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Lil Wayne Talks Googling His Own Lyrics, Wheezy’s Producer Tag, Nicki Minaj Memories & Teases “Tha Carter VI”

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Lil Wayne Talks Googling His Own Lyrics, Wheezy Producer Tag, Nicki Minaj Memories & Teases Tha Carter 6

Lil Wayne recently chopped it up with Variety to talk all about his “Young Money Radio” show, the aim for it, and if he enjoys being a radio host.

During their interview, Weezy also spoke about how he is adapting to life during the COVID-19 pandemic, having a platform to speak out on racism, Googling his own lyrics, thinking Wheezy‘s producer tag was Future shouting him out, Betty Wright‘s influence on him, rolling his own weed, one of his favorite memories with Nicki Minaj being from the “High School” video shoot, and much more.

You can read the full conversation between Tunechi and Variety after the jump below. He even teased a Tha Carter VI album by replying with “the next one” when asked what his “favorite Carter” project is!

Young Money Radio started in quarantine, what made you think of the idea and how did you go about getting the ball rolling?
The radio station was already an idea before quarantine. We’d already had Nik do it [via Nicki Minaj’s Queen Radio] so we knew it was something I’d maybe be interested in.

What does it mean to be able to have a platform to speak out on racism and the recent incident with George Floyd? Who do you think you’re reaching?
It means a lot to [me] to have such a platform, but the unique fact of it is how meaningful it can be for others. You never know who you’re reaching, so you reach for the stars and hope whoever you’re reaching can do the same.

What challenges have you experienced in putting the show together?
There hasn’t been any true challenges with putting the show together thanks to Mack, Rick, Matt, Manny and the Apple team! They prepare the same way every week and they make it a walk-thru for me.

We heard they literally went inside your home in Miami and set up all the equipment. Can you walk us through that process?
They’ve set everything up in my studio/skatepark, basically my heaven! They did all that without me, but for me. They set it up and break it down right there in the studio and it couldn’t be more comfortable, which plays a huge part in the fact that I’ve NEVER done this before.

You’ve had some major donations, what does it mean to give back during this time?
I thank God for my blessings everyday, it’s a blessing to simply be able to give back. I also thank and applaud all those who have.

Eminem came on, matched and donated another $250,000. What was your reaction?
I wasn’t surprised at all by Em’s donation because I’ve known him forever and it’s simply a part of who he is. He’s a guy who lives for those around him to live better and his donation speaks volumes to that fact. We are bros.

Eminem said you guys have to go on the internet to look up your own songs. That’s epic. What songs did you have to look up?
I ALWAYS have to go to the internet for my lyrics. ALWAYS!! For songs you wouldn’t believe. It’s been everything from ”6 Foot 7 Foot” all the way to “How To Love”!! I’m just forgetful.

How’s your relationship with DJ T. Lewis evolved over the years? Would you guys handpick the songs together or was that more him?
DJ T. Lewis has been around for a while now so he’s fam. The onstage chemistry is always on point and on the show, it’s no different. And Lew picks all the songs!

Reaching two million listeners was a major milestone. At this point of your career, do you care about numbers?
Numbers are always important to me because they simply don’t lie. I personally thank everyone that tunes in!

Can you talk about that hilarious story of how you thought Wheezy’s producer tag was Future shouting you out?
When I first heard the “Wheezy outta here” drop said by Hendrix, I thought it was the homie shouting me out until I heard it on a zillion songs. I had to ask myself, “Who da hell you think you is for this man to be shouting u out and you ain’t even on the song?!” I love Wheezy’s s–t though.

You recently paid tribute to soul singer Betty Wright, who died in May. Did she have a big influence on you? How did you first become a fan?
Ms. Betty was like a mom. I became a fan as a kid because my mom would listen to her s–t loud as f–k in the crib while she’d be getting dressed. What stuck out was the talking on the records that Ms. B would so famously do. Another interesting and consistent fact about it all is that whoever played her songs knew every word of the talking part! As a kid, you’d have to sit there and have them try to act like Ms. B and talk to you like that. It obviously stuck with me. I met her when I moved to Miami, she was nothing but a mother ever since. Not only to me but my friends and my daughter as well. She’s more than missed by myself and a world of others. I have a lot to thank her for but I thank her most for my musical confidence! I can do anything.

Do you like rolling your own weed? How much do you smoke in a day?
I roll alllllll my own shit and I don’t count.

You had guests from Kevin Durant to Shaq to Nav, did you prepare at all or did you wing it?
I don’t always have much time to prepare for the guests on the show but it varies throughout the week. So yes, I guess I wing it. But I thank EVERY SINGLE ONE of the guests. Every guest was special, they all meant a lot to me. A whole lot. The simple willingness and time is highly respected by me. I’ll forever be grateful to them for that.

