Things couldn't be going much better for Lil Wayne's career. He's one of pop music's major stars, and he's responsible for the paths of Drakeand Nicki Minaj, who are not only among his biggest competitors, but are signedto his Young Money label.
But earlier this week, Lil Wayne was called to task by three littlegirls. Sisters Nia, 10, Nya, 9, and Kamaria, 5, who form the Baltimore,Maryland-based group WatotoFrom The Nile, released a song, "Letter To Lil Wayne," that questions theNew Orleans rapper's lyrics that degrade women and promote drug abuse.
"Letter To Lil Wayne"is recorded over an instrumental of the Lil Wayne song "I'm Single." In less thanone week, the independent release on Solvivaz Records has received nearly200,000 plays and was featured on numerous blogs.
While the song is written in a respectful tone and Wayne is referred to as"mister" and "sir" throughout, it is direct from its opening line: "This messageis for Mr. Wayne. I'm sorry but I must complain about what you do and what yousay."
The song gets more specific: "People say, 'Say no to drugs,'so tell me Sir who should I trust. You or them?'" One of the lines even asks Wayne if he is also speaksdisrespectfully to his own daughter. "I hear you got a little girl. Does sheget the same referral you call the world. Not trying to lean. I hope you callher little queen," the girls ask.
The song has received mixed responses, according to JabariNatur, the girls' father and the song's producer and co-writer. The group has beenflooded with interview requests and invitations to perform and makeappearances, including an offer to be in a play.
"We got great response and positive feedback," Natur told Yahoo! Music."I am disappointed by the negative reaction that we've got. Some of the hatemail that we've gotten from people. .. [These are] 10-, 9-, and 5-year-old littlegirls and the statements that are being made on some of these websites ... andall because we are talking about respecting women?"
Among their milder critics is up-and-coming rapper ChaseMillion$$$, who defends Waynein his song "Letter To Watoto From The Nile" rhyming, "There's some things youwon't understand because you're just a child."
As of Friday afternoon, Watoto From The Nile, which meanschildren from the Nile in Swahili, had not been contacted by anyone in Lil Wayne's camp. But Natursaid the song isn't just about Lil' Wayne;it is speaking out in general against music with negative messages.
Watoto From The Mile decided to write to Lil Wayne after hearing hissong "I'm Single" on the radio. The group was shocked that so much of the song wasbleeped out because of the explicit lyrics.
"We want to take back the radio airwaves," Natur said. "Wewant music to get right."
That's Really Week commends Watoto From The Nile for its efforts to help clean up the music space. In fact, this week's music news is somessy, we would actually love for the trio to also record letters to ChristinaAguilera, Lady Gaga, Prince, and most definitely Kim Kardashian. Days ago, Aguilerafound herself the subject of both an arrest and hiring; she landed a new gig,co-hosting a talent competition. Lady Gaga put out the gory video for "BornThis Way." Prince was accused of not paying legal fees. And reality star KimKardashian made her delusional recording debut with the horrendous "Jam (TurnIt Up)."
Hopefully, we'll be able to report next week that Kardashianhas come to her senses and won't be making an entire album. Our fingers are crossed.See you then.
THIS WEEK'S TOP 5 MUSIC NEWS STORIES
1) Destiny'sChild - Young sisters questionLil Wayne'slyrics
3) Labor Pains - Lady Gaga unveiled "Born This Way" video
4) Royal Pain -- Prince sued by NY lawfirm
5) Tardy For The Party -- Kim Kardashian releases new song