Lil Wayne is undoubtedly at the top of his game and at the top of the pack in music’s current hierarchy of stars. And while the Young Money emcee is reaching levels of success that most artists can only dream of, he’s now opening up about the loneliness he feels at the top and why, despite it’s trappings, he wouldn’t have it any other way.
In a new song, “Nightmares of the Bottom,” off his upcoming album Tha Carter IV, Lil Wayne reflects upon his massive success and reveals his deep-rooted fear of becoming just another industry has-been.
“Sleeping at the top/ Nightmares of the bottom/ Everybody wanna be fly, until you swat ’em,” raps Wayne.
After Wayne performed the track for the first time during the taping of his upcoming MTV Unplugged episode, the “6 Foot 7 Foot” rapper explained the meaning of the song to MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway.
“I mean simply, sleeping at the top with nightmares of the bottom,” said Wayne. “Everybody says it’s lonely at the top. It is lonely, so I dream, though, and the only thing I dream about is being down there with the people that ain’t lonely. Thank God I am alone. And that’s simply what it is: nightmares of the bottom.”
With guest features popping up everywhere and fans still hungry for his long-delayed album, Tha Carter IV, we doubt that Lil Wayne’s star is going to fall anytime soon. MTV2 Presents: Lil Wayne Unplugged is set to premiere on Sunday, June 12, at 9 p.m.