I have a love/hate relationship with Lil’ Wayne. For the longest time, I was a huge, unabashed supporter of his. He is, after all, from New Orleans and I’m behind just about anything and anyone that comes from my homeland, especially Nola hip-hop. However, he lost me, and a lot of others from the area, when he publicly threw his support behind the Minnesota Vikings over our hometown Saints in the NFC championship game season before last. Then last year the prolific bandwagon jumper hopped on board the Green Bay Packers bandwagon as they made their run to the Super Bowl, even recording a tribute song for them. This sort of sh*t is unforgivable where I come from. However, I’m trying. I’m trying real hard to be the Shepard, Ringo.
So today Wayne is out with the video for “How To Love,” a soft, introspective, soulful song that’s a total departure from what we’ve come to expect from Tunechi, and I’m filled with all sorts of love/hate feelings about him once again. You see, I kind of love the tune — the third single from Wayne’s forthcoming LP Tha Carter IV — but I’m not so hot on the video, which Consequence of Sound describes as a video that “focuses on how one poor decision and can mean a life-long (series) of struggles.” To me the video — a mini-drama that shows a little girl grow up to go left when she should have gone right and became a knocked-up, HIV-infected stripper — feels a bit like a piece of pro-abstinence propaganda. Like, I kind of expected Bristol Palin to show up at any moment, looking sad as she stares at a sleeping baby in a crib. F*CKING IS SO HORRIBLE, Y’ALL!
Anyway, here’s the video. You be the judge. At least I still like the song. And oh yeah — Who Dat!
As side note, I’ll never forget this picture taken after Katrina of the marquee of the Loews theater on Canal St. promoting a Lil Wayne show that never got to take place. Seeing it still puts a lump in my throat.