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Lil Wayne Discusses Kobe Bryant & Floyd Mayweather Promoting His “Tha Carter V” Album

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Lil Wayne Discusses Kobe Bryant & Floyd Mayweather Promoting His Tha Carter 5 Album

ESPN The Magazine have released their latest issue called “2014 World Cup”. Inside the magazine, a new Lil Wayne interview can be found that you can read below.

Tune discussed social media, getting Kobe Bryant to tweet out a promo cover for Tha Carter V, Kobe coming up with “Tha Carter V Season” album campaign, getting Floyd Mayweather to preview the “Believe Me” single, which athlete he would have next to promote his upcoming album, being fans of the Boston Red Sox and the Green Bay Packers, his “Fuck the Heat” comments back in early 2013, Donald Sterling, C5, and more.

Click here to purchase the new ESPN The Magazine issue. Weezy F Baby also said that he can’t remember he recorded a song dedicated to Kobe Bryant, because he has recorded so much music!

My friends call me Tune. You can call me Wayne, brah.

Athletes wanna be rappers, rappers wanna be athletes. I wanna be what I am.

But meeting athletes is the coolest. Trust me — the coolest. When we met, I told Kobe I’m a huge fan and he told me he’s a huge fan, which was a total shock. He also said he likes the things I say about him in music. I think I put a song out for him — I don’t know, I’ve done so much music.

I don’t know social media. I’m old-school: I know eyes and ears. I know sports, worldwide, is forced on you all day, every day in a great way. Kobe can reach a wider audience. Plus, everybody knows I’m in love with sports, so it’s a way to be involved.

Sports and music are connected by youth. Music is youth, sports is youth, and to the younger players, music is their motivating force. Also, I believe athletes want you to know who they are — not just how they play. Music is an outlet for that.

My homey Cortez came up with it: What do you think about Kobe tweeting the album art? I’m like, what do I think? That’d be dope. So I had the homey hit him up simple procedure: Hey, can you tweet this? And he did. It wasn’t planned or paid — I only went to the homeys as a favor for a friend.

I have movie star friends too, but movies are a choice. People have to go out to watch movies, and they don’t watch movies that they don’t like.

“Carter V Season” was all Kobe. He came up with it. I saw that and thought, That’s dope as hell, so that’s what we’re calling the album campaign. I thanked him. Then we thought about Floyd.

We knew Floyd had a fight coming up. So all eyes were on him. I have his number, so I had my homey hit him up: Can you put this video of Drake out, as a little tease? He did and it worked. That shit was crazy. I told him I appreciate him. He said he’s down for whatever else. That’s Floyd — down for whatever.

I don’t know if I’ll do another, but if I could’ve had any athlete tease my music, it would’ve been the late Junior Seau.

Why do I like the Red Sox and Packers? Pedro Martinez was my favorite player, followed by David Ortiz. The Packers because my late dad went to their Super Bowl game in New Orleans in 1997, and he came home with a bunch of Packers paraphernalia, so my bedroom was full of Packers posters. I’ve been a fan since. Also, Brett Favre was the shit.

The “Fuck the Heat” sing-along at my show? Fact. I was just heated about getting thrown out their game with the Lakers, that’s all. They invited me back, but I live in L.A.

I’m a Lakers die-hard, a superfanatic, and I’m super-happy on that sideline, and I’m super-close, so you can hear everything I say. I’m just a regular fan, but Miami wasn’t too happy about the things I was saying.

They say L.A. is now a Clippers town. Well, I’m cool with it because CP3 is at point guard, and he’s my brother.

My thoughts on Donald Sterling are I have no thoughts about a man who doesn’t, or can’t, think.

Tha Carter V is about growth, flat-out. My thoughts are wiser. I still say what I want to say — it just sounds better and makes more sense. That all comes with growth and maturity.

I wasn’t so good at sports. I wasn’t the best at basketball, wasn’t terrible. I played football real well. Now, I dib and dab on the skateboard.

I never try to send messages through music. Music is about self. It’s supposed to be personal, a reflection of me, unless you have somebody writing it for you, and everybody know I’m not that artist. I’m not sending a message because that message may not get across. Whatever message you take from it is your choice.

I have four kids. Rappers’ kids are usually bigger fans of athletes than their own dads. But not my kids. No, my kids are bigger fans of Batman and Spiderman.

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  • ???

    I’m confused, was that the real c5 cover that we saw?

    • I don’t think it was.

    • mortimerr2014

      he made it seem like it was but tez said it wasnt

    • Time

      It was at first but then they seen all the negative comments on it so they said it wasn’t

  • [Original] Gudda Gudda

    “Tha Carter V is about growth, flat-out. My thoughts are wiser. I still say what I want to say — it just sounds better and makes more sense. That all comes with growth and maturity.”

    hmmmmm

    • Bang

      I bet you hoping you on the album huh? I fuck with gunwalk though

  • Drilon_G

    Weezy my fav rapper and kobe my fav ball player shout out to the people who feel the same

    • Kobe doing work, he the greatest on the court and I’m the greatest on the verse.