What’s a typical day for you during COVID and in quarantine?
A typical day for me is the same it was before quarantine: a day full of productivity in every way possible. I wake, I thank, I think, I eat a lot of steak, I work till I can’t anymore, and I sleep then repeat. I choose product over pride and pray for my prey. Amen.

I ask every Lil Wayne fan this question and curious to hear your thoughts: what’s your favorite Carter?
My favorite Carter album is the next one.

We all know you have a great relationship with Nicki Minaj. Can you bring us back to one of your wildest memories with the Barbie in the Young Money days?
I have a lifetime of memories with the beautiful Barbie! It’s too many to pull from but the funniest one is when we shot a video for one of her songs and I had to be the guy in bed with her!! Tooooooo difficult! All dat azz on a n*gga ain’t a game, Jesus. She made it easy though, she’s a doll forever. I love her for real.

How far do you want to take Young Money Radio? Do you enjoy being a radio host?
I’d love to take YM Radio as far as it can possibly go because I truly didn’t expect it to be so satisfying for the consumer and that’s always first. I damn sure didn’t think I’d enjoy the whole hosting thing but I’m having a blast with it. I also like helping get my guests’ opinions across on whatever the case may be. I know that they know it’s all love with me.

Picture credit: Finesse Levine.

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  • Goat Tamer

    Interesting interview

  • K9OUSSAY
    • Raz!

      who dat

      • Giraffe Boy

        issa trans

        • Jake Sharma #FreeJuelz🐯

          it’s dhea goofie

      • K9OUSSAY

        Dhea lol

        • Patrick H

          Thats Dhea, wow?

          • K9OUSSAY

            @theonlydheasodano

  • Raz!

    they could of asked him more about new music or carter 6

  • Best

    So Carter 6 is on the way

    • Giraffe Boy

      lets be real its not

      • Best

        Yeah you may be right

  • FoFoBullDogg

    Do we really need a Carter 6?

    • Wattblt 🚫🧢

      Yea cause that’s the only album that’s gone sale

      • FoFoBullDogg

        I don’t think the numbers are gonna be high… Heck, I’ll be surprised if he sells half of what C5 did first week

        • Jb

          I bet they would be as long as the album is good. The Carter series is what he’s known for and I bet people would atleast check it out.

    • Goat Tamer

      I think Wayne knows that a carter album is more than just an album so if he actually is preparing “Tha Carter VI” I think it’s going to be a well structured and dope album.. Especially since he won’t have legal issues like the 5th one

      • FoFoBullDogg

        I’m more concerned about the quality aspects… If funeral is any indication of what its gonna be like, I’ll pass

        • Goat Tamer

          Ok I get you.. I guess we’ll have to wait and see if future Wayne projects are different quality wise

    • Jb

      yes as long as not trash we need the Carter vi. Would be nice to get a Carter album that doesn’t have all the bullshit go down that happened with c5 along the way

    • Giraffe Boy

      yea

    • Jake Sharma #FreeJuelz🐯

      No, C5 was a satisfying ending in terms of meaning

      • FoFoBullDogg

        Faxx

    • Tha Martian 👑

      No. C5 was the perfect end. Ill take IANAHB 3 next

      • FoFoBullDogg

        Now that is something I’d like to see happen

    • Nijee

      No Carter V was perfect ending to the series he should release IANAHB 3, Velvet or new album series next

      • Per Arne

        A lot of people would disagree with me but i would love a new rock project.

        • Nijee

          Rebirth 2 would be great but i don’t think Wayne is in his Rock phase right now

          • Per Arne

            You’re completely right

    • WHY NOT

  • Wattblt 🚫🧢

    🧢 nigga just talking

  • Giraffe Boy

    carter 6 never dropping lets be real

    • No shit

    • Goat Tamer

      Even if it is I doubt he’s already working on it

      • Patrick H

        Yea its probably finished.

  • Yall niggas act like lady cops

  • K9OUSSAY

    Just watched young money radio x 50 cent lool he be speaking for an hour, Wayne ain’t got a chance to ask something 😂

    • Patrick H

      He wouldnt stfu hah.

  • Lmao nigga said I’m making lump sums, oatmeal😂🔥🔥🔥 Wayne creative af

    • LMAO

      You could of said any other lyric like you know.. one that flies over people heads for years.. but you quote that trash ass lyric like its actually good..

  • Patrick H

    “I just hope to be alive to see a Carter 6”

  • Smartest things for Wayne to rn would be to take all the leaks from like 08- now package it up and drop it like Drake did with the Care Package shit. Gives him more time to work on a real album while giving fans what they want to hear

    • LMAO

      Prob one of the smartest things somebody recommended on here

  • I got them yellow Xanax, I slipped(sleeped) on a banana pill(peel)

  • D4 Wayne the hardest imo

    • UