LIL WAYNE: Abortion

As with any artist easing into a twilight career slump, its best to view The Carter IV through the narrowest lens available, seek out the few redeeming qualities you can enjoy, and appreciate the music for what it is. 'Abortion' is no exception, bringing back memories of eccentric self-promotional anthems like 'Sky’s the Limit'. Arrogance has been part of Weezy’s appeal since day one, so we can’t begin to fault him for it now that his ego has been substantiated with grand financial success and critical acclaim. On 'Abortion', Wayne isn't making a case for his greatness as a cultural icon by comparing himself to John Lennon, but rather referencing it as purely self-evident. This is what he does best, despite shying away from that approach shortly after receiving eight root canals early last year. The song is notable because it doesn't feel like Wayne is attempting to recapture the glory of past anthems by cloning them. He may be doing what he's always done, but at least for this one song, he's doing it as if he doesn't remember.

Observe 'Abortion' through a wider lens and it exemplifies the mysterious fog that blankets this entire album, as well as the current stage of Wayne’s career. We can’t tell whether he’s self-aware, oblivious, or just plain lazy. It's egoistic, self-parodic, and intentionally confusing. Without a framework of motivation, Wayne floats in a mid-air haze of weirdness for weirdness’s sake. It certainly takes the listener on a ride, but in the end we have absolutely nothing to show for it. Who’s getting an abortion? Who’s got their palms in their pockets? And more importantly, who is Lil Wayne?


  1. The lyrics here are depressingly bad.

  2. WTF is Wayne doing in the first 30 seconds of this record?

  3. RNC Chairman Michael SteeleSeptember 2, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    I agree with you that this sounds a little different than what he's done before, but I'm not really a fan of this song. The punchlines are worse than he used to do, and he can't sell the bad lines as well he used to with a great delivery.

    At this point, Wayne's once unique, unpredictable and effortless flow is absolutely normal and conservative.

    The beat sounds like something Eminem or B.o.B would rap over [and better, I might add].

    Wayne can still perform but not as consistently as before.

  4. It's a rework from Alchemist's 2009 "I Know Your Name"