Is Lil Wayne going to be remembered as the musical genius who became irrelevant because of drugs and a lack of musical focus? That is the question that many music observers and critics ask when they discuss Lil Wayne. Over the course of his career over 109 of his songs have achievd top 100 designation on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. This is a number greater than Elvis Presley and is number one and yet the headliner of Cash Money Records over the past two to three years has become known for almost everything other than his music.
The headlines for Lil Wayne have consisted of being arrested for weapons possession, marijuana use, disagreements with other rap entertainers and delayed album releases. The current situation of Lil Wayne is a travesty to his talent because as a rapper he is very talented but that talent may be diminished or may not even exist anymore due to all the drugs that he has put into his body.
He has noted in interviews that his last album will be "Tha Carter V" but the production of this album has been delayed so many times that even his true fans question whether he will ever produce and release this album. Lil Wayne has unfortunately become a shadow of his past greatness and that is a shame because when he was able to write and rap he produced some excellent music, in particular the music from his 2008 album "Tha Carter III" which is his most successful album ever.
Lil Wayne is an unfortunate example of what happens when an entertainer is unwilling to help themselves by saying no to the drugs. The music industry is hoping that Lil Wayne, a rapper who knows the history of music and is a fan of rock and roll looks at how Mick Jagger, a performer who seemingly could not survive without drugs and alcohol, cleaned up his act and is now still performing to sold out shows despite being 70 and having the body of someone thirty years younger.
Will Lil Wayne become the rap equivalent of Mick Jagger or will he succumb to the drugs and have his career end in infamy as so many before him. The music industry is hoping the former occurs.