[artist id="510062"]Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.[/artist] is no longer just your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper. In fact, considering the way he’s been carrying around a guitar lately , you could be forgiven for wondering if he event wants to be a rapper anymore. But the fact remains that for 12 long months, no one dominated hip-hop like Wayne did. No one sold more records, generated more headlines or appeared on as many tracks. No one flooded the market with as much product, and — in a genre loaded with compelling characters — no one was as mercurial, controversial, hilarious and, well, bizarre as Weezy was.
Not to mention, when you move 1 million copies of an album in one week, it’s pretty safe to say you’ve crossed over to the mainstream. Wayne most definitely was hip-hop in 2008, but he was pop culture too.
So considering all that — and after sifting through a year’s worth of headlines, videos and reader comments — we’ve decided to crown Lil Wayne as MTV News’ Man of the Year. From his epic Arizona drug bust in January to selling a million copies of Tha Carter III in June and, finally, nabbing eight Grammy nods in December, ’08 has been anything but dull for Wayne … and that’s just skimming the surface. Below, for your perusal, we’ve compiled his entire 2008 résumé — a list of accomplishments truly befitting our Man of the Year.
But before we dive deeper into Weezy’s achievements, a quick word about someone else who had a pretty impressive 2008: President-elect Barack Obama. Sure, you could probably make a fairly convincing argument for him being our Man of the Year — after all, GQ and Time already proclaimed him as such — and you’d probably be right. But for an explanation of why Obama didn’t make the cut on our list, head to the Newsroom blog.
1. Lil Wayne
2008 Highlights: Rolled into ’08 with the “Hottest MC in the Game” championship belt over his shoulder … Promised his long-awaited Carter III album would be coming this year and touted the long list of cameos he recorded by dubbing himself “Featuring Lil Wayne” … Arrested in Arizona when his tour bus is pulled over by border patrol agents who perform the aforementioned bust … Facing felony drug and weapons charges , he pleads not guilty . The case is still pending … Attempted to reunite the Hot Boyz at a concert during the NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans, but the event was canceled at the last minute due to shootings outside the venue … Visited his old secondary school , promising Tha Carter would drop “in April” and being asked to the prom by a girl named Julie … Showed up three hours late for a concert in New Jersey, did not apologize, ended show by donning a bathrobe, shouting “sexual f—ing chocolate has left the building, bi—” … Discussed his drank of choice , syrup … “Lollipop,” the first single from Carter III, tops the Billboard Hot 100 … Premiered the now-iconic Carter III cover , featuring a photo of him as a baby, complete with a pinkie ring and digitally added tattoos … Refused to freak out when the album leaked two weeks early … “Elated” when Carter III defies industry expectations and sells 1 million copies in a single week , the first album to do so since 50 Cent’s The Massacre in 2005 … Congratulated by 50, Kanye West and a host of others after accomplishing the feat … Played a “modern-day Robin Hood” in the “Got Money” video … Performed “A Milli” on the premiere of “FNMTV,” smelled like “a mixture of stubbed-out Phillies Blunts and a gallon of cough syrup,” proved that he possessed extrasensory perception like “the ‘hood Yoda” … Lost his pants during his performance at the Video Music Awards … Hopped a plane immediately following the VMAs to make a court date in New York City … Prepped Dedication 3 mixtape and Tha Carter IV … Appeared on Fall Out Boy’s Folie à Deux … Appeared on Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak … Named MVP at the BET Hip-Hop Awards … Announced plans to reissue Carter III, only with completely different songs … Shared the stage with Jay-Z but did not actually perform with him … Described the birth of his son as “nasty, but wonderful” … Strapped on a guitar to back up Kid Rock at the CMA Awards , only vaguely playing said guitar … Plotted I Am Music Tour with T-Pain, Gym Class Heroes and Keyshia Cole … Nominated for eight Grammy Awards , more than any other artist … “A Milli” is named “Best Song of 2008″ in MTV’s Bigger Than the Sound column … “A Milli” is named “Hip-Hop Single of the Year” by our Mixtape Monday family …Tha Carter III is named one of the “Best Albums of 2008″ … Seriously, he did all of that in 366 days — any doubts he’s our Man of the Year?
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