Lil Wayne‘s year in music began to take shape once again when he released his long-awaited Tha Carter V in late September. The project, that boasts features from XXXtentacion to his Young Money cohort Nicki Minaj, was received to rave criticism. To honor that feat, BET decided to give the New Orleans native the “I Am Hip Hop Award” at its annual showcase Tuesday evening (Oct. 16).
Following a speech by DJ Khaled and Bun B, Wayne appeared on stage to accept the distinguished title. Backed by his daughter Reginae Carter and his mother Jacida Carter, the “A Mili” rapper shared a testimony of how former officer named “Uncle Bob” saved his life when he shot himself at age 12.
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In a cover story for Billboard, Wayne shared that he attempted suicide with his mother’s gun. The moment was featured on his album Tha Carter V on the song “Let It All Work Out.” During his acceptance speech, Wayne said that Uncle Bob wasn’t on detail at the time of the incident, but “he just heard the call and came.”
“When I say, ‘refuse,’ there’s a man in New Orleans, his name is Uncle Bob. He came into an apartment one day. He bust in the door, guns drawn—he saw nobody. He saw legs on the floor. It was my legs. He saw blood everywhere. Bunch of police hopped over me. He refused to do so. I never knew. I talked to him the other day, I never knew EMS was on the scene. He said EMS tried twice and they told him, ‘There’s nothing.’ He refused to let that die.
“He told his somebody, ‘Come drive this car. Forget an ambulance.’ He brought me to the hospital himself. He refused to wait, he kicked in the doors. He said, ‘You get whatever you gotta do and you make sure this child make it.’ Not only that, that day, Uncle Bob was a homicide detective. He was off on detail. He just heard the call and came. Not only did he refuse to sit, not only [didn’t] he give me to the doctors and leave, he refused to leave, he stayed and made sure that I made it.”
In addition to this moment, a video montage of well-wishes from the likes of 2 Chainz to Missy Elliott was shared for the 36-year-old. “You can’t talk about rap, you can’t talk about flows, you can’t talk about setting standards of greatness without mentioning him,” Kendrick Lamar said.
Watch the video tribute below.