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Lil Wayne’s Full Interview With GQ Magazine

Thu, Oct 20, 2011 by

Lil Wayne Full Interview With GQ Magazine

Two days ago, we got the front cover of GQ magazine’s November issue with Lil Wayne, Eminem and Keith Richards on, and now we have Weezy‘s interview that will be featured in the magazine. In the interview, Tunechi speaks on selling over one million copies of Tha Carter IV in the first week, retiring at the age of 35, being locked up behind bars, syrup, weed, being sober, skateboarding, his relationship with his biological father, and more! You can read the full interview after the jump below, as well as view some behind the scenes footage from GQ‘s photo shoot with Tune.

For the past ten hours, I’ve been orbiting the world of Wayne, a bizarre realm of drivers, managers, assistants, skater buddies in knee socks, fellow rappers, and a terrifying horde of girls dressed like hookers. Amid all the chaos, Weezy himself is nowhere to be seen. Finally, at 1 a.m. at the Westin, where the hallways are thick with the smell of weed, I find Wayne relaxing in sweatpants in his penthouse suite. As usual, he’s watching ESPN. In deference to me (I think), he mutes the sound.

GQ: Congratulations on selling a million records this week. Are you surprised at all?
Lil Wayne: Yeah. Hell yeah, I’m surprised.

GQ: I was sure you were going to be like, “Absolutely not.”
Lil Wayne: No. I was very surprised. I did not think I was gonna do that. I mean, I already did that—I sold a million copies the first week of Tha Carter III. I never imagined it would happen again. I think we’d be some greedy motherfuckers to expect it to happen again, and I’m still shocked that it did.

GQ: I hear you plan to retire when you turn 35?
Lil Wayne: Basically, I have been doing this for eighteen years. That’s reason number one. I have accomplished all that I have set out to accomplish and more. Also, I have a label, and I’ve only put out two artists Drake and Nicki Minaj. I have a lot more work to do, and it’d be selfish to not focus on being the boss and focus on their projects.

But the main reason is my kids, my children. Now, if I thought I’d be selfish to my artists, imagine what I think I would be doing to my kids. I have enough money that they don’t have to ever do anything—which, they will do everything, ’cause they ain’t getting shit. [cackles wildly] Six more years, I can do this Lil Wayne thing, and my boys will be about 7 and 8 years old. And man, it’s all about them then. You know, whatever they’re doing. Sports. Whatever they’re into. That’s where I am. I’m at every game. I’m the dad with the hat on. The jersey. That’s me.

GQ: You’ll still be you without music?
Lil Wayne: I feel like I’ll be a new me, and how good is that? To actually be opening a brand-new door of life at 35? That’d be awesome. Totally awesome. I’m looking forward to it.

GQ: Did your time in jail slow you down or mellow you out a bit?
Lil Wayne: I don’t think life is about a pace, living slow or fast. I think you just live, y’know what I mean? You’re either living or you’re dead. So it just helped me on my way, helped me with life. Cleared me up, cleaned me up, opened my eyes to things. I definitely thank God for that moment instead of looking at it as a problem or a bad situation. I needed it.

GQ: You’re sober now? No more syrup?
Lil Wayne: I’m good. I ain’t tripping. I’m used to it now. But I was never on heroin or cocaine or Ecstasy or nothing like that. I drank syrup and smoked a lotta weed. I wish I could be back on it. That’s how it fucking feels. [cracking himself up] “How does it feel to be sober?” I’ll be like, “It feels fucked-up.” What you want me to say? “It feels great”? No. I was on something that the doctor prescribed. I was ill, and that was helping me.

GQ: So you aren’t going back on it?
Lil Wayne: I cannot wait until I get off probation, sweetheart. Not for syrup. No, not for syrup. I stopped syrup May 9 of 2009. But nobody knew. Because I still rapped about it. Because I respect the culture of where it came from. I still rep that shit.

