Lil Wayne 2013

The news rippled through the internet tonight that Lil Wayne, the most important rapper of his generation, was in critical condition and on life support after suffering several seizures, possibly brought on by codeine cough syrup. TMZ reports that Wayne is, right now, stabilizing at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles and that “the prognosis is uncertain.” TMZ originally reported that Wayne had received last rites, but that part of their story was quickly removed.

About an hour ago, someone operating Lil Wayne’s Twitter wrote, “I’m good everybody. Thx for the prayers and love.” But TMZ claims that Wayne is still asleep and that he couldn’t have sent the Tweet. He’s in the hospital after suffering multiple seizures tonight, and his stomach has been pumped after doctors found large amounts of codeine in his system. Family is at his bedside. One of Wayne’s doctors found him in his room unconscious earlier tonight, after he’d been released from the hospital after previous seizures.

At the moment, none of us know what’s happening, and everyone is hoping for the best.

UPDATE: Conflicting reports have been flying around since last night, but Wayne is apparently now in stable, improving condition.

Comments (53)
  1. Michael_  |   Posted on Mar 15th, 2013 +10

    The only Young Money hip-hopper whose tweet I will take seriously on this matter is Drizzy.

  2. WTF ………..” most important rapper of his generation”

    • I mean the guy is massively important. As for “his generation,” I actually don’t know who you put him with. He’s like 30 now, but he’s been rapping since he was a little kid. And his most important period was Carter 2 -Drought 3 – Dedication 2 – The leak – Carter 3. And Carter III was what – 5 years ago? So I don’t know exactly what time period or contemporaries we’re talking about, but the guy is still really important.

    • Kanye is obvilously the biggest name in hip hop, but when it comes to purely rappers (unless you consider Wayne’s foray into rock to be something work talking about) Wayne is the most important and influential. Even KDot says Wayne was an influence.

      Again, Ye was more influential, and Drake was as influential, but Wayne is the straight rapper among the three.

  3. > the most important rapper of his generation

    Wow, I didn’t know Stereogum hired 12 year old writers.

    • Dude, it’s a well-known fact that newspapers are written on a seventh-grade reading level. Why should Tom Breihan be held to a higher standard? Also, given the fact that the rapper in question is, by his own admission, “lil,” it’s quite possible that 12-year-olds relate to him and are a large part of his demographic, making Tom’s writing style ideal for all stories pertaining to him.

      • Michael_  |   Posted on Mar 15th, 2013 -1

        Careful with your Tom disses — He’ll block you on Twitter (I have a feeling you don’t partake in that, though.)

        • It was too good of a setup; I had to take advantage. I have a Twitter account that I never use. I actually did tweet Tom once when someone had hacked the site, but I don’t think that internet emergencies should count.

          • Michael_  |   Posted on Mar 15th, 2013 +16

            Guide to Stereogum Twitter accounts:

            - In case of emergency, tweet up Amrit. He’s really good at responding reasonably to site issues such as people posting download links to the new My Bloody Valentine album or bugs on site.
            - Scott barely tweets but he’s probably watching — quietly, like the stern father figure he is.
            - Tom is strictly in-crowd and massaging each others’ egos / RT their punchlines in 140 characters or less
            - M. Nelson will tweet back. Same goes for former Stereogum alum Corban.
            - I still don’t know what Claire does.
            - Liz Pelly will e-mail you directly. Twice.

          • Michael_ is the true Rebel INS (IN Stereogum). I also love seeing the two big Michaels bonding, warms my heart.

          • Michael_ knows too much..

          • Michael_  |   Posted on Mar 16th, 2013 -3

            Not the hugest fan of when Michael’s posts attack others such as myself or Nathan C., but I have to he does have a lot of point-on things to say about the evolution / devolution of modern day music writing on site’s such as this, and I’m glad that there’s a big voice on here calling it out.

            Also, did everyone notice how our comments in the comment section now have links to sketchy ads based on keywrods (the word “internet” in Michael Hanna’s post above, the word “download” in my comment above)? Uhhhhhhhhhh…

          • Well Michael_, generally speaking, I don’t have a problem with Tom’s writing style so much as I do with what he’s saying and his motives for saying it. The above post is an example of me jumping at the opportunity to make a joke at Tom’s expense just because sprintriae had made it so easy and I do have bones to pick with Tom content-wise. On a sidenote, I wonder if Tom raps in the shower.

          • Michael_  |   Posted on Mar 16th, 2013 -1

            I agree with that, and that’s what I intended to say. He is an excellent example of a music writer, but I liked the content in what I read from Tom better a year+ ago more so than how he’s been going about using his talents today.

            Also, false alarm on those keyword-based links. Turns out a Mozilla add-on slipped onto my browser.

