I was simply listening to Lil Wayne’s new mixtape released today, Dedication 4, and HERE WE GO. Track 8 – Get Smoked Remix featuring…
This 13 yr old rapper from Chicago is bound to make waves. As of this post, you know everything about him that I do. There’s so little information out there, that even Google didn’t have a decent head shot of this cat available yet. There will probably be one tomorrow though.
We are what we’ve been taught combined with the environment we were bred in. Throw in some genetics, and boom – you have an individual.
There are now multiple generations that have been raised with hip hop as a major influence in their lives. For some, it’s been their only father figure. And since everything works on a bell curve, we were bound to end up with a character such as Lil Mouse. For every Astro, we risk a Lil Mouse. For every Kanye, there’s a Lil Boosie.
Without further delay, I present Lil Mouse:
The point is that by giving him a place on Lil Wayne’s highly anticipated mixtape, this gives the youngin’ the exposure he needs to have a much broader audience tune in to his music. Wayne has given him the co-sign he needs that could catapult him to superstardom. Mr. Mouse could easily make an entire career out of this persona, which would only reinforce that what he did to get put on is what he needs to be doing more of.
The question he raises is at what age does this subject matter become acceptable for a kid to recite? If he was 18 this would not be an issue, so should we tell him he can’t rap until then? If you disagree with the music and/or the artist, what’s the solution? Do we simply tune out? Is he free to make whatever music he sees fit? Is that protected free speech?
Personally, I don’t care for the track, but it wasn’t made for me, so it’s of little relevance.
More than the potential disturbing nature of Lil Mouse’s music is the inclusion of it on Dedication 4. Wayne is smart enough to know what kind of potential impact that will have for the lil man’s career, so I can’t help but to question whether that was the smartest move to make.
I can’t really blame the kid for mimicking behaviors and a violent culture that is glorified all around him. I can however, question the good sense of the adults who gave that kid a larger platform .
Alright, let’s open it up…….What do YOU think of Lil Mouse?