GQ: What’s up with all the skateboarding?
Lil Wayne: You know, I don’t know. Everybody asks me that question, like, “What made you start skating?” Yeah, well, um…I don’t know. I’m still like a kid, because unfortunately my childhood was raped away from me because I became a star, a rapper, or whatever you want to call it, and you can’t be a kid and a rapper at the same time. So I watch television and I get real amped. Like, people watch commercials, and they’re like, “Who’s gonna buy that?” I’m the person they make the commercials for. I watch them, and I’m like, “Oh God, that’s awesome.” So I was just watching TV, and I was like, “Yeah. I want to do that!” And I called a guy and I said, “I want a ramp on my roof.” I have a pretty big roof at home. So I put a ramp on the roof about five months ago, and man, I’ve been skating ever since.

GQ: Five months ago was the first time you got on a board?
Lil Wayne: First time I got on a board and was serious, yes. You know, of course, as a kid I have — you know, I had never owned my own skateboard. As a kid in the hood, people in the hood had boards.

I got on a board and saw what it does. But as far as taking it serious, nah, this is the first time. Shit, I had to be serious. I was on a ramp. I didn’t want to go out there and be busting my ass. But in order to stop busting my ass, I had to get smart and control everything.

GQ: It’s pretty hard, skating.
Lil Wayne: It’s pretty difficult. But when you’re having fun, and when you’re doing anything and having fun with it, it almost takes the complication out of it. It takes the difficult out of it. That’s what it is with my music. I have so much fun with it that I still do it every day, and people will be like, “What drives you? What makes him just…?” He’s not working. He’s having fun. So, why not have fun every day? I’m not tired of having fun yet, so that’s what it is. It is hard, but it is fun.

GQ: Where did you hurt yourself when you fell?
Lil Wayne: Right over the scar. [points to head]. It’s okay. It’s pretty fine. Nine stitches.

GQ: That’s a bad place to get hit, I would guess.
Lil Wayne: It wasn’t that bad. It wasn’t. It was real quick. Happened, and I was stitched up and went about my way. I told everybody. Everybody was like, “Oh, my God. You got nine stitches. You busted your head?” I was like, honestly, I fell so much harder in other places. Like, I wish you were there to see me really bust it. I busted my ass before, like, literally, this is nothing. These stitches are like—this is the first time I have seen blood shed, but I’ve fallen much harder than that.

GQ: Growing up, did you have an idea of what a skater was like?
Lil Wayne: No. Not one idea at all. Didn’t know why that thing was created. You know. I didn’t know. I thought it was something for the parents who didn’t want to buy their kid a bike. “Give ’em a skateboard.” Thought that’s what it was. I wish there had been a skate culture, because I would be so much better. Now I’m into it. And I know I would have been interested in it then, just as interested as I am now, because I love it. I don’t know why, but I love it. I don’t like it a lot. I love it. So, I wish it was, man. I’m kinda mad that I had to wait 28 years to jump on a skateboard.

GQ: Is that culture something you’re getting into now?
Lil Wayne: I would say yeah. To be serious about it, you have to respect everything about it. And to respect everything about it, you have to respect the culture. And to respect the culture, you have to know the culture. So, I’ve set out to do, and am doing, and I did and done those things.

I’ve researched, and I know everything about the culture. I know everything about who’s who, what’s what, who won what, and who’s better than who, and who skates for what team, and I’m into it. I’m into it. And you know what, they respect me a whole lot. Everywhere we go, every city or state we go, we have a skate park booked for after the show. I go there, I skate till about sun-up, and seven times outta ten, there’s usually a pro there. Or they’re usually connected to some pro or on some pro team. And, you know, we take pictures, we skate, we session together. They respect me so much just musically, without skating, period. A guy told me the other day, he was like, “You know what’s so crazy is like, a lot of artists say they skate, or a lotta artists say they pick a skateboard. But, you know, for the best to do it, it makes you a person that skates, it refreshes you, to remember why you picked up a skateboard.”

And there’s also been people who told me, “To see you skate and to see you serious and having so much fun, it’s like, I’ve seen you on the Internet, and every time I see you on a clip, you’re smiling. You’re having the time of your life. Even when you fall. It makes us, the people that really skate, say, ‘Stop taking it so serious and enjoy what you’re doing, because there’s people that already got the world in their hands and is picking up this skateboard and enjoying it.'”

