Lil Wayne Speaks On His Influence On Rap Music: “They All Look Like Me”
There’s no doubt, without Lil Wayne breaking the stereotypes back in the early 2000s, rap music would be way more different than we see it today.
In a recent interview with Brett Berish for Bumbu on Friday (December 18), Wayne shared his thoughts on his impact on rap music.
“Look into music and before I stepped into it, they had music and everyone looked a certain way, did a certain thing, look at me. And now look at music. They all look like me.” – Lil Wayne said.
Think about it, how many of the young and rising hip-hop artists got influenced by Weezy. How many Lil’s, how many auto-tune, how many face tattoos we see today? But, we don’t talk about just the look. Wayne paved the way and opened doors for a new wave of rappers.
Tunechi didn’t leave any doubts that he’s not speaking about how some of today’s rappers look.
“None of them trying to be like me. They’re gonna get some tattoos in they face, a grill, they might put Lil on the front of their names or Baby after it, but they don’t sound nothing like me, they haven’t been through what I’ve been through or they’re not from where I’m from,” – Lil Wayne added.
After clarifying there’s no word for someone copying his style, Weezy defined himself as the reason most of the young rappers took the mic in the first place.
“Nine times out of 10, I hope that I’m the reason they’re doing music. That alone right there is a blessing and that alone right there lets you know that they’re not trying to be like me, but actually paying homage and saying you are the reason I am someone.” – Weezy added.
Check out the interview below.