WATCH ALL YOUR FAVORITE BET SHOWS

BET Awards 2021: Top 10 Reasons Why Lil Wayne Is The G.O.A.T.

Many rappers have claimed to be the greatest, but there can only be one Greatest of all Time and Lil Wayne is in the running. Here are the Top 10 reasons why.

Drake has called him the G.OA.T. Chance The Rapper, Kendrick Lamar and Lil Baby have made this claim. Are they right? To be clear G.O.A.T. stands for greatest of all time and when you’re talking about rappers, “greatest” includes skills, longevity, and relevance. Wayne has all of these and a lot more. Here’s why he’s the G.O.A.T.

  • He is a lyrical genius

    Many people will say that Wayne’s rhymes are superior to everyone else’s but then they can’t really explain why. Well, what they mean is that his metaphors are the best in the game. After all, he came up with “real “G”s move in silence like lasagna.” Genius.

  • Makes music for several generations

    Generation X, Millennials, Gen Y and Gen Z are all fans of Weezy. He first came out as a rapper when he was 12 years-old and now he’s 38. So, his longevity has touched multiple generations.

  • He made his mark early

    He dropped his first record as a pre-teen when he was ushered into the Cash Money fold. Soon afterwards he was kicking it with the Hot Boys and appearing on tracks like “True Story” and “Bling Bling,” with seasoned pros.

  • His voice is unique

    Part of what makes Wayne’s rhymes so hot is his distinctive voice. At a mere 5’ 5”, when he speaks, you’d think it was coming from the mouth of an NFL linebacker.

  • Has discovered other talented rappers

    His label, Young Money discovered Drake and Nicki Minaj, clearly two of the best rappers on the scene. If you want to argue about that, save it for another discussion. Right now, we’re talking about Wayne and his ability to spot top talent, which can’t be denied.

  • Has more hit records than Elvis

    Record sales, streams, and chart position determine how much fans like your music. In February of 2020, Lil’ Wayne released “I Do It” featuring Big Sean and Lil Baby. This was his 82nd career Top 40 Hot 100 song, pushing him right past Elvis Presley.

  • He stays relevant

    Wayne doesn’t have to release an album or even a single to stay in everyone’s rotation. His guest appearances on other artists’ records and videos keep him on curren. Proof of this is the seven-year gap between the release of his albums Tha Carter IV and Tha Carter V. Despite the time that had passed, Tha Carter V had the second largest debut in the history of Spotify.

  • Other G.O.A.T candidates call Wayne the G.O.A.T

    Several very credible and top-selling artists have called Wayne the greatest, including Drake, Lil Baby and Kendrick Lamar, who said, “Lil Wayne is the greatest. Not only because of his music but also because of the culture he put behind it... so, we always hold Wayne in high regards.”

  • He keeps working

    Lil Wayne takes no days off. He is constantly involved with new projects or appearing on someone else’s track. And his lyrics never get stale. There is seemingly no end to the hot rhymes he comes up with.

  • He’s got a distinctive sense of style

    Yeah he knows hot rhymes and the secret to commercial success, but Wayne’s also got an eye for fashion. Check him out in videos, where he always stands out, whether it’s the bright colors or the platinum grill.

    Watch the 20th BET Awards on Sunday, June 27, at 8/9c.

Latest News

Subscribe for BET Updates

Provide your email address to receive our newsletter.

Select the types of notification you would like to receive from us. Please note, you must choose at least one.


By clicking subscribe, I consent to receiving newsletters and other marketing emails. Newsletters are subject to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Users can unsubscribe at any time.