Unlike historical figures like Doug E. Fresh and Biz Markie who used their voices to create new sounds, Lil Wayne, like Coltrane is really using his voice to find alternative registers for what has clearly been a life lived in absurdity and pain–even if some of it might have been self inflicted. And perhaps it is as it should be, as Lil Wayne’s urges us to come to terms with the first edge of the Post-Katrina Blues.
Lil Wayne – Real Rap
A Blender magazine cover story offers a glimpse into the world of Wayne –
Like any rock star, Lil Wayne isnâ€™t immune to self-mythologizing. To hear him tell it, heâ€™s a superman: He describes surviving two bulletsâ€”one a self-inflicted accident at age 12 and one fired into his bus by an angry groupieâ€”with chuckling Ã©lan; heâ€™s an indefatigable hustler: â€œIâ€™m always in the labâ€; and heâ€™s an artist beholden to no one but his own codeine-addled muse: â€œThe word pressure is not in my vocabulary.â€
But the man desperately needs a vacation. The first day we meet, heâ€™s running 10 hours behindâ€”handlers try to rouse him from bed throughout the day, but word keeps coming back that â€œheâ€™s in a coma.â€ The next day, at his condo, he snaps at T for failing to pack enough cough syrup for the trip to Atlanta. â€œI thought you said you were doing it,â€ T protests.
â€œMe? Why would I say that?â€ Wayne snarls. â€œSince when is that my job?â€