Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Lil' Wayne: Lesson in Manhood

Photo credit: Canada Connections
by Jade Alexis
Today, I can say I am a fan of Lil’ Wayne. No, I am not a fan of his music, but I am a fan of the man and how he showed those in and outside the hip hop community what it means to be a man. Ladies and Gentlemen, please take note. A man only has two jobs: to protect and to provide.

Over this past weekend, Hot 97 (WQHT 97.1 FM), hosted its annual Summer Jam concert. One of the hosts—also a Hot 97 personality—disrespected Nicki Minaj, one of the concert’s headliners, publicly just hours before she was to take the stage. He referenced her music as “bullshit,” among other things. Long story short, said personality’s comment got back to Wayne—president of Young Money Entertainment, Nicki’s employer and mentor—and Wayne barred the entire roster from performing on the stage for the remainder of the night. (Yep, that included heavyweights Busta Rhymes and DJ Khaled.)

A man’s job is to protect the women in his community. That personality, along with Hot 97, had it twisted if they thought they would disrespect Wayne’s artist and mentee and still be blessed with her presence. Thank you, Wayne! Thank you for removing the woman in your community (aka the record label) from harm’s way. Also, thank you for showing the other members of your roster the importance of family—be it blood or business. You disrespect one, you disrespect all and the family will not stand for that.

Thank you for teaching Nicki—which she admitted in the interview—the importance of self-worth. How however you feel about hip hop, her music, her, or Wayne, don’t lose the message in the medium: A man protects his woman and woman allows her man to be her protector.

Who would have thought hip hop—a culture infamously known for misogyny—would have brought us back to respecting and caring for one another? Go ‘head, Wayne and Nicki!

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1 comment:

  1. Wow! I had heard about this incident but didn't see the "big picture" until reading this. Thank you for sharing :)