lil-wayne-vibe-magazine-cover-2 lil-wayne-vibe-magazine-cover-2

Lil Wayne's Oct/Nov VIBE Cover Story [Pg.3]

At 28 you are already a veteran of the music industry, which has gone through major changes since the day you were a 9-year-old rapping on Cash Money. Has originality gotten lost on today’s MCs?
[I don’t judge them.] All I can say is make sure that you’re not rhyming because you figured you could sound like Drake. Make sure those aren’t the reasons that you’re picking up a pad and pen. Make sure that you’re doing it for a real reason. I did this when I was 8 years old. I started writing raps for a reason, and that reason was because I loved to make words rhyme. That was my reason for making music. So make sure you have a real reason that you want to rhyme. Don’t make that reason be “I’m tryna make it out the ‘hood’” or “I’m tryna feed my family,” because this shit ain’t guaranteed to do none of those things.
 
Some people say that you almost have to be obsessed with your craft, right?
Exactly. If you want to be where I’m at with it-I been in this 18 years. If you ain’t got that kind of dedication, then just leave it alone and do something that can actually benefit your future for the long run.
 
People would categorize you as obsessive, especially at the rate you’ve recorded and released mixtapes. When do you find time to sleep?
[Laughs]. I try to! I try to now because I’m getting older. I heard less rest brings wrinkles. But other than that, nah. I believe you sleep when you die. Life is to be lived, not slept.
 
Although you now live in Miami, do you see yourself moving back to New Orleans?
I’m not sure. But I know [whenever  I visit] it’s pretty special just because my family and friends are there and they get to see me, especially when I’m on tour performing. I’m sure there are people in the crowd that I’ve known when I was younger who I have no connections to right now. I like to know that they’re seeing me in this form. Like the people I went to school with and people that was there when I would tell them I’m gonna be a rapper. I still remember telling my teacher that I’m gonna rap. That hip-hop is gonna be my job.
 
Did those teachers believe that this actually was going to happen for you?
You know what? I have to be honest. Most of my teachers always said, “We don’t know if you’re gonna be a rapper, but you’re gonna be something.” They always said, “You’re gonna be something. You’re not gonna be regular or average. You’re gonna be somebody.”
 
So no stories of teachers telling you, “Nah, rapping is a pipe dream, kid.”
I didn’t have that. I was always very smart, so I’m thinking that those people that always say that they [experienced] those stories were probably bad students [laughs]. Their teachers probably told them, “You’re ass ain’t doing good in school anyway, so rap ain’t gonna help your ass!” I was always an A student. I was always in the best schools. I got my diploma. I went to college.
 
One thing you were never banking on was becoming a tabloid fixture on the blogs from various legal issues to who you are dating. How do you deal with the fact that you will never again experience anonymity?
You don’t deal with it. You deal with life. You deal with what’s really going on and what’s really realthat’s your four kids, that’s your mother, that’s your family, that’s your business and that’ the people around you. You don’t deal with what people are saying.
 
I don’t know anyone else who could get away with having all three of his children’s mothers [VH1 reality show star Toya Carter, singer Nivea and actress Lauren London] all smiles and peaceful when spending Christmas together. Want to give a few pointers?
I don’t think it’s anything that I do. It’s the person that I am. I think that just has a lot to do with it. It’s the same answer to the question about why I was never told I won’t be a rapper or I won’t be successful. There aren’t any problems with any of my personal or social situations because it’s who I am and what I am.

From the Web

More on Vibe

Paras Griffin

Tyrese Reacts To Jacquees' Claim That He's The King Of R&B

Jacquees has made a bold statement that's ruffled a few feathers.

The Cash Money artist took to social media over the weekend to assert that he's the king of R&B, and from what we can gather, the 23 singer wasn't talking about ribs and barbecue. "I just want to let everybody know that I'm the king of R&B right now," he said.

Some of the Internet raised its digital eyebrow at the boast, while others paid it no attention. Tyrese, however, didn't take kindly to the assertation.

"Ima keep it stack with you," the Transformers star posted. "The young kings of this generation that's been running sh*t since day one are Chris Brown and Trey Songz."

Tyrese continued and accused the Decatur, GA native of employing Tekashi 6ix 9ine tactics. "You got this out of the Tekashi 6ix9ine playbook. Stop trolling, my n***a. Get back in the booth."

