Did Lil Wayne fall off? We posed that question this morning, and while it's debatable, there's no denying that the 29-year-old YMCMB star is far removed from his prime. Recent work, like his verse on French Montana's "Pop That" and solo singles like "My Homies Still," has been met with much criticism, and while Weezy is too busy skateboarding to care about his music's decline in quality, hip-hop listeners do.

There was a time when, however hyperbolic, Lil Wayne's "best rapper alive" declaration didn't actually seem that far-fetched. Now, his shortcomings are the main theme of the discussion surrounding his material, and it's unfortunate, because he still has streaks of brilliance.

Perhaps Lil Wayne created an unfair standard of judgment for himself with his prolific output in previous years, but his current lack of focus is apparent to even the most loyal of fans. What's needed now is the guidance to hone the high points of records like Drake's "HYFR" and Ace Hood's "Hustle Hard" remix and consolidate them into efforts that guarantee more satisfaction than disappointment.

That's where we come in. Here are 12 Ways Lil Wayne Can Get His Swag Back.

Written by Ernest Baker (@newbornrodeo)