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.

Where's the sizzurp?
Where's the sizzurp?

Details

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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