Thursday, October 13 2016 6:49 am
Lil Wayne is a rock star in hip-hop. Everybody knows Lil Wayne, and most rappers in the game strive for the success that Lil Wayne has enjoyed. Many would even vie that among the younger generations of rappers, most want to be like Lil Wayne. And as is often the case with rock stardom, he’s met so many rappers and aspiring rappers along his journey, he’s seen so many fads come and go, that he’s really become aloof to it all. According to Wayne, he couldn’t tell you the first thing about 21 Savage, Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert, or Kodak Black, and he admits that much is true in a feature story he did with the New York Times on Wednesday, October 12.
“I swear to God I didn’t know you were saying people’s names just now, so that should probably answer that question,” he responded when asked what he thought about the music of the four aforementioned rappers.
This isn’t the first time Wayne was asked of the current crop of rap underclassmen. Back in September, he told Hip Hop Crown Nation that he often keeps an assistant close by when working with new school rappers, that way when he forgets who is who, he can be reminded with a whisper in the ear. In that interview he did salute the energy with which young rappers are bringing their music, saying that it is an area of progress from the stoic nature of emcees back when he was coming up. But he said he couldn’t compare what he had to go through to gain notoriety back in the day, with how easy rappers have it today. And due to that fact, he implied that the up and comers shouldn’t get it confused. “Anybody could just become somebody. And you know, what the thing is, what I hate to shatter their world with is that, you’re actually not somebody,” he said.