Nothing personal, but I've never really understood all the hype surrounding Lil' Wayne. I mean, sure he was once a part of the Hot Boyz, one of the dopest cliques in recent Hip-Hop annals, but as far as sheer talent goes Wayne's lyrics have always been weak, his subject matter limited and his flow can leave you more drowsy then a couple of bottles of Sudafed's. No surprise to me then that Wayne's solo career hasn't amounted to much (except for the blazin' "Tha Block Is Hot" single whose popularity was mostly due to a fabulous hook alongside tight board work from the underrated Mannie Fresh). Yet, despite even getting outshown by former "Lil'"-brethren Bow Wow on the "Hardball" single some years back, Wayne's ego has grown to the point where if he's not talking about teaching some homies how to rap in order to form his own group (thankfully that never saw the light of day), he's mumbling somethin' about filling Shawn Carter's shoes and even getting XXL covers. If the Hip-Hop media has been going out of their way to make Lil' Wayne into a star, it's good to know that the public isn't buying it.
Lil Wayne's newfound swagger, his countless guest appearances and Jay-Z's stamp of approval apparently aren't enough to draw concert-goers to one of his shows. According to "Dolla Dave" Belton, who was helping Big Dis Entertainment promoter organize the show, a Weezie concert at Flint, Michigan's Perani Arena was cancelled because not enough tickets were sold. Tickets for the show ranged between $25 and $30. Amanda Dallaire, Perani Arena's box office manager, is giving refunds at the point of purchase.
Sad, but true. Now can we please kill the hype?