great post if it was written better. That is all. I love 2 dope boys.

        • Nitty

          …how pathetic, you have to comment/reply yourself just to prove a point? Obvious troll is obvious.

      • kedordu

        what an idiiiiiieeeeeaaaaaaaaaaat . edit that !!!

  • truth

    To be fair, if you are going to write something that people will read, you might as well make it grammatically correct.

  • I.N.V.

    Yeah I never really thought of shit like that. T.I. got B.o.B Killer Mike on his label but is still considered head honcho. Same with Kanye with Pusha, CyHi, Sean etc. But wayne competing with 2 of the biggest artists in the game right now in his label + there’s Cory Gunz & Short Dawg who have a lot of talent too & Tyga’s doing his thing

    You gotta give Wayne props though cause it seems like when artists start labels they try to get people who’ll make them look better lol

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  • Yawn

    @ ALL bickering:

    It’s a fucking blog, get over it. If everyone that corrects Meka really had some skills of their own, go apply and get your own fuckin blog or start your own top hip hop blog and see who really got the juice.

    smh at people alll of a sudden having fuckin English PhD’s and try to correct bloggers on grammar.

    • http://twitter.com/comediansonnyg ComedianSonnyG

      Agreed. Are we really going to argue grammer on a hip hop blog? Really? How… Non hip hop.

  • betrott

    Wayne will be ok. Drake’s team seemed to be underwhelmed by TML’s success (especially not being able to make a hit as big as Best I Ever Had & Successful). Nicki is almost suffering the same fate. I think Kanye & Nicki dropped the ball by not extended their “turn-in” dates to the label, so they could sneak in a quick post-prison Wayne verse.

  • TWINCITY.SKIMASK

    I CAN’T STAND WAYNE MUSIC IF THATS WHAT YOU WANNA CALL THAT BABBLE……..HE TRASH DRAKE SHIT IS BETTA AND HE POP……FORMER GHOST WRITER.

  • swype-matic

    Will he still have what? Terrible, nonsensical overhyped music? Yes.

  • jane

    Lil Wayne went to rehab…