Do Lil Wayne Fans Know How to Spell? For the Ones Who Read Valley Fever, All Signs Point to No
Lil Wayne performing in front of his adoring Phoenix fans on August 12 at the Cricket Wireless Pavillion.
On October 2, Valley Fever featured a post about rapper Lil Wayne's latest brush with the law. In the comment section of the post, fans and critics voiced their opinions on the matter, and it seems the majority of Lil Wayne fans may have learned the English language by reading graffiti written on the side of a dumpster.
We're not just talking about a few typos, or an "e" at the end of potato -- circa-1992 Dan Quayle -- it almost seems as though Wayne fans have created a completely new language, where an "s" is replaced with"z" in almost every occurrence, and the word "that" has been exchanged for "dat."
In one of the more frightening comments, "anonymous" writes the following: "lil wayne getz on mi nerves by da way he treats girls and people in general i think dat he deserves to be in prison or jail wat ever dey decide and i think dey should put him to rest like da dog dat he iz."
"Da dog dat he iz" -- what an, um, eloquent use of alliteration.
Two minutes later, "anonymous" posted the comment again under the name "tyshaun brown" -- adding that "i wrote dat i 4got to put mi name."
Brown is not the only one of Wayne's fans that seems challenged -- here is what "Mesha F. Baby" brought to the conversation: "get off mi man dick dam all raps do dum shit weed is weed no matter how much it is."
"Peachii2012" offered this little nugget of wisdom: "UMM...GET OFF LIL WAYNES JOC AND UNDASTAND DAT LIL WAYNE IS SEXCII AND IS A HARD CORE RAPPER DAT GOT THE HARDEST BEATS AND RAPS OUT HERE STOP HATIN AND START APPRECIATING."
There are about 70 assaults on the English language similar to the comments from "Brown" and "Baby" -- check them out here -- it will probably make you want to bang your head against a dictionary.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you'll never miss Phoenix New Times' biggest stories.