Lil’ Wayne had a ‘little’ surprise for listeners patiently waiting for his latest mixtape Dedication 4 that dropped late Monday afternoon.
Lil’ Wayne featured up-and-coming Chicago rapper Lil’ Mouse for a remix of the 13-year-old emcee’s song “Get Smoked.” The Young Money Cash Money Billionaire traded bars with the South Side Chicago rapper on track eight of his mixtape.
“I’m rolling/ All my n***gas rolling/Keep that f***king red bandanna Hulk Hogan,” Lil’ Wayne raps.
Lil’ Mouse enters the song with familiar lyrics from the original “Get Smoked” song.
“30 clips and them hollow tips make him do the running man,” he raps.
Lil’ Wayne may find himself the target of potential backlash for the track. Many youths consider the Young Money general a role model. His endorsement of a teenaged rapper whose lyrical content is nothing short of profane has sparked controversy.
What is even more troubling about Lil’ Mouse, who raps about drugs, sex and murder, is that he is a product of Chicago’s notorious “Wild Wild Hundreds” on the city’s gritty South Side. The city of Chicago is experiencing what many consider a “genocide” of primarily Black and Latino people with over 300 homicide victims in 2012 alone.
The Huffington Post wrote an article with a disturbing title stating Chicago’s homicide rate is worse than Kabul, Afghanistan.
That being said, it was not a wise decision for Lil’ Wayne to endorse Lil’ Mouse. Lil’ Wayne was fortunate to escape the poverty and perils of New Orleans. Lil’ Mouse has not. Though Lil’ Wayne may have perhaps made Lil’ Mouse the most popular rapper in his city, he also succeeded in making the young emcee a target.
Fans of Hip-Hop will debate back and forth on whether Weezy’s bars on this mixtape surpassed his previous efforts. The real debate should be whether Wayne has progressed as an adult. As a man who is pushing 30 years of age, it should be questioned why an adult would promote violence on a record with a minor.
To support this track on Lil’ Wayne’s mixtape would be supporting the crime and murder rate in every urban community across America. Lil’ Wayne possesses the influence to spark a change in these communities, but uses his voice to spread negativity.
Lil’ Wayne may be able to check the number of downloads of his mixtape. But Lil’ Wayne cannot check the stats of the young people who were murdered or incarcerated due to his music.
It may be time for Lil’ Wayne to reevaluate what he is really “dedicated” to.