          • Michael_  |   Posted on Mar 16th, 2013 +5

            Hi everyone (again,)

            I am officially officially, so very officially done with Stereogum. I am currently contacting the address and requesting my account be removed from the site. After being repeatedly contacted via private e-mail, Tumblr and on Twitter by one of the site’s contributing authors and a fellow professional writer of theirs in a very passive aggressive sense over general commentary no less critical than the opinions you also share here at any given time, I feel that I have no choice but to remove myself from the situation. The dynamic of it makes me feel very uncomfortable and violated, not just as a DIY writer, but as a reader.

            I’m sorry and will miss most of you, and I mean that sincerely, but this is too much for me.

          • Take a break, and come back refreshed. It works every time.

    • nope, just by stereogum’s standards

      that’s not a compliment

    • Nahh man, I was once a twelve year old… Didn’t like him then either.

    • Time nor the place place, man.

  4. As someone who has epilepsy, I feel for him. But it’s obviously drug related, and that’s something he’s got to get figured out for himself. I hope this is a wake up call for him and he realizes that he can’t treat body this way anymore or else he’ll have some serious health problems.

  5. Oh god, here come the Weezy haters. It’s debatable whether Wayne was the best rapper of his generation, but he’s changed the rap game in undeniable ways. He really was the biggest reason mixtapes have become so popular, and certainly the first to prove that mixtape hype could translate into sales for the studio album he was trying to promote.
    Also, for that stretch from Carter 2 to Carter 3 he was one of the best rappers in the world, and even in the Hot Boys he was pretty great.

    • There is no denying his influence on modern rap. I wouldn’t say he’s one of the best around now (he did have a few really good year) but he certainly changed how the rap business works.
      That said, I don’t think that he brought rap or hip-hop in the direction it needed to go. I still respect him for what he did from TC2 to TC3 through.

  6. I’m not a fan of Lil Wayne at all but I will credit him on being certainly influential and successful. Hope his outlook is a positive one.

  7. Yeah, all you Wayne haters out there seriously need to shut the uff up. This is pretty tragic. He is unquestionably one of the most important rappers, if not the most important (notice I didn’t say BEST) of the millenial generation by a longshot. And listen to his track “I’m The Best Rapper Alive” if you want to understand what all his absurd braggadocio is about – healthy confidence and competitive spirit. Even he never took the title that seriously.

    Speaking of healthy, let’s pray Weezy recovers and gets back on top of his grind again. Or meditate on it if you’re Buddhist or send a gun blazing to the sky if you’re Atheist.

    • I was hoping you’d weigh in.

      • Nathan, you bring a lot of positive, genuinely nice, and even keeled energy to this piece.

        Just wanna say, with Ross seizuring up too and this all seeming to come from liquid codeine… let’s put a moratorium on the syrup guys. It fucking killed one of the dudes in UGK. Just smoke some Weezy damn weed.

        I’ve been wondering recently what rap would be like today if Kurtis Blow had more of a profound moral influence. Weezy would probably be OD’ing off philanthropy.

        • I had to give you a thumbs up for that last bit. Could be said of a lot of old school rap’s influence. Too much of the positive influence seems to have been left behind forever. And if any of those old school cat’s say anything about it, they get clowned on.

  8. Hopefully he will be alright.

    Open up your hearts people
    Page one, chapter one
    Verse motherfucking one
    I’m drinking hot tea bitch, feel me

  9. I’m just gonna put it like this for now, I think; no further comment until the real truth of what’s happening and what happened is available.

  10. Never been the biggest fan of his music, but his influence is undeniable and I’ll be hoping, like everyone else here, that he gets better soon.

  11. Ryan Schreiber had the Tha Block Is Hot as his 3rd favorite album of 1999, a pretty prescient pick. I think this early P4K approval is undeniable evidence for Lil Wayne as GOAT rapper for the 2000s, since Kanye is obviously so much more than a mere rapper. I guess Macklemore was right about the dangers of syrup though, maybe his sermon-rap style isn’t as vapid and condescending as it ostensibly seems. Or it’s a conspiracy by the white man’s Illuminati like with MJ, who knows. I do know, along with Flocka & Gucci beefin’, it made for an entertaining nite on Twitter

  12. Y’all already know what it is, and if you don’t then the great Manny Fresh will enlighten you…

  13. I’m not worried about whether or not he gets better. I just hoping he stops making music either way.

  14. First Wayne, then Gucci and Wocka, and now Michael_ leaving Stereogum.

    It’s too much :(


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  17. Say it’s not so Michael_!

  18. If Wayne isn’t the most important rapper of his generation (combining pop appeal with critical acclaim and innovation), than who is? It’s a serious question, and I’m wondering who people would hold up as the alternative.

    • I could see an argument made for Kanye, though I think he’s far more influential as a producer than a rapper. To me, there’s absolutely no question that Wayne is the most influential rapper of the 00s. Once he started getting attention, almost everyone started biting his punchline-after-punchline style.

  19. A Stereogum without Michael_ would be like a world without Satan. No fun.

  20. Does this mean that Lil Garth is finally going to take over the rap game?

  21. Am I the only one wondering what that thing on his face is?

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