View this post on Instagram

How Sway..? How.??......... The way we ALL reacted.......... Let me put you up on what’s really movin bruh.. This ain’t Hip Hop my nigha.. You can’t come in this game get hot for a year then try an #T69 nighas and throw that there word #KING around..... Imma keep it a stack with you... The young kings of your generation that’s #been runnin shit is 1 @chrisbrownofficial and 2 @treysongz .... BIG facts! FYI the last real R&B album through and through that has the integrity and blueprint of the culture that was made with NO skips was #ThreeKings you got this out of the T69 play book stop trolling my nigha get back in the booth.....

A post shared by TYRESE (@tyrese) on Dec 9, 2018 at 11:25pm PST

Tank, having gotten wind of Jacquees' statements, refuted his "king" claim. "First, R.Kelly is the king of R&B. The accusations don't disqualify what he's accomplished. Second, if you can't go in the studio by yourself and make a hit record, you're not my king. If you can't sing it better live, you're not my king. I appreciate all the talent out there, but we are using the word "king" too loosely."

View this post on Instagram

Every artist is supposed to believe they can fly but only one man made it happen. @rkelly body of work is still bible. I love ALL of the artist out now and some are having amazing success but to be the King you have to beat the King and his stats still stand. Imagine if “I Believe I Can Fly” had streaming when it dropped..geesh!!! I’ll let you guys focus on kings and queens.. I’ll stay focused on being around for another 20yrs! #Elevation #RnBMoney #TheGeneral

A post shared by Tank (@therealtank) on Dec 9, 2018 at 9:56pm PST

Are Tyrese and Tank overreacting? Or should Jacquees not make such bold assertions? Sound off in the comments below.

READ MORE: Tory Lanez Explains What Tekashi 6ix 9ine and Tupac Have In Common

Continue Reading
Bob Levey

Tekashi 6ix9ine Refuses To Take Plea Deal In Racketeering Case

Tekashi 6ix9ine is maintaining his innocence in his racketeering case despite the mounting evidence against him. His attorney Lance Lazzaro recently told TMZ that a plea deal is "off the table."

"A plea deal is simply off the table, even if the feds offer one," Lazarro told the celebrity news publication.

Tekashi's refusal to make a deal comes only one day after prosecutors presented photos and videos taken from his phone that prove the Brooklyn native's involvement in at least three armed robberies and shootings that went down in BK earlier this year. While the media found on his device does not show 6ix9ine pulling the trigger or holding a weapon, authorities are suggesting that he was the ringleader of all the crimes and enlisted others to do the dirty work for him. Tekashi's former manager, Kifano "Shotti" Jordan, is the only one who has been identified in the incidents at this time.

Nevertheless, Lazarro maintains his clients innocence, stating that he "was never part of a conspiracy, plain and simple. Nor did he ever participate in any incidents that the government has alleged." Despite his unwillingness to take a plea deal, Lazarro said 6ix9ine is fully cooperating with prosecutors.

Continue Reading
Earl Gibson III

Ty Dolla $ign Facing 15 Years In Prison Over Felony Cocaine Indictment

Things aren't looking to good for Ty Dolla $ign at the moment. The singer has reportedly been indicted on drug charges, and that could mean serious prison time.

Ty Dolla was reportedly indicted on felony cocaine and THC possession as well as a misdemeanor possession for one ounce of marijuana, TMZ reports.

He was reportedly busted while riding around in a limo in Fulton County, Georgia in Sept. 2018. Police reportedly arrested Ty after drug dogs discovered the illegal substances on him. While the singer was riding around with a handful of people, including DJ Skrillex, he was the only one detained by police. He was reportedly arrested just two hours before he was expected to co-headline a show at ATL's Cellaris Arena, alongside G-Eazy.

This is a serious situation for Ty. If he is convicted, he's facing up to 15 years in prison. Ty Dolla $ign has not commented on his current legal statement at this time. It is unclear when he is due back in court.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Wonder if anyone could tell how bad my gums are aching... I hate going to the dentist 😔

A post shared by Ty Dolla $ign (@tydollasign) on Dec 8, 2018 at 5:29pm PST

Continue Reading

Top Stories