Comparing yourself to others

Lil Wayne doesn’t walk into Tim McGraw’s recording studio and say to himself, “Boy, this McGraw fellow really has it figured out. I need to more like him.” No, Lil Wayne just makes his art.

Sure, he studies what came before him; he steals from others what will work for him; but Lil Wayne doesn’t pretend to be a country singer.

He doesn’t pretend to be anything.