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Lil Wayne Covers XXL Magazine’s 2014 August Issue, Read Excerpts & View Pics From Photo Shoot

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Lil Wayne Covers XXL Magazine 2014 August Issue, Excerpts & Photo Shoot

Lil Wayne graces the front cover of XXL magazine’s new issue, which will be available on newsstands on August 12th.

During the cover story, Weezy spoke on his forthcoming Tha Carter V project, his Tha Carter album series, authenticity in hip-hop, Prince being his musical influence, signing Drake and Nicki Minaj to his Young Money Entertainment record label, and more.

You can read a few excerpts from the interview below, as well as view eight pictures from the photo shoot that were captured by Atiba Jefferson!

“I was feeling the success of Tha Carter I. I felt like people wanted to hear me. I was amped to do that, but then Tha Carter III? I don’t know what happened. It was amazing. And then Tha Carter IV was just unexplainable, and now this one here, there’s no words. I just hope everyone likes it.”

“I’m always feeling like I ain’t done shit. I’m still nervous about Tha Carter V… I’m confident about what I do, but I’m still nervous about what people think.

“I know I’m authentic because I’m 35 million years in the game. I don’t know where the authenticity is in the game anymore. Today everyone sounds alike, they looking alike, they acting alike, they dressing alike. I came out when everybody was super different. You had an ODB. You had a Busta Rhymes and then you had a 2Pac. You had a Biggie. And everybody was different. Biggie was talking about Mob and Mafia shit. 2Pac was wylin’, talking about West Coast this and that. You had niggas like Meth and Red talking about how high they got and making people laugh. And then now, you got them, them. You got the categories and then everyone falls under it.”

“It was the way he pronounced words and the way he used his voice. It was like if he was playing with a baby. You know if he was playing with a kid. [Imitates a baby cooing] It was the way that he was exploring it. He wasn’t doing it because it was funny. He was doing it because he could make it sound good and exceptional. I realized that I could do that too. He wasn’t afraid of how he sounded because he knew what he was saying and how he was saying it would always sound good.”

“Call me old-fashioned and country, but with Drake, that was the first time I’d seen someone that knew how to sing and rap. That’s all it was. I didn’t know nobody who knew how to do that. You had those old school singing niggas, where people would do a little eight-bar verse on their songs. But [Drake] was spitting and singing and killing that too. It took a while though. It wasn’t until I heard him spitting on one of my beats when I was like, ‘This fool’s retarded.’ When I hear something that I know I can’t do better? That’s when I’m like, ‘They need to be on the team.’”

“I wanted a female. Every team needs a female to rep your gang. She was annihilating niggas. I mean males. I was like, ‘I have to beef my shit up on that muthafucka.’ She just knocked it out the park from day one. She’s just Nicki. I don’t know whose idea it was, but it was a good idea.”

Lil Wayne Covers XXL Magazine 2014 August Issue, Excerpts & Photo Shoot

Lil Wayne Covers XXL Magazine 2014 August Issue, Excerpts & Photo Shoot

Lil Wayne Covers XXL Magazine 2014 August Issue, Excerpts & Photo Shoot

Lil Wayne Covers XXL Magazine 2014 August Issue, Excerpts & Photo Shoot

Lil Wayne Covers XXL Magazine 2014 August Issue, Excerpts & Photo Shoot

Lil Wayne Covers XXL Magazine 2014 August Issue, Excerpts & Photo Shoot

Lil Wayne Covers XXL Magazine 2014 August Issue, Excerpts & Photo Shoot

Lil Wayne Covers XXL Magazine 2014 August Issue, Excerpts & Photo Shoot

Photo credit: Atiba Jefferson

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  • Mauli

    Dope pics!!

    • Need them bigger.

      • Skenny

        Try googling them tomorrow so you make sure you get them bigger

  • Mike

    Sick but when will it drop

    • Giraffe Boy

      he doesnt even know himself

      • Mike

        Yeah i saw the ww ep

  • Time

    Wayne covers XXL all the time

  • Giraffe Boy

    After today’s Weezy Wednesdays…..

    • NFS444

      Lil Wayne nervous… Meaning he cares about what other people think??????? WHAT THE FUCK HAPPENED!!!?

      • Skenny

        Come on bro ..
        He just hoping to make C5 better than C3
        And he just wanted to make sure of that
        He doesn’t want to make C5 a bunch of a disappointment!

        • nfs444

          He made C3 not giving a fuck about what other people think… Honestly it’s a good thing @Danny M he can quote me on that.

          To all you fucktards who are going to disagree, watch the Carter Documentary

      • corbin wells

        cause all his shit since IANAHB I has been called trash. he just wants t make us happy this time is my guess.