So you already know what to do with a skateboard, why don’t you enjoy it extra hard for them? And you know every time when I meet somebody that says that I feel good as a person for what I’m doing and they feel good—I mean, it feels good when they tell me that, you know. “You enlighten me on skateboarding, and I’ve been skating for 30 years, and to see you pick up a skateboard and be so happy and so motivated and dedicated to it, it makes me want to do it that much more.” And I’m glad I could do that.

GQ: Do you get that from other young rappers, kids just starting out?
Lil Wayne: Of course I get that. Especially when I was locked up. Like, that was basically all the letters. “You’re the reason why I started rapping” and “You’re the reason why I started singing” or “You’re the reason why I don’t give up” or “I never gave up!” or you know, and, it’s just, as people say, there’s something about my confidence. There’s something that says, this is my thing and I’m gonna do it how I wanna do it, and the hell what you think.

And that draws them, especially when you mean it and you prove it and you do it, and you be successful. And I’ve done that. It’s strong. It’s strong when you stand for that and you make progress on that situation, meaning you go to jail, you get knocked down, and you come right out of jail, and you put out the number-one album, and you sell a million records in one weekend. And you know, you talk to Katie Couric and you tell Katie Couric, “I’m a gangsta.” You know? And you’re looking her in the eye, and you’re saying, “I am a gangster, Miss”—you know?

And when you do those things, you show people that come from nothing, that, man—people that come from everything—you just show them that “I can be.” You know. “And I can do.” Because that kid, he isn’t perfect. You know? But he is. He’s doing what he does. And, I mean, that’s what it is. That’s what’s the glory of it.

GQ: You have 31 million fans on Facebook. That’s a lot of power.
Lil Wayne: I was told one time—crazy story—I was condo shopping one day. There was a guy doing the condo shopping, and we come downstairs. We walked through the lobby. And there’s people in the lobby, there’s security, or whatever. There’s a female with a baby stroller. We walked to another condo building. It’s like, a block away. We looked at two spots in there. Now mind you, that probably took every bit of an hour and a half. And as we’re walking back, he’s like, “Um, y’know, I wanted to tell you that your power that you have over kids is crazy.” And I was like, “Excuse me?” Because he was appropriate and businesslike the whole time. I didn’t even think he knew who I was. I thought he thought I was just some guy looking for a condo. He’s like, “Your music, man. I believe if you had 3,500 people on the top of a building and you told them to jump,” he said, “I believe that 3,000 of them would jump before you.” He said, “I didn’t say I believe all of them were going to jump, but I believe 3,000 of ’em would jump before you.” He said, “Then the other five hundred would jump after.” And he was like, “And you know what’s crazy? My daughter would be one of those 3500 people.” He’s like, “If you don’t mind, would you please say hi to her?” I was like, “Yeah. I don’t mind.” He’s like, “Okay, well, when we get back to the building, she’s the girl with the baby stroller.” I’m like, “She been sitting there for two hours?” “Yeah. She just wanted to say hi. You mean that much to her.” He was like, “And as a father, to look at your daughter and see that another human being means that much more to her than I actually do as her father, that is something.” So he was like, “I want to tell you, young man: You have power, and I just want you to know of the power you have, and take heed to that.”

GQ: What are you going to do with that power?
Lil Wayne: I do exactly what I should. I be me. And that’s exactly what you’re supposed to do. You’re not supposed to say, “Okay. Now I got the power. Let me do things this way.” No. Because obviously I got the power, doing what I do, and I ain’t gonna stop doing what I do. I’m gonna be exactly who I am. So, if that dies one day, so be it.

GQ: That’s pretty wise. Do you have some inner guidance that tells you that?
Lil Wayne: Yeah. My momma. My mom keeps me grounded, keeps me humble, and that’s just the person I am, honestly. Thank God. I was just born to be who I am. I am very humble, and I am very gracious and very grateful for everything that happens to me and about me and around me. So with that said, I wouldn’t be any other way anyways. So, whether this was music, sports, technician, electrician, whatever. This is me.

