The main reason I love Lil Wayne’s music so much is because he’s just straight up smart. I’m not talking about intelligence…I’m talking about his lyrical abilities. I pay very close attention to his rhymes because there’s always a nugget in there that makes me giggle. This article from the NY Times provides a typical review of the rapper post jail time but my favorite anecdote calls attention to the fact that he…gets creative, to say the least, with his lyrics.
Even Lil Wayne’s thinnest recent songs have featured some of the tossed-off one-liners that, in his tinny croak, sound more clever than they already are: “swagger just dumb/call it Kelly Bundy,” “shoot you nine times just in case you got cat lives,” “so misunderstood, but what’s a world without enigma?” And of course, from “6 Foot 7 Foot,” “real Gs move in silence like lasagna.”
As with before, when Wayne finds a theme he likes, he sticks with it: “pockets on obese,” “pockets on bodybuilder,” “pockets on Mo’Nique.” Or alternately, “They tipping on a budget/Man, they pockets getting skinny/ What is that, Jennifer Hudson?”
Disclaimer: I’m not on board with this “Lil Tunechi” persona. If he goes on a name change bender like Diddy, Puffy, Puff Daddy, whatever, I’m going to be really sad.