Spin Magazine Names Lil Wayne Rock Star of the Year
This one deserves to be debated for awhile. In a somewhat shocking proclamation, Spin Magazine, recently named current Miami resident Lil Wayne as Rock Star of the Year. It's a nice gesture but you've got to wonder if he's really earned it?
Before everyone jumps and curses Spin
for trying to stir up a little controversy, there are clear reasons on
why Wayne is most likely deserving of the title. And it has nothing to
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do with his guitar skills (or lack thereof). For starters, Wayne's
approach to hip-hop is about as conventional as Shawn Marion's jump
shot. He's showed no fear of crossing genres -- sometimes switching
between, rapping, singing, electro, and rock in his concerts.
Considering how conservative a lot of hip-hoppers are, you've got to
respect him for that.
There's also the sex, drugs, and
rock'n'roll lifestyle Wayne is synonymous with at this point. He's
usually high 24/7 and flaunts it at will. In a lot of ways, he's a lot
more like Jimi Hendrix (again, let's not talk guitar work) due to his
freedom of artistic expression and the public loves him for it.
Thom Yorke of Radiohead had a great year as did Chris Martin of
Coldplay. And plenty of other rockers did as well. It's a risky pick,
debatable for sure, but based on his sheer impact on pop culture in
2008 alone, I'd name Lil Wayne as rock star of the year as well.
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