About halfway through the first verse of Lil Wayne’s latest Top 10 hit, he gets momentarily spiritual. “Devil on my shoulders, the Lord is my witness,” he raps. “So on my Libra scale, I’m weighing sins and forgiveness.”
He gets three things right: The devil may well be camping out on his shoulder. The Lord is witnessing it. And, well, there’s plenty of sin here. But two things are dead wrong: He’s not really “weighing” his spiritual growth, and he’s certainly not sincerely asking for forgiveness.
Rather, Lil Wayne, who’s joined by fellow hip-hopper Drake, uses the song to celebrate the fact that women who wouldn’t otherwise have sex with him are, in fact, more than willing to do so given his (and Drake’s) stature in the rap world. “Do it for the realest n-ggas in the f‑‑‑ing game right now, she will,” Drake tells us over and over and over and over, as if we might not believe him otherwise.
Speaking of over and over again, both Lil Wayne and Drake verbally treat the women they objectify like so much property—chattel, really—to be used, abused and discarded at their whim. Wayne glories in giving and/or receiving oral and anal sex. We hear obscene references to male and female genitalia, all while these men demean their casual sexual partners by repeatedly labeling them “b‑‑ches.” In no way are these women even remotely seen as real human beings, much less ladies with any dignity or purpose apart from being sex toys.
We also get a passing wink at marijuana (this is Lil Wayne, after all, who’s never been shy about singing the praises of ganja), interspersed with plenty o’ f-bombs and s-words.
It’s remarkable—actually, outrageous—that in the enlightened and liberated 2010s, even as the No. 1 film The Help reminds us of the indignities and injustices faced by black women during the Civil Rights Movement, “entertainers” like Lil Wayne and Drake can still get a hit out of singing about treating them as de facto sex slaves.
After serving as an associate editor at NavPress’ Discipleship Journal and consulting editor for Current Thoughts and Trends, Adam now oversees the editing and publishing of Plugged In’s reviews as the site’s director. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children. In their free time, the Holzes enjoy playing games, a variety of musical instruments, swimming and … watching movies.