GQ: Your relationship with your biological father seems complicated.
Lil Wayne: He don’t give a shit about me. And I don’t give a shit about him. I know his friends be like, “Damn, nigga. That is not your son. Stop lying. Nigga, you could be living in a motherfucking ranch right now, nigga.” You know, whatever your father’s into, if you’re rich, you’re gonna get him that shit. I would’ve got that nigga all kinda harnesses, ranches—you know what I mean? I saw the nigga recently—I had a show in New Orleans. And I ain’t afraid to put this out there, ’cause this is just how much I don’t give a fuck about a nigga, and I want people to see how you’re not supposed to be. I was parked at the hotel, and I saw him walking outside the hotel. Just walking back and forth. I’m like, “Look at this nigga! You gotta be looking for me.” If Lil Wayne got a show in New Orleans, the whole of New Orleans knows. Basically, you’re not there for nothing else but me. So I call my man on the bus. I’m like, “Nigga, that’s my daddy.” He’s like, “Word? Oh shit. That nigga looks just like you!” So I tell my man, “Go see what’s up.” So my man goes to holla at him. He tells my man, “Oh. I didn’t know y’all was here. I’m here waiting for this little ho to get off. Get off work from the hotel.” For real? That’s when I was like, “Typical Dwayne Carter.” So that’s what’s up with me and my real father. I don’t want to look like his ass, but I do.

GQ: Are the tattoos a way of not looking like your dad?
Lil Wayne: Tattoos are just a way of expressing myself. Me being me. I just went crazy. I don’t know what happened. I think somebody slipped something in my drink, like a drug that’ll make you get, like, a bunch of tattoos.

GQ: How does life look right now through Lil Wayne’s glasses?
Lil Wayne: I can describe it like this: Today I was riding up to the venue. I had just woken up, and I looked out the window, and there was like a billion cars in the parking lot. I turned to my girl, and I said, “Isn’t it crazy how all those cars and all those people are there to see me?” And the craziest part was I still could get that feeling. All this time, after all those albums, videos, all those awards and money and groupies and homeys and gangbanging and friends and no-longer friends. That I can still get that feeling, like, “Wow. This is amazing.” That’s what it is to be me. Yeah.

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  • First bitches

  • garette


  • tune

    name of the song in the video?

  • tune

    found it ! 😀

  • Lilduke1

    ii know his pops mad as fuck his son rich, buh damn thats fucked..oh well, wayne ben succesful w/out em..ii jus hope he dont retire at 35, mack sayd he wont soo we good lol

  • Ali Wayne

    Tune is the best from Morocco Fans <3

  • donat

    3rd bitches

  • Loyalty

    Great interview!

  • ronie

    I would jump I think:D Damn weezy is wise

  • #WeezyShouldn’tRetire

    so when wayne gets off probation he wants to get back on the syrup cause he said “i cant wait to get off probation, sweetheart”?

  • theBroKing

    where have i read that girl with the stroller thing before? i know he mentioned that condo showing somewhere…

  • rdg

    he wants to get out of probbation so he can legally smoke weed

  • Dat interview was dope…oh and i would jump too,lol.

  • d-boy

    Ugly pic

  • CALI


    no did you actually read it he wants to go back on weed. he doesn’t do syrup he still raps about cuz it has culture

  • LIkeMe

    Great Interview from wayne.
    He’s Wise.
    Luv You

  • Adz

    Good interview!!

    Wayne misses smoking dat og kush!!!! Lol ppl say that the syrup inspired him and made him creative. I highly doubt that, its the weed. Wayne smoked an O a day lol.

    Any1 know wen his prob is up?

