Lil Wayne name dropping appears to be at an all-time high in early March as he has been blazing trails with an upcoming show at SXSW on top of releasing new music with Ariana Grande and 2 Chainz.
Along with this, Lil Wayne will be increasing his presence on Love & Hip Hop with the addition of a cast member that helped make him famous, in addition to name drops from cat rappers and the newest member of the 49ers.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Lil Wayne and Samsung have been building a relationship lately, and Lil Wayne is in one of their commercials along with performing at the Samsung Galaxy Life Festival at SXSW on March 12. Part of the purpose of the SXSW festival is to promote Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz’ latest album, Collegrove.
However, Lil Wayne hardly needs to promote himself because other people will do it for him. For example, in addition to his ex-partner, Toya Wright, there are other people name dropping Lil Wayne before season 5 of Love & Hip Hop begins.
At the top of the list, D. Smith is going to be joining Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, according to Rolling Out. VH1 writes that D. Smith is a big part of Lil Wayne’s success and was a producer for Lil Wayne’s defining album, Tha Carter III.
D. Smith’s role on Love & Hip Hop will likely give fans Lil Wayne insider information — but will also focus on the producer introducing herself as transgender in 2015.
Regardless, the Lil Wayne name drops do not stop there. For instance, Dres Anderson of the 49ers said Lil Wayne has so many good songs that it was impossible to choose between them, but if one could be selected, it would be “Tha Mobb” from Tha Carter III, according to Fuse.
There is also an oddball story about Lil Wayne in Africa and how he influenced a celebrity to wear earrings. According to Ghana Web, Kwadwo Nkansah dressed up like Lil Wayne for a Freedom Concert on March 5 in Ghana. To get the Lil Wayne look, Nkansah wore “chains, earrings and other ‘blings blings.'”
Despite this, they were quick to point out that there was a major difference between what they did and what Lil Wayne does with earrings because “[Liwin’s] Christian background does not allow him to pierce his ears.”
Nevertheless, one of the silliest Lil Wayne name drops of late is associated with a Portland, Oregon, self-proclaimed cat rapper. Williamette Week writes on March 9 that Moshow “always felt like an outcast” … until he started a career as a cat rapper — and Lil Wayne helped inspire Moshow’s vision.
Like Lil Wayne, Moshow was a talented young man that released his first mixtape at an early age. Nonetheless, it was not until Moshow started dating a nerdy lady with a cat that he became inspired to do cat raps — and it was due to his catty girlfriend’s love of Lil Wayne.
Unlike the name drop from the cat rapper, most of the name dropping that Lil Wayne receives are due to his collaborative projects and many of the musicians he works with are his true fans. For instance, according to Music Times, when talking about working with Lil Wayne on Collegrove, 2 Chainz told the Breakfast Club the following.
“I been rockin’ with Lil Wayne since forever. I know people say ‘real’ and all that stuff all the time, but I just feel like he’s one of the realest people in the game. He still has a crazy work ethic [sic].”
Of course, Lil Wayne takes all the name dropping in stride with “no worries” due to his solid reputation — and PPCorn points out that Lil Wayne told Katie Couric the following in 2009 about how he defines “gangsta.”
“I don’t take nothin’ from no one. I do what I wanna do. And I’m gonna do that until the day I die. And if I can’t do that, then I’ll just die.”
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