Welcome back hip hop I saved your life

from Lil Wayne – Dr. Carter Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Nas brought forth the idea that Hip Hop is dead or dying in one of his most recent works “Hip Hop is Dead”, the controversial statement polarized many on the issue.
Wayne references this sentiment and takes it a step further by using this song as an extended metaphor for his work on “resurrecting” Hip Hop with his bosslike talent. The ‘patient’ being fixed up by Wayne throughout the song IS hip hop.

It’s also a reference to “Hip Hop Saved My Life” by Lupe Fiasco.

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