Lil’ Wayne Feat. Big Sean – My Homies Still
The first issue raised by ‘My Homies Still’ is the worrying lack of regular sized rappers. While the extreme ends of the dimensional spectrum are well represented, there seems to be little room for the average guy. Along with Lil Wayne and Big Sean, we have Lil Bow Wow, Big Pun, Heavy D, Too $hort and Biggie Smalls, who really wanted to have things both ways.
But while we await the arrival of a normally proportioned hip-hop star (Median Mike? $o Average?), Wayne and Sean’s little and large pairing is here to fill the gap. The duo trade rhymes over a hyperactive production exploding with squiggling synths and skittering beats. It’s the kind of energetic and off-kilter track we’ve come to expect from Wayne, who has managed to maintain a staggering work rate since he first appeared in the game.
A warning though, we could be coming towards the end of Lil Wayne as we know him. He’s vowed to retire at the age of 35, a milestone he’ll reach in not too far in the future.
“Basically, I have been doing this for eighteen years. That’s reason number one,” he told GQ. “I have accomplished all that I have set out to accomplish and more. Also, I have a label, and I’ve only put out two artists Drake and Nicki Minaj. I have a lot more work to do, and it’d be selfish to not focus on being the boss and focus on their projects.
“But the main reason is my kids, my children. Now, if I thought I’d be selfish to my artists, imagine what I think I would be doing to my kids. I have enough money that they don’t have to ever do anything—which, they will do everything, ’cause they ain’t getting s**t. My boys will be about 7 and 8 years old. And man, it’s all about them then. You know, whatever they’re doing. Sports. Whatever they’re into. That’s where I am. I’m at every game. I’m the dad with the hat on. The jersey. That’s me.”
Enjoy Lil Wayne while you can, because he’s not going to be around forever.