Lil Wayne has just released his tenth studio album, I Am Not a Human Being II. Nowadays he sometimes feels like an old man playing catch-up in a style he practically invented. Whereas as recently as 2007 we were getting vivid gems like "I'm so motherfuckin' high, I could eat a star," now we're just getting whatever lazy nonsense wanders into his addled brain (like, "'Cause when it Waynes it pours").
Metaphors and similes have always been a valuable tool for anyone writing poetry, rappers included. But Wayne's style allowed for looser association, and as he's steadily run out of things to say, that's where you can see the deterioration of his creativity most obviously. Here, then, are all 80 similes from the new album, only five of which come from guest artists. Hashtag similes don't count. Let's do this.More »