In 2007, Lil’ Wayne was on the top of the totem pole in the music, selling out concert venues all across the globe, a #1 album that sold over a million copies in its first week (unheard of in a day and age where music is illegally downloaded) and was scouting/signing various new talents (Drake/Nicki Minaj) to become a part of his now powerhouse label YMCMB. That July for the first time ever Lil’ Wayne was set to headline a show for the first time in New York City. Thousands of people packed into the sold-out Beacon Theatre excited to see the New Orleans’ rapper perform both new and old material. The energy inside the building was at an all-time high and only intensified when he showed up wearing a Run DMC T-shirt (paying homage to Queens-born group that would be on the Mount Rushmore of rap if there was one) brought out various special guests (Kanye West, New York’s very own Ja Rule and Juelz Santana) and made numerous references to his love for marijuana (an interest that the crowd seemed to share as well).
However, after the show concluded, the high Lil’ Wayne was riding from his memorable show was ruined when his crew was pulled over after New York City police officers smelled the tell-tale odor of weed permeating from his tour bus. They ended up finding firearms inside and arrested him on gun possession charges. He eventually was found guilty and spent eight months on Riker’s Island, a correctional facility in New York’s East River. His feud with New York seemed to be simmering down. That is, until Hot 97’s SummerJam this year. Two artists that are on the same label as him (Nicki Minaj and DJ Khaled) were scheduled to close out what hip-hop fans consider the biggest concert of the year. Everything was going as planned until one of the radio stations’ shock jocks, Peter Rosenberg, called Minaj’s song Starships “bullshit.” Adding, "fans want to hear real Hip-Hop music, not pop." This forced Lil’ Wayne to pull both Minaj and DJ Khaled from the show’s lineup and left tens of thousands of fans disappointed. His reasoning behind the move was he felt like Rosenberg had been disrespectful to women.
Well, Lil’ Wayne just in case you were wondering, the feelings are mutual; New York is not so fond of you either. Here are five reasons why Hip-Hop fans from New York want nothing to do with the self-proclaimed “Greatest Rapper Alive:”
1. Lame Albums
The anticipation leading up to the release of “Tha Carter III” can only be compared to how anxious fans used to be when they heard Dr. Dre was coming out with “Detox.” That’s how classic hip-hop fans expected the album to be. Unfortunately listeners were in for a major disappointment. The album couldn’t be played to in its entirety, without skipping over a track here and there. Oh yeah and it also gave us the awful auto-tuned, pop single “Lollipop.”
2. Studio Gangster
How can an rapper who prides himself in being so "hard" and such a "pimp" be photographed kissing another grown man who he also runs around calling “Daddy.”
3. Hideous Clothing Line
The emergence of Trunkfit (Lil Wayne’s clothing company.) Macy’s throughout the five boroughs recently started carrying this clothing company, which consists of loud, obnoxious logos that grown men should not be wearing.
4. Jeggings/Furry Ugg Boots
Numerous times this year, he’s been spotted sitting courtside at either Miami Heat or Los Angeles Lakers’ games wearing neon colored, furry winter boots not to mention the hideous leopard print jeggings (leggings that look like or are made from denim). What’s so “gangsta” about bright pink boots?!
5. Beef with Jay-Z
Lil' Wayne constantly takes subliminal shots at New York's very own and Brooklyn Nets owner, Jay-Z. It's happened a number of times,but two perfect examples are the pre-Grammy freestyle he performed this past year and the lyrics on the song "It's Good" off "Tha Carter IV." In his freestyle he said "I met a bad red bone, I took the b*tch home/ I asked her what she want to watch, she said, 'Surely not the Throne,' referring to the supergroup Jay-Z and Kanye West joined to create. As for "It's Good," in the songs' second verse Lil' Wayne can be heard rapping "Talkin' 'bout Baby money? I got your Baby money/ Kidnap yo' b*tch, get that how-much-you-love-your-lady money," which is another subliminal stab at Jay-Z and his wife, international music sensation, Beyonce.