  • need new music

    carter five needs to drop this year






    • fewcha

      he does need glasses but yea thats a pause

    • yes… he surely is




  • swagless

    Trukfit be wack clothes

    • Emmanuel Kesse

      Exept the T’s

  • fewcha

    so basically we still don’t get any more news that we don’t already know on carter 5…..

  • David D

    oh no he is aging lol
    or he looks really tired in the pictures

    • dave


  • King Weezy F

    “Nothing left to prove” That’s right. ‘Ain’t got nothing left to prove unless I got to prove it in court.

    • corbin wells

      he could prove he is still a good rapper. he hasn’t done that since 09,

      • nfs444

        fuck you retard IANAHB and C4 rape yer face

        • DuffleBagBoy

          IANAHB 2 was horrible, if your a real wayne fan like you act then you should know this.

          • nfs444

            I was reffering to the first 1 ass clown

          • Me personaly i like that Album.Every song is catchy every song u can play.U can’t tell me dat trina and wayne jawn not.If u say its not u fraudn.

          • Khosta

            so what if we enjoyed IANAHB2?????

        • Emmanuel Kesse

          Nigga stop dick ridin and admite that wayne didn’t do quite well since c3… True fans like us know when Wayne doesn’t do well… But niggas like you hop on his dick when ever he does something

          • nfs444

            I will be the first one to admit Dedication 4 and 5 sucked ass. There, happy? I did like We Are YM, Rebirth, IANAHB1, C4, and kinda IANAHB2. LAWLZ

        • scottyknows

          No Ceilings…

        • YMCorey

          IANAHB2 wasn’t good the first one was sub par.. C4 was 8/10

          • I Am Not A Human Being II is life.

            • YMCorey

              I can tell you started listening to wayne in 2008

              • thats scary who are you and why do you know that?? wtf

                • YMCorey

                  Lol I’m just me.. & I know that because people who know Wayne’s music from when he first started knows that album wasn’t good.. I could tell

                • can u please tell me what exactly it is about his older style that u appreciate more? im so lost when it comes to this lol… freal tho im interested i wanna get to know more about it bcz i see so many ppl write they miss his old style and flow.. and i honestly have no idea wut theyre talking about! i just dont like I am not a human being bcz i dont like the shit with drake lol. but im single is kinda hot..

                • YMCorey

                  Just go listen to tha carter 2 & the carter.. Listen to dedication 2.. And compare it to I am not a human being 2 and all that new stuff

                • i surely will , thank u

              • i dont like i am not a human being tho. but i am not a human being II is perfection in every way..


    he’s getting old man haha

    • bryce

      how is that funny? wtf he supposed to do? turn into Benjamin button?

      • JayHighAss

        He doesn’t think people gets old

    • Simone12

      he’s only 31

      • Micah Henson

        Close to 32 man. 9/27/82


    he looks old in the cover pic

    • JayHighAss

      Duh he’s getting older !

  • Lefteris

    I like the cover, but if he could stop wearing those stupid ass clothes… smh

    • dave

      They seems “stupid ass” now, but watch in a year or two all the newschool are gonna be copying what Wayne’s wearing like they all do now for what he wore in 07-10

      • Lefteris

        That’s the problem! Weezy ain’t no “new school”. He’s been rapping from the 1990’s. He is a rapper and he should look like one! He should wear a white T and baggy jeans! Simple as that! Not that “colourful-swag-dumb-leafy-ass-pants” type of shit! No homo my complain may sound stupid but I dont like seeing Weezy, in every video, dressed like a fucking lollipop commercial!

        • dave

          Yeah its not the best but i mean hes trying to stay different.

        • weezyfan

          Its all promotion bro, whatever trukfit are trying to sell on their new collection wayne gotta wear to make the business keep going and advance to the next level.

        • wayne has his own personality tho wtf.. that would be sooo boring , rap doesnt have a dress code

          • Lefteris

            Of course it has! Or it used to… If there wasnt any dress code, we couldnt recognize rappers… They would all dress like fucking popstars! Come on now… When you are a rapper you should also look like one! Your appearance, your music, even the way you talk is “rapper-ish”! Thats why almost every rapper has tattoos on their body! People should see you and respect you! When I see the 32-year-old Wayne, in those clothes, I think about 12 year old kids!

            • tbr wayne act 18 tho.. then again who wouldnt when they that rich they dont have to worry about $-xt .. i really think he act younger every year. + hes the only man in the WORLD that is hot wearing the crazy stuff he does. so he must flaunt his good looks… in every way he can

  • [Original] Gudda Gudda

    1 word = legend

  • Jon Royal

    Dope. I got the last xxl magazine he covered on.

  • Lageon

    Its not too late to drop a song or feature before the month ends

  • Linoh Locc

    Weezy Tha King ! . Nothing Leff To Prove . #CV #D.O.A

  • Linoh Locc

    Wheres dat @T.D.E niggah at ? Lmfao !!

