A Sober Lil Wayne: Brilliant or No?

Here are some solid arguments for and against a clean-living rapper

Wayne recently admitted to radio DJ Angie Martinez that from a creative perspective, sobriety makes things more difficult for him. This is not a good thing. Rap stars are supposed to be divinely inspired, not labored and stilted. What next, spoken-word poetry? What we all love (make that "loved") about Wayne was his spontaneity, humor and unpredictability. These characteristics seem to have gone down the drain, along with his stash.

Biggie, Tupac, Kurt Cobain, F. Scott Fitzgerald: Our heroes are our heroes for a reason; they burned out before they got a chance to suck. With Wayne off the sauce, there's every reason to think his new, polished material will not live up to his previous, gloriously unhinged work. Tha Carter IV could be filled with fresh flows, precise rhymes and the best rapping of Wayne's career. That might be an unmitigated disaster.

A condensed version of this story appeared on our music blog, Heard Mentality, in April.

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Lil Wayne performs with Rick Ross, Keri Hilson, Far East Movement and Lloyd at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, www.livenation.com. Fri., 7:30 p.m. $38.75-$201.75. All ages.

This article appeared in print as "Sober Lil Wayne: Good or Bad? The arguments for and against an alcohol-free Weezy."

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585 Hassan
585 Hassan

He wouldn't be wayne without drugs. Idgaf about him or his personal life, I like his music better when he's high, I want him to go back to being high. That's my opinion on him as a musician. If he was my friend I'd tell him to man the fuck up and put the drugs away. But I don't know him personally and therefore would prefer he made his music high. Just my opinion.


Yea, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain burnt out in their prime - and thus have inspired a bunch of 16 year old suburban hipster kids to get addicted to heroin. "Shame on Weezy for not self-desctructing!" - just an example of how morbid our society is. The guy has kids: we should be applauding him for making a positive life decision and setting an example for the millions suffering from substance abuse that AREN'T rich celebrities...

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