Taking sides: Will Lil Wayne write his masterpiece in prison?
After delays involving dental surgery and courthouse fires, the fates refused to intervene on Monday when rapper Lil Wayne was finally sent to jail on weapons charges.
Sadly, Weezy joins three of hip-hop's most exciting figures currently serving jail time: T.I., Gucci Mane and Lil Boosie. All four rappers have said they'll be working on new music during their respective sentences. That means a new archetype is expected to emerge in the coming year: The post-incarceration album.
Who's will be the best? In our weekly Taking sides post, Click Track's contributors discuss the possibilities after the jump.
And don't forget to cast your vote here:
Sarah Godfrey: I vote for Remy Ma! No, seriously -- Wayne will have the best post-prison project, mainly because he'll be spending his bid in New York's premier correctional facility: Rikers Island. The Isle, which has sadly housed many of hip-hop's finest stars (Foxy, Busta), has also inspired many excellent lyrics and tracks (Kool G Rap and DJ Polo's "Rikers Island," for instance). Also, several outlets have reported that the 27-year-old, 5'5, 130 lb rapper (thanks for the stats, NYC Department of Corrections!), will have access to no music other than FM radio during his stay. I predict that, after listening to Hot 97 play "BedRock" for about the million time in a row, he will be inspired to switch up his style.
David Malitz: T.I. will be the one that gets to set the bar with the first release and I think he'll use that as motivation to do it right. Of this bunch, he's always had the grandest scope with his albums and this might finally be what he needs to fulfill those big visions.
Allison Stewart: I'm going to go with Weezy, although this is one that could go either way. Jail might humble him (not too much, though -- a humble Weezy is a dull Weezy), and get him over whatever temporary insanity/God complex made him think "Rebirth" was a good idea. He may realize he has some atoning to do and come up with something stellar. Or, he'll come out of jail more blinkered than ever, in which case my vote goes to T.I. He was doing some of his best-ever work before they sent him to the pokey.
Chris Richards: I think the most exciting post-incarceration opus will come from Lousiana's Lil Boosie. Over the course of his career, his voice has always tempered anger with introspection. Is there a better place ("better" is certainly the wrong word, here) to cultivate anger and introspection than from behind bars? I'm expecting this man to drop one of the best rap albums of our young decade.
March 11, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
Categories: Taking sides | Tags: Gucci Mane, Lil Boosie, Lil Wayne, T.I.
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