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    20 Comments     Monday, March 19th, 2007

    Kiss And Tell

    Lil Wayne is the best rapper alive because you can care less that he kisses men.

    Lil Wayne’s latest freestyle, which I scooped up from Sickamore over at the XXL Blogs, discusses the controversy behind the lyrics. Specifically, Wayne’s outright admittance that he kissed his “Daddy”, known to the listening public as Baby. You can listen to the freestyle here and go over to Sick’s blog to read his transcription.

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    Now I, like most heads, have been saying that bar none, Wayne is the best rapper out right now. He is making muh’fuckas shut up and listen to every sixteen, twelve, even eight bar verse he comes with. Even his hooks are tighter than most rappers whole songs. But before the infamous picture of him and Baby lip-locking, the question was still debatable. Then, upon the picture’s release to these here Internets, something strange happened.

    Lil Wayne became even more popular, and it wasn’t because of the picture. As a matter of fact, no one cared about the picture, even though everyone with access to the Internet saw it. Collaborations with big name artists are dropping every week, magazine editors are giving him covers, and Wayne’s case for being the best rapper alive is getting stronger and stronger.

    The fact is, society’s outlook on gay celebrities and celebrities taking part in gay behavior has changed dramatically over the years. You either care or you don’t care, but a coming out party is no longer a surprise, rather, it’s the person throwing the coming out party that matters.

    Take for example John Amaechi, the former NBA player who came out of the closet recently. People took to the news the same way they took to his career in the NBA. They didn’t give a damn. Sure the media had a field day with it, but the backlash was even more severe for one of his critics, retired NBA All-Star player Tim Hardaway. My fellow blogger, DeMarco spoke at length about this a few weeks back.

    The consensus used to be a rapper could not come out of the closet or had to hide any questionable behavior in order to be loved and sustain a fanbase. But as Wayne proves, that is no longer necessary. What the hip-hop community (for lack of a better term) really cares about is skills. Sure, a lot of artists fill their rhymebook with words like “faggot” but that’s usually just to rhyme with another word or words like “bag it” or some shit like that. If your skills as a rapper are nice enough, well, you’ll get a pass. Think about it: Since the picture surfaced, the other rapper about to lock lips, Baby, has seen his stock go from being one of the worst rappers ever to run a record label, to being one of the worst gay rappers even to run a record label. And when they say gay, people mean that as a bad thing.

    I know it’s wrong to say, but talent trumps all. Clearly people don’t care if you’re the type of guy who likes to pee on underage girls so long as you keep the hits coming. Scandalous behavior is really nothing out of the ordinary for anyone, but what is out of the ordinary is Wayne’s skills as a rapper, which is why we will not let some questionable activities get in the way of hearing his latest shit. He is the best rapper out right now, and if you disagree (which some folks are wont to do), chances are it’s not because he likes to kiss another man.

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    20 Responses to “Kiss And Tell”

    03.19.07 at 2:21 pm

    You Know says:
    If nobody cares, then why are they hating in Baby? Confusing as best.

    03.19.07 at 4:07 pm

    Huey P. Langston says:
    Everyone hates on Baby because he has no talent, but what I was saying was that one of the many attacks people heap on him is he’s “gay” as though it’s one of the reasons he sucks as a rapper. Bottom line: Baby’s not talented enough to avoid the criticism for his participation in that kiss.

    03.19.07 at 7:51 pm

    Mi-Yayo says:
    Dats Wayne business. His music still goin 2 pump thru my radio

    03.20.07 at 3:15 am

    stoneyisland says:
    Wayne is the best rapper alive? you must be smoking dope, unless my best you mean the same senslesss bullshit that has killed hip hop; cars clothes and hoes, as soon as wayne drops some real lyrics about something conscience he will never be taken seriously. To say that wayne is a better rapper then Talib, common, Rakim, Lil brother or even T.I is just plain stupid. I know you gotta sell magazines and shit but dont post stupid shit like this again. This why XXL is a way better magazine and website. XXLMAG.COM

    03.20.07 at 11:09 am

    Billy X. Sunday says:
    What good is a rapper if his content is slipshod? What good is a rapper if he selects big words to describe himself that actually contradict his persona? Will.i.am gets tons of work producing for cats not because he’s good or because he breaks new gound as a producer, but because his records seem to sell. Wayne = Will.i.am for that reason. All I’m saying is that Hip-Hop is becoming the stomping ground for the lowest common denominator and the fanbase is becoming dumber because of it. Yeah, I am old too.

    03.20.07 at 11:45 am

    jaybee says:
    I agree. I think wayne is one of the nicest mc’s out right now. It’s not so much that he is talking about something I’ve never heard before but it’s the WAY he does it. He has developed a mastery of language mechanics and cadence. It’s one of those things where you may not know of or be interested in from a technical aspect, but you know it when you hear it. And clearly Wayne has “IT”. p.s. I take nothing away from Talib, Mos Def, or Dre3k.