  • wayne baby u will do FINE! ur soooooo talented, trust me i really get you!

    <3 xxxxxxxxxx love your voice baby just be yourself and go hard i believe in you


    It’s about time he makes it known!
    …..I mean the man has done EVERYTHING and worked with EVERYONE, this nigga even made a ROCK ALBUM and still went platinum lmfaoo

  • Swag

  • AWill12

    Wayne don’t have to prove anything but deep down he knows he has to prove it to people that he’s still that nigga. Because he seen and heard pple criticism and he knows past few years he’s been bullshittin. I ain’t never seen Wayne this much in the studio now since back in 07-09 when he was just a studio junky. He’s getting that passion again that we haven’t seen in a while. Carter 5 going to be a classic.

  • Weezy F.

    i think lil wayne know if Carter V is not a classic or atleast decent he will always be that rapper that everybody use 2 love becuz notice in the article he said hes nervous. This is why u see him in the studio every photo mostly he wanna go down as the GOAT , even if Carter V not as Good as i hope it to be ima still be proud to say ima fan and always will be ..

  • Yay

    Krazy video coming in 2030

  • Weezy F.

    I also notice how the buzz have went down if i was cortez i would have dropped the album around the time they was dropping the freestyles , i know that the tour is around the corner but if Wayne and cortez is worried about sales it wouldnt be right to drop it now the buzz is gone now he have to either drop DOA as a mixtape or drop D6 as a tool to hype C5 again because if thats the reason C5 not out because of promotion and buzz cortez is a very bad manager because the smart thing to do was to drop C% around the time the believe me , dusse, was out because people was ready to see what was going to happen next then go on tour promote CV then after tour or whatever drop D6. Then work on another album while D6 out then drop another album … That would have been a smart move Cortez is wack AF. !

  • triggacity_813

    I bet c5 coming out next year but we getting a moxtape very soon

  • CMB_

    That last picture is for tha carter v, in tha carter iv booklet he did the same pose buy threw up four fingers instead

    • nfs444

      Except in Tha C4 booklet he didn’t look like a fucking banana picker LAWLZ

      • CMB_


  • Hussain_TMT

    Seems like so many people don’t appreciate Wayne and what he’s done in the game, who else you know with a work ethic like his. I guess they won’t realise his worth till he’s left the game

  • BJ

    I just wanna hear some new Lil Wayne music, mix tape, a new single or something !!

  • Guest

    Weezy then vs. now

    • Khosta

      nigga looks the same

    • blahhh

      Lol you would’ve though you was about to show a drastic change only difference is tattoos and dreads

      • nfs444

        that change looks pretty drastic to me… He’s way older, different skin tone, tats, hair. etc

        • blahhh

          My nigga he looks the same he’s just older getting older isn’t a drastic change…even that nose thing y’all was talking about is the same

      • HahaAAAA damn that was a good ass joke T_T lol

      • Khosta


  • Olin Salter

    Wayne don’t need to prove nothing he the best, I see y’all on his website gtfo

  • Ascendence

    all that lint up his dreads, damn

  • Eshall Flawless

    So friggin awesome! Need to find this mag ASAP, Lil Wayne gives such great interviews.

  • Christian

    It’s weird. It’s like the small period of CV Season got all the media hype and it seems he’s showing up more, but now there’s barely any C5 news. The tour could be part of the exposure too, but with this little C5 promotion, maybe he doesn’t want C5 to do that well? Sounds weird, but if he honestly wants to retire or at least calm down from rap, maybe he don’t care about promotion because he know his realest fans will pick it up, but it won’t be enough for another solo album.

    Or maybe he just honestly dgaf, lol. Yeah, it’s def the 2nd.

  • Khosta

    dope news

  • Sfundo Gumede

    @Khosta ngseDurban bra wena hlala kephi

    • Khosta

      Durban bro, in Umlazi you?

  • dd

    Wayne looks rough as hell. Wow. He has aged so much in the last few years. You can see he hasnt slept it looks like in 6 months….or ate. Idk maybe just an off day or maybe hes stressed to the max…

  • Logan

    Y’all think this the August edition wayne said August C5 this month

  • YMCorey

    Wayne contradicts himself too much.. Every year he has a new musical influence..

  • Kristi henehan

    Well,well I see 2014 made you see life ain’t all what you thought!! Nobody could ever predict the future!! What matters is were your heart and who you have to share it with!! Just keep an open mind of the consequences!! Much love for reconzing me maybe one day!!!

  • Anti

    I don’t care if he doesn’t have anything left to prove he better drop Carter 5

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  • KheyKheyLuvTunechi

    My Boo Weezy♡♡♡♡♡ I saw this in Sheetz da otha week! ;+}}}