Thursday, December 16, 2010

Comments on "6'7'"

Is Lil Wayne getting philosophical? With hits a like "A Milli" and "Lollipop" Wayne has proven in the past that you don't have to really say anything or even make sense to make Hip-Hop that everyone can enjoy. With "6'7'" I think he's really turning his own eyes on that ability and what he thinks it means.

"Word to my mama, I’m out of my lima bean/don’t wanna see what that drama mean, get some Dramamine/llama scream, hotter than summer sun on a Ghana queen"

Cory Gunz really takes the idea of contentlessness to the extreme here with a ridiculously long string of amas, anas, and eens. Other than that, this line is pure nonsense. And its beautiful, Hip-Hop as nothing but music.

"Life is the bitch, and death is her sister/sleep is the cousin, what a fuckin’ family picture"

But Wayne really takes the cake when it comes to making a statement. This line is an almost aggressive attack on the power of metaphor. By taking these lines from Illmatic to their logical conclusion, he shows us how much nonsense they can be. Here "sleep is the cousin of death" is a joke, rather than a lucid statement about life.

"Bitch, real G’s move in silence like lasagna"
"I got through that sentence like a subject and a predicate"

So instead of language reflecting life, life reflects language: Wayne becomes the language he uses. More than just virtuoso statements showing his knack for wordplay, these lines only show cohesion on the level of commenting about language, rather than commenting about life. His point, in other words, is not to say that real G's move like lasagna moves. His point, is rather to say that language is both meaningless and powerful, not in a way that's revealing, but in a way that's manipulative. If you are language, you can become anything.

"I speak the truth, but I guess that’s a foreign language to y’all"
"So misunderstood, but what’s a World without enigma?"

So it doesn't seem like Wayne is actually calling rap out for being nonsense. He's not saying that language can't represent truth, but just that it doesn't do it in the way we expect, not mirroring life but instead embodying truth by embodying nonsense as an essential part of the world. Nonsense is the power to exist.

Even so, all the above shit is just speculation. For the most part, this song is great because it shows that Lil Wayne is eager again. What distinguishes it from being another "A Milli" is that he refuses to relax, and for good reason: he's been in jail for the past year. Because of which, he finally has something to prove again, which is good, because that usually means good tidings in the music world.

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