Young Money head honcho Lil Wayne recently spoke about the state of hip-hop and why aspiring rappers should reconsider their choice to become artists. Weezy outlines his case against becoming a rapper trying to make it in the industry.
"All I can say is make sure that you're not rhyming because you figured you could sound like Drake. Make sure those aren't the reasons that you're picking up a pad and pen," Wayne explained. "Make sure that you're doing it for a real reason. I did this when I was 8 years old. I started writing raps for a reason, and that reason was because I loved to make words rhyme. That was my reason for making music. So make sure you have a real reason that you want to rhyme. Don't make that reason be 'I'm tryna make it out the 'hood'' or 'I'm tryna feed my family,' because this sh*t ain't guaranteed to do none of those things. … If you want to be where I'm at with it-I been in this 18 years. If you ain't got that kind of dedication, then just leave it alone and do something that can actually benefit your future for the long run." (VIBE)
Lil Wayne – Public Service Announcement