Game Changers is a new HNHH feature that highlights artists that have left a strong mark on hip hop. Whether it be through creativity, influence, exposure, or just plain good timing, a game changer is someone who has brought something to rap where the game just wouldn't be the same without them.
In our first entry to the series, we're covering New Orleans legend Lil Wayne. Weezy has been a household name for quite some time now, but it's easy to forget that the rapper has been around for over 15 years. The rap industry is a young man's game, and it sees most emcees peaking with their early releases. Few are able to overcome this career tangent, but Wayne's ascension into superstardom is more in line with constantly growing and experimenting artists like Jay-Z or Kanye West.
Like these artists, Wayne's career can be divided pretty evenly into different eras. We've seen him as the Mannie Fresh-assisted Louisiana bounce rapper, the mixtape punchline-fiend, the unavoidable feature assassin, the left-field, lean-sipping weirdo, the Young Money frontman and the seasoned rap icon. While not all of his experiments have hit their mark (let's not forget 2010's disastrous Rebirth... on second thought, let's.), Wayne's various personas have managed to consistently influence the rap climate. Take a look at our list of Weezy's several incarnations, and how each has changed the game in one way or another.