“I am not the like you, I am a Martian.” -Lil Wayne
Mark Rahyt remarked “Afrofuturism as a movement has evolved alongside Hip Hop, similarly having no definitive beginning while simultaneously coalescing alongside Hip Hop in urban America during the late 1970s.”
Rapper Lil Wayne’s raspy voice is almost always synthesized and auto-tuned, attributing him a robotic, futuristic sound. His mixtapes have been remixed and remix conspicuously. He calls himself an alien.
Lil Wayne embodies the union of hip hop and Afrofuturism, designating himself as an extra-terrestrial in his lyrics, his aesthetics and his sound. Even this Rolling Stone Article thinks so: but how does this outer-worldly motif function?
William Tsistos asserts:
Non-white musical artists adopt the alien identity in a way that enhances their individuality. Alien identity allows them to be viewed as something other than the “(insert racial/ethnic group) artist” label. Alien status also allows some non-white musicians to expand upon and deviate from the musical styles often associated with their racial/ethnic category.
Perhaps, like Sun Ra, George Clinton, and many other artists before him, Wayne aspires to rethink a past, imagine a future, and redefine the present by constructing himself as a man from Mars.