    Dont wrry wayne that first toke will come LOL

  • Jason mosely

    Its funny how wayne claims hes the first rapper to purchase the buggati but hes actually not its rick ross who was the first ross bought it in 08 and wayne bought it in 09 around the time of no ceilings and ross says it on a song billionare

  • Lil wayne is trash now

    Why does wayne rap about smokin weed if he aint smokin weed that goes to show that this dude doesnt have shit to say in his music and that goes to show that he fake as fuck and he aint no g i never heard of a g that kisses men in the mouth and wear womens pants smh i aint fuckin with wayne anymore

  • georgiaboy87

    nice as interview… yea i would totally jump but ill have on a parachute & u can believe that… also 35 seems like a long time away even thou its 6 years but we can still expect more than allot of music out of wayne (praying that he dont retire thou)

  • Luiseezy F. Crazy

    @theBroKing he said that on the MTV Interview with Sway, like a month or so after he got out of jail.

  • theBroKing

    thanks luiseezy

  • Bs up cs down

    This interview was mostly about skate boarding cmon ur interviewing a rapper not a skateboarder

  • @Jason mosely just because rick ross says buggati in a song he automatically has one?

  • Jason mosely

    @187josh187 he even shows it on an episode of mtv cribs dam yall so quick to defend wayne on every comment yall see from somebody yall some head givers real talk

  • lol

    He shouldve waited n took his dad bitch. Lol on my momma he wouldve been salty.

  • Eric Bonacker

    Wayne inspires all kids and young adults. No matter what terrible or awful situation you have been in or are currently in or even if you had an upsettting childhood that made you grow up quicker than normal people, Wayne gives you that feeling that anything is possible. Wayne shows you if work hard and stick to being yourself you can truly do great things. Greatness is something that you will never forget. He has truly inspired me in every way, i can now call myself a successful businessman (which is hard to believe). During these years of growing and moving forward i have listen to Wayne each day. Wayne’s words have created this hunger inside me to be GREAT and to be the BEST at whatever i do. Keep it rolling Wayne, I’m not sure what I am or what all your fans are going to do when you finally give it up.

  • William Wayne

    thanks for that great conversation

  • Pauly D


  • Pauly D

    Wtf why doesnt he talks about the next albums or when we get a single or whatever, man this sucks.

  • Nay

    I wuld jump

  • Hunter

    ross doesnt have a bugatti thats one hundred percent correct. i dont give a fuck what you dick sucker say he doesnt have one. anyways he makes shit money he could hardly afford one if he wanted it.

  • Jason mosely

    @hunter how do u know do u know him the nigga has big money wayne proly does have more but he has big money remember he use to be a CO my nigga and the nigga showed it on cribs thats proof there so stop dick ridin my dude

  • miggity

    That last question was the best. … “Today I was riding up to the venue. I had just woken up, and I looked out the window, and there was like a billion cars in the parking lot. I turned to my girl, and I said, “Isn’t it crazy how all those cars and all those people are there to see me?” And the craziest part was I still could get that feeling. All this time, after all those albums, videos, all those awards and money and groupies and homeys and gangbanging and friends and no-longer friends. That I can still get that feeling, like, “Wow. This is amazing.” That’s what it is to be me. Yeah.”

    Lil Wayne, man … GOAT.

  • Hunter

    yeah dick ridin…u would think of that. he didnt talk about the bugatti it was just for show and he said it in another mtv interview.

  • Jason mosely

    My nigga stfu stop replyin to me my nigga u dont know what u talkin about just dead it

  • Hunter

    simple bitch in denial who cares ass hole dont have to be a dick about it whatever else u have to say can eat my shit five times. as for your mom…ask her what i did to her last night

  • Jason mosely

    Yea i can tell u a lame u deadass talkin shit on a fansite to a nigga u dont even know smh grow up my nigga

  • Hunter

    …u talked shit first…simple bitch cant back up shit…ill catch your ass bitch…make you cry for your mom, throw one of my bitches down your throat so you will shut the fuck up

  • Jason mosely

    Lmaooooo u serious my nigga u sound stupid stop it 5 how old are u

  • Hunter

    good one…first in the state in football about to be first in the nation who are u?

  • ogeezy

    2 months til YM album

  • Hunter

    @ogeezy how u think its gonna be

  • Sir-Tay

    So proud of him!!! Im only 19 and I can say that for him!!! He’s my hero and I appreciate everything he does and continues to do!!!!

