Friday, August 19, 2011

Oh Lil Wayne...You Still Suck

Today on my drive home, I got a little sick of NPR, so I switched over to the top 20 station. I don't do this as often now as I used to, and I'm thinking this might be why.

Wheezy has a new song out, How to Love...I've heard it once or twice before. In general it's super cheesy and not at all catchy or fun. This time I heard it, I actually listened to a bit of the lyrics more closely.

So fly its like a blessing but you can’t have a man look at you for 5 seconds
Without you being insecure
You never credit yourself so when you got older
It’s seems like you came back 10 times over
Now you’re sitting here in this damn corner
Looking through all your thoughts and looking over your shoulder

Hmm...let me get to this in a second. But first, some context. It's no great surprise that many feminists aren't generally fond of Lil Wayne. His songs are known for being outwardly misogynist. One of his biggest hits reduces women to their body parts and ability to preform oral sex on him, which he "lets" them do, because he is, ya know, a nice rapper like that. And even when he attempts to celebrate women, his lyrics are often objectifying and dehumanizing. He routinely uses "hoes" to replace the word woman and is almost always looking for a way to put something about his penis in the lyrics with said "hoes." Also, in his beautifully articulate and intelligently named song Ask Dem Hoes he rambles about women, painting a one dimensional view of them. Basically, they just want him for sex and money.

So back to this new(er) song. When I hear How to Love and these lyrics in particular, I can't help but laugh. In his face. He posits that women are gold digging hoes, only good for a lay, and then in How to Love he wonders why the woman he is looking at seems insecure?

Really? There's no possible way that she's afraid you're about to put her in that same ho-box?There's no way that she has a hard time loving you because you're constantly spouting off misogynistic bullshit? There's no way that she has a hard time "crediting herself" because you have put it in her head that she's just an object?

Nope. In Wheezy's world she's insecure because she needs to learn how to love. And that's the fault of some other guys, or "crooks" as it were.

It's honestly laughable. As I often say, you just gotta laugh so you don't cry. In that spirit, I give you...
(Apologies for the horrible quality-it's all I could find on YouTube.)

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