    03.20.07 at 4:39 pm

    strawcream says:
    No man should kiss another point blank that is totally nasty!

    03.20.07 at 5:26 pm

    Sparks says:
    Wayne the best rapper alive? Please! Dude spits about the same redundant subjects over and over… and over. Money, cars, hoes, and being gansta… can’t forget being gansta. I’m not saying these aren’t “real” topics but there’s much more to life and music than those tired subjects. Wayne doesn’t have to be “conscience” but he should try to be a real artist and expand his craft. But to be fair Wayne does have a dope flow, he just needs to add some real substance to it.

    03.20.07 at 5:50 pm

    Nicole says:
    Get money. Quit worrying bout was the next man is doin!

    03.20.07 at 11:57 pm

    Jaymorph says:
    they’re both quierre….illlllll
    yea weezy got skillz but illlll
    come on dawgz…..u kno how much women he could get…..and he gotta kiss a man….and not just any man his pops……that’s a double disgusting side of what the fuck is goin on today in this world

    03.22.07 at 3:47 am

    Bella - The Green Eyed Gem says:
    I agree with Nicole. Who cares…stop hatin!

    03.26.07 at 12:10 am

    jane says:
    YEAH YOUR RIGHT, WAYNE GOT THE RAP GAME ON EASY!!FO SHO.. BUT IAM A LITTLE CONCERNED WHY HE KISSED BABY??? IT MAKES NO SINCE.. MAYBE A PUBLICITY STUNT GONE WRONG.. OR MAYBE THE CAMERA ANGLE WAS MISLEADING.. WHAT EVER THE CAUSE… WAYNE IS TIGHT.. JAY Z WAS NEVER THIS TIGHT OF A RAPPER..THE DIRTY SOUTH HAS THE BEST RAPPERS ANYWAY! HANDS DOWN!!
    WHAT MAKE WAYNE , BABY, JUVIE, THEM SO HOT, IS THEY LIVED WHAT THEY RAP ABOUT .. YOU CAN KIND OF BELIEVE THEM, CAUSE new orleans is a hot spot for crime, struggle, street etc..i like them all., all the cash money millionaires.

    03.26.07 at 8:21 pm

    hydro says:
    o boy hot right never mind him kissing like his daddy

    04.1.07 at 9:41 am

    FACE says:
    WAYNE IS A BITCH..MY PERSONAL OPINION….BEST RAPPER ALIVE?…..YEAH..RIGHT..THE NIGGA IS GARBAGE….BABY AIN’T EVEN HIS REAL POPS! EVEN IF HE WAS HIS REAL DADDY…THEY TWO GROWN ASS MEN KISSIN’ ON THE LIPS!…..ME AND MY POPS IS COOL AS SHIT…MY REAL POPS….BUT YO……ON THE MOUTH?…YOU GOTTA BE KIDDIN’ ME NIGGA!

    12.16.07 at 9:54 am

    Ibrahim says:
    It’s a sad state of affairs in hip hop when lil’ Wayne is considered the best emcee in the game right now. Especially with Scarface’s “Made” out right now, Joell Ortiz’s album out and even with Jigga’s latest effort, c’mon. Lil’ Wayne is definitely not the best emcee in the game right now, even on the commercial level. Gay or not, that immaterial to skill. Let’s not confuse quantity for quality.

    12.18.07 at 8:45 am

    gee wizz says:
    I think his a top mc, but this kissing shit is over my head. It upset me to see but it seems to be the way off the world right now. Keep the good music coming son.

    12.22.07 at 3:39 am

    Blessed says:
    DONT ACT LIKE U NEVER KISS YO DADDY… I DIDNT…. BUT THATS NOT REALLY HIS DADDY SO I DONT NO WAT TO SAY ABOUT THAT….BUT UMMM I THINK T-PAIN THIS THE 2ND BEST RAPPER / SINGER

    04.7.08 at 11:24 am

    wezzy says:
    Hay Baby u look good at all time Holla back at your gurl I love u the the best rapper i like i talk about u all the time i just can’t thinking about u u to sexxy

    04.15.08 at 4:35 pm

    XxEmceeXFrownzxX says:
    …..The Raapper Eater??..
    Ill put it to you like this if you have to say no homo as much as he does then it becomes a problem….really…and about the kiss…the man is not his dad.. i personally think its gay to call him his daddy cuz hes not… and let alone kissing the man…i dont kiss my birth father that is rediculous….best rapper alive??..what rapper doesnt rap about the stuff he raps about…what makes him so special hes got no subject matter just like everyone else in the industry hell earn my respect when he raps about something real…and if you dont care about him kissing a man i assume youre gay to…really if you saw 2 men kissing like they did wouldnt you think it was gay…so just cuz its wayne means its not gay??…the man is a crack addict..he raps about it….he eats Pu**y…he raps about it….and he kisses men…he raps about that to

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