  • Jason mosely

    This nigga wayne has 3 daddys birdman his step dad rabbit and his other dad dwayne and he kisses the surrogate one smh how can u be proud of a man who claims to be somethin hes not(bllod) and a man that kisses another man on the mouth and wears women pants

  • Jason mosely

    This nigga wayne has 3 daddys birdman his step dad rabbit and his other dad

  • Mookie da don

    Thats waynes problem if he kisses men and wears jeggings his music is good and thats all that matters

  • Hunter

    yeah u stupid jason jeezus

  • Joey

    so many pointless questions they gave wayne….why not ask him about his upcoming music he plans to release or what’s next for him in music or sumtin…

  • georgiaboy87

    man fuck jason mosely i can see the bitchness in ur texting boy. you just mad cause ur daddy use to play in ur ass at night. just pull the dick out yo ass and stop hating. leave the weezy fans in peace boy

  • workaburd

    the real her ft. lil wayne leaked his verse isn’t bad

  • AllieRae

    omg greeaaatttt interview. thts the sameee thing with my dad. he dont give a shittt about me and i dont give a shit about him. i could care less about him. Wayne inspires me. i love him soo muchh<3 he has gotten me through a lott(: this interview was amazingg<33 xoxo TeamTunechi bitch forever and everr;-*

  • Mj

    Drake- The Real Her feat Lilwayne

  • yeah this is a awesome interview 🙂 ymcmb 🙂

  • Chris

    That was probably one of his best interviews. What a great read.

  • Chris

    he is evolving thru his interviews he is slowly starting to sound like pac in the wise department..he knows life is bigger then him the industry is bigger then him he is only a product and he knows that but what is my boy wearing checkered pants lol i guess do ur thing homie u do it well

  • Chris

    hmmwe got another chris now lol

  • drake ft lil wayne
    the real her
    weezy’s verse is sooooo good but so short!! 🙁

  • Tune

    Did drakes whole album leak? Or just the song with Wayne?

  • jc

    @ jason mosley….you do realize that every comment you have made sounds ducking retarded or it is something that retarded people on this site have said before. thank you for proving that wayne haters will never go away as his fan base keeps getting bigger. douche bags like you should really not be allowed to comment on internet articles because it always sounds the same and you’re the one that comes off as stupid bcuz no one here gives a fuck about you or your opinion


    @jason mosley fuck off u retarded crap listen eminems crap shit

  • Tune-Meh

    Am soo prouddd of you tunechiii<3
    I adore the shit outta you nigga<3<3

    And @Jason mosely shut the fuckk up, and fuck off !

  • love you baby

  • JJ

    Like Father….Like Son

  • Gud interview ooh! dam the feeling of a father who does not give shit about u is bad, wayne says he was just walking around n said his lookin 4 his bitch, the nigga was just tryin to hurt wayns heart

  • King rose

    I dnt believe tht wayne wil b retirin at da age of 35,coz da game is jst startn….

  • real shit

    ^^mostly followers/ non-leaders^^

    “my childhood was raped away from me”

    his words not mine..

  • Mrz.Tunechi


  • Tobi

    Lil you are nice ma Nigga, how u doing?

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  • YaMomma

    @ #WeezyShouldn’tRetire ; NO HE DONT WANNA GET BACK ON SYRUP ; Its says ” I cannot wait until I get off probation, sweetheart. Not for syrup. No, not for syrup. I stopped syrup May 9 of 2009. ” He just wanna get off so he could smoke some BUD : )

  • Phansy

    which’s the song on that videoo YMCMB babyy

  • yesi

    lol lil wayne is beautiful!!

  • Crystal Morgan

    I will be glad when the YM circus leaves town. This nigga is a fake and a fraud. YM is wack, wack punchlines and a bunch of weirdos.

  • Fresh as nigga

  • Riyan

    I practically love every song that lil wayne does. Cheers!!!

  • Lil weezy your the bestt fukinn rapper
    i lovee your jeans there madd sexyyy

  • Firaol

    For real,u r the best rapper alive,coz u rap what is in ur heart,love u ,respect u.YOU ARE THE BEST.