Lil Wayne: The Ultimate Name Drop — Used As A Fame Comparison Tool

It is a well-known fact that Lil Wayne is back on top after a long period of time being silenced by his label. Now Lil Wayne’s name is being dropped everywhere around the end of April as a way to show how famous another celebrity is.

Whether Lil Wayne is mentioned in conjunction with other celebrities as part of their inner circle or as a way of making other celebrities look better — it is clear that Lil Wayne is always being name dropped with the best in the business.

Hot on the heels of releasing a new video for “HollyWeezy,” Lil Wayne’s current leveling-up of influence is especially apparent when it is used to describe where newer rappers rank in comparison.

A good example is a recent L.A, Weekly article that talks about Tyler the Creator’s April release of Cherry Bomb. In describing where Tyler the Creator is as far as his ascent to fame, Lil Wayne and Jay Z are used as comparison tools. L.A. Weekly states the following opinion about Lil Wayne.

“… but there’s much more to Cherry Bomb than just Tyler’s fandom. He’s never been a better rapper, and makes excellent use of his resources as someone who’s already a young industry vet. The fact that Tyler’s style hangs perfectly between Kanye West and Lil Wayne shows how much he’s arrived.”

Lil Wayne is also associated with the greatest minds in the music industry. For instance, Fader published an article about Lil Wayn’s relationship with Vinylz A.K.A. Anderson Hernandez, a 25-year-old producer.

Fader states, “His [Vinylz] résumé is spotless, with major hits built on his cavernous hybrid of ’90s boom-bap and contemporary R&B haze for just about every important rap star:Kanye West, Drake, Jay Z, Lil Wayne, J. Cole, and Nicki Minaj.”

Are there any other signs that Lil Wayne is one of the best names to name-drop? Clearly, if you want to add intrigue to an event, a pop-up from Lil Wayne is the icing on the cake. Exemplifying that point is Today South Africa. They were quick to point out that one of the highlights of watching the May 3 boxing showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao was that Lil Wayne might be there.

In discussing the upcoming boxing match, the writers hinted that there was a possibility that Lil Wayne or other celebrities could show up to support the match and end up in the ring. About Lil Wayne helping it to become a “fight of the century,” they state the following.

“We have seen Justin Bieber and Lil’ Wayne get in the ring with Mayweather in the past and it will be no surprise if they turn up to support him on the night…. All these celebs under one roof adds to the sense of occasion.”

Regardless, in the opinion of some fans, the only way Lil Wayne can top all of this is if he actually releases the #FWA (Free Weezy Album) in April.


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