      • Tune Up

        Kobe doin’ work, 2-4 on my shirt **

        • Weezy Da God

          He the best ever

    • Don_Hooper19

      Same

    • CV

      2-4 so nice my flow so mean, catch me at the game sittin next Goldstein Kobe Bryant nikes purple n gold strings Kobe in the game dunkin on the whole team. #BlackMamba #LakerNation #BestRapperAlive #CarterVSeason

  • THA FUCK

    HOW DA FUCK CAN YOU NOT REMEMBER YOU RECORDED KOBE BRYANT……THAT SONG WAS DOPE

    • I know thats fucked up.

    • JayHighAss

      When you record thousands of songs HighAssFuck ! You for get things my nigga !

      • Marley G

        Me and Tune got high as fuck last night

    • Time

      He’s probably forgot he recorded Gossip, I’m Me, Something You Forgot, and Pray To The Lord as well

      • Weezy Da God

        Or the future, break time, real rap, trouble, death wish, go getter, when they come for me, zoom, I’m raw, best rapper alive ect… Jk but probably a couple

    • smh

      Wayne likes to act dumb. He remembers

      • Weezy Da God

        Smh

  • fewcha

    good read

  • nfs444

    Thanks for posting about Daniel Tosh.

  • Wayne Chung lol.

  • thankful

  • Tune Up

    That font is fucking up my eyes.

    • Time

      What font?

      • Tune Up

        Of the interview text..

  • mortimerr2014

    carter v bouta be album of the century and shit

  • Tokologo Mosiane

    lets hope the album drops before the end of the year…

    • Falzy f.baby

      I can see by tha name dat u from south africa. N u a pedi

  • i aM NOt a hUMan

    “My friends call me Tune. You can call me Wayne, brah.” my dude a punk sometimes haha

    • Time

      He normally says “my bitches call me Tunechi but you can call me Tune”

  • Malik

    Really Wayne out of all athletes you would’ve chose junior seau, I’d never would’ve guessed that.

  • I don’t know what Wayne was doing at the time to kill his brain cells but you can’t forget about “Kobe” that song is one of the Lil’ Wayne classics

    • corbin wells

      he has about 1,000 classics tho…

      • Time

        1. He doesn’t have that many classics

        2. It doesnt matter, you should never forgot you recorded the Kobe Bryant song

        • ibfndwarfs

          Damn straight if u a kobe an a wayne fan u know kobe was on point back n the leather so soft dayz bro lol

    • wisewords

      and to mention he predicted Kobes statistics on a game on that song he had coming up at that time

    • Young Hitta

      Bruh you gotta understand this nigga records about 5 songs a day, and he be fucked up. If u look at Wayne in the studio that nigga be lookin like he about 5-seconds from fallin tf over and passing out. This nigga be high af and he records multiple songs a day so ofcourse he aint gonna remember every fuckin song he recorded, especially shit from 5-6 years ago that wasnt even on any of his albums so chill tf out, cut the nigga some slack.

  • Time

    C5 Season

  • 5*$tunna

    D6 No DraMa???

    • triggacity_813

      Why you say that?

      • Slateer

        Cause he over delayed D5

  • dwayne carter

    he may forget but I bet when the songs come on he know the words

  • savage813

    Dat nigga rememba dat shit

  • Young Hitta

    Danny wtf happened to Nino Brown Story 3?? I remember pre ordering my copy, they need to decide something.

  • Dope Shit

    I remember when wayne first dropped Kobe. I had that shit on repeat for days

  • Crack Dealer

    I’ve been bumpin IANAHB2 lately and honestly I feel bad, we dogged the fuck out that album smh. Looking back it was a pretty cool album.

    • Sherwyn Chichester

      Been too spoilt by wayne, we dont realise great songs any more

      • Young Hitta

        Wtf are u 5?!?!? God damn u cant spell for shit!!!!

    • jc_love

      Man what he killed the intro raf and love killed the radio and i think gun walk curtins and trippy kit where all dope ass songs

  • GO SPURS GO! WE GONE!

    If anybody on here lives in Los Angeles near or in Eastvale .. Go visit Kendrick Lamar .This crazy fool just bought him a regular ass house out there for half a mill .. And while everybody giving him props for spending wisely.. Their also preparing to stalk him

    • Shakira

      You complete idiot, you said you was going to leave this site now you’re back quicker than a boomerang, we just can’t get rid of you

      • GO SPURS GO! WE GONE!

        Some people wanted me back so I gave in. they missed my controversy

  • GO SPURS GO! WE GONE!

    Soulo .. These Days.. June 24th

  • MattyW

    What company makes weezys sweatshirt? Palm tree is dope.

  • The Future

    Carter V… coming soon!

    • Skenny

      Coming REAL soon!!

  • Sidney Sidro Mennis Jr.

