It's probably difficult to be the biggest rapper in the world and not also hold the title of the world's most hated. Anyone even reaching for the crown invites criticism just for being presumptuous. But to actually succeed, to accomplish where so many have failed, invites the most aggressive hate. And Lil Wayne is currently the most successful rapper working; even Jay-Z and Kanye West's collaborative album was dwarfed by sales of The Carter IV, which neared one million copies in one week.

The reasons for the hate are plentiful: Wayne uses Auto-Tune, dresses like a weirdo, releases pop songs, and to many, seemed to will himself into success by declaring himself "the best." But that is, at the end of the day, the nature of hip-hop, and an explanation for why success with a diverse audience is so important. You can't call yourself the greatest if people aren't going, and even then—or, especially then—some people hate.

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