Music has changed to reflect the current times & environment. HipHop as a whole culture has become more tolerant of things they would never accept 10 to 15 years ago. HipHop has lost it’s identity with his transition with most of it’s top acts using too much musical influences in the music, style, and stage shows. Today we find the Rock n Roll grip on artists like Lil Wayne tatted up pill popping even at one time coke using frame. Many HipHop artists are more along the lines of auto tune singers/rappers incorporating MaxB’s style. During the 90’s of HipHops most successful all around era Jay-Z locked the game down on all levels yearly until his brief retirement. Dictating how label heads will promote & even model their artist after Jay-Z laid his blueprint while the ambitious Lil Wayne was out to prove to the world he has more to offer than what was considered a “southern rapper”. Jay-Z has the greatest catalogue HipHop has ever seen to date. Debates from barbershops, college campuses, online blogs for a few years now since the Carter 2 has been questioning is Wayne better than Jay-Z.
One main problem with this argument, can you compare Dwayne Wade to Jordan? Lebron? Not even Kobe respectively gets compared to Jordan because of the caliber of athletes Jordan faced. This is very much the same with Jay-Z, Jay became a giant among the biggest names in HipHop and proved time and time again why. Lil Wane a great artist with a great work ethic has been the most dominant force in HipHop at the moment. Both MCs received great pop artist success & respect on a street level. So why can’t we compare the two??? SIMPLE!!! Lil Wayne rhymes can be mediocre and simple numerous times with loose verses that should be Mixtape material. Whereas Jay-Z took us into the psyche of a black male hustling in America. He gave us an honest display of life through the eyes of many Brooklynites in the 80s & 90s. He created songs instead of just metaphors with words that rhymed, he made us the reflection of what he seen in the mirror when we threw on our headphones.
Jay-Z has 15 chart topping albums Under his belt & some of HipHops most memorable tours to date. Comparing someone with far less achievements is taking away from the progress of the genre. Is Lil Wayne a great artist? Yes! Can he be compared to Jay-Z No! Jay-Z’s track records trumps any detractors of the throne, Nas so far besides Big & Pac has been his only true competition.
We can pick at both MCs flaws back and forth but we cannot argue Jay-Z’s accomplishments. Will Lil Wayne ever be as successful as Jay-Z I honestly doubt it because of his many limitations set onto himself by himself. Business wise investors invest in Jay-Z’s name which they can credit as a safe bet and someone who posses enough for collateral if they invest amounts towards 100 million. The same can never be said of an artist who has been locked up, is known for his drug habits and not one profitable business outside of HipHop in the multiple millions generating capital. So when we weigh in on both artist we have to take into account;
MCing 1st! Jay-Z by a landslide
Style & influence (Jay-Z)
Impact on the genre and culture of HipHop (Jay-Z).
When you look at this argument you begin to realize it isn’t much of an argument when the facts factor in.
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