Spin Magazine Names Lil Wayne Rock Star of the Year

This one deserves to be debated for awhile. In a somewhat shocking proclamation, Spin Magazine, recently named current Miami resident Lil Wayne as Rock Star of the Year. It's a nice gesture but you've got to wonder if he's really earned it?

Before everyone jumps and curses Spin

for trying to stir up a little controversy, there are clear reasons on

why Wayne is most likely deserving of the title. And it has nothing to

do with his guitar skills (or lack thereof). For starters, Wayne's

approach to hip-hop is about as conventional as Shawn Marion's jump

shot. He's showed no fear of crossing genres --  sometimes switching

between, rapping, singing, electro, and rock in his concerts.

Considering how conservative a lot of hip-hoppers are, you've got to

respect him for that.

There's also the sex, drugs, and

rock'n'roll lifestyle Wayne is synonymous with at this point. He's

usually high 24/7 and flaunts it at will. In a lot of ways, he's a lot

more like Jimi Hendrix (again, let's not talk guitar work) due to his

freedom of artistic expression and the public loves him for it.


Thom Yorke of Radiohead had a great year as did Chris Martin of

Coldplay. And plenty of other rockers did as well. It's a risky pick,

debatable for sure, but based on his sheer impact on pop culture in

2008 alone, I'd name Lil Wayne as rock star of the year as well.

--Jonathan Cunningham

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