Lil Wayne: The Urban Poet
Recently I attended a Lil Wayne concert and his music and performance captured my attention and gave me a greater appreciation for poetry. At the concert I noticed an overwhelming amount of marks on his body that did not seem to be cuts or bruises. Once I took a closer look I noticed his body was like a canvas with tons of artistic tattoos that expressed his emotions and struggles almost as well as his lyrics. The first tattoo I noticed was the newest addition to his collection, it reads, “I AM MUSIC” right above his eyebrow. The words are written to look like he carved it with a razor blade; they are in a shade of red. The words look like he is literally bleeding “I AM MUSIC” which shows how passionate he is about what he does and that music is in his blood. Additionally, he has two teardrops under his eye. The teardrops represent the people he has lost. They also represent the struggle he has endured through out his life. On the side of Lil Wayne’s face there is a fleur-de-lis. Lil Wayne is from New Orleans, Louisiana. His neighbor hood was one of the most affected areas during Hurricane Katrina. After the hurricane the city of New Orleans adopted the fleur-de-lis as a symbol to remember the storm. The fleur-de-lis represents his past. On Lil Wayne’s eyelids he has a tattoo that says “ FEAR GOD”. This tattoo shows that despite his gangster image he is still religious. Lil Wayne’s tattoos represent a lot of what he has been through and what he believes in but his lyrics remind me of a more modern version of poetry. With each song it creates a story of an event that took place that made him who he is today. In the song “ I Miss My Dawgs” he speaks about memories he has with his friends that he grew up with and that he will always he there for them no matter what. He expresses this when he states, “If ya ever died I swear to God I got yo kids homie, Whats mine is their I gotta give homie”. The lyrics express how caring, giving and...
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