    From 1996 to 2004 Allen Iverson was a better player than Kobe.

    • GO SPURS GO! WE GONE!

      Nah.. Go look on youtube what kobe did on road games in the playoffs.. Iverson had to put up 28 shots just get 30 points most of the time

      • Sidney Sidro Mennis Jr.

        Who Iverson had ,he was solo. Kobe is the 2nd best player in NBA history but the early years Iverson was better

  • Skenny

    I don’t know why I feel this..
    But I feel like something is about to come out 🙂
    #C5

  • FreeMind

    Mad ting that he forgot the Kobe track. Its one of his best post-Carter3 tunes!.. When he sticks to one topic he bodies it.

    VICTORY CONSISTENTLY, TRAIN ALL YEAR TO BE THE ENEMY’S MISERY

  • GO SPURS GO! WE GONE!

    Gudda gudda

  • GO SPURS GO! WE GONE!

    “Her brain is,off the chain and then my diamonds are in a choir because they sang from off my chain”

    Lmao smh.. fucking beast.. Idc if wayne trash now. His old shit makes up for it

    • FreeMind

      N my nina jus joined the gang because all she do is bangggg

    • Khosta

      lollipop remix

  • GO SPURS GO! WE GONE!

    Prostitute 2 still my shit. Forgot about this song

    • Khosta

      dude I think you are a lil wayne fan that is dying inside. you were either influenced by your friends or the people that hate on Lil Wayne on the internet to hate Wayne. Honestly I think you are pretending then you think he been sucking lately and that he is whack. forget about other people bro, stay loyal to your favourite rapper. Cuz I see you just wana act cool by being a wayne hater, and ever since you found this site you are slowly falling back to stop pretending. I think today you realised that you actually have the freedom to post that you like some lil wayne songs. You and I both know that not ANY rapper can touch his greatest works, yo know “outstanding, Mr Carter, Kobe Bryant, American Dream, Love me or hate me, Scarface, Heat, BM.jr, gossip, president carter, how to love, tie my hands, pray to the lord, Drought 3 intro, breaktime” etc… brah forget about Kendrick, yeah his a good rapper and all but who else can do it like wayne, I mean rapping like how he did on steady mobbin, rappin like he singin at first, then he drops a verse where he spits a line then do a cool lil laugh everytime a beat stops, and the punchlines, sounding like its all easy, who else does that man. “you cannot reach me on my samsung, I’m busy fuckin the world and giving the universe my damn tongue” lol who else says shit like that man I don’t see a reason why one wouldn’t like wayne honestly

      • GO SPURS GO! WE GONE!

        Lol.. . Idk about all that. I just celebrated with the Pussy Man himself bc last night I finally got the female I been trying to get for a minute.

  • GO SPURS GO! WE GONE!

    “foot up in yo bottom, haha damn I mean. Foot up in yo ass, I kicks that shit go head and put it in the trash”

    The way he delivered that was too damn smooth

    • blahhh

      So you liked the Carter 3?

      • GO SPURS GO! WE GONE!

        Been liked it.. Just forgot it’s,still a good album to listen to.. All his old stuff makes up for his trash now

  • GO SPURS GO! WE GONE!

    Yo career aint shit if Gudda Gudda not in it

  • martianspacedout

    Tha Carter 5 Album needs too be 2 CD double package Deluxe Edition can all real weezy fans tweet Lil Weezy F Baby Tunechi twitter page ask him speak up on dat y’all should keep hitting Wayne’s twitter page a lot more often let him know to get more features put on C5 Album artists like Bobby V Lloyd Chris Brown Juvenile Turk Trey Songz Fabolous Kidd Kidd Gudda Gudda Cory Gunz Nelly Meek Millz Jay Z Euro Birdman #1 Stunna Mack Maine Yo Gotti T.I. The Game B.O.B. Busta Rhymes and Jeezy Ricky rozay just more rappers and features on tha carter 5 $$$$$ Lol Young Mula Baaaabbbbbyyyyy$$$$

    • President Carter

      With all those features taking away time on songs that weezy could be spittin

    • YoungJT1092

      Dont forget Kanye, Mannie, and most importantly Juelz. Otherwise I like your taste for features.

  • Someone in hell to warn 2pac lil wayne .. is working hard to take the place of 2pac

  • CV

    When will the boondocks air the weezy episode??? Anyone know? I get my hopes up every Monday

  • JohnsonX

    Many people don’t know he did the 4th & inches He shouted out the whole saints team. It was much better then wiz Kahlifa song. But his management’s always dropping the ball on them hits.

  • Khosta

    Induction speech by Euro inspired Drake, Lil Wayne and Jay-z. Anyway how can he forget kobe bryant? that was one of his best songs ever

  • Weezy Da God

    Lmfao ya’ll suckaZ think he forgot about his home boys song he made

  • LuvTunechi

    Adorable n Real az My Babi Wayne alwayz been!!!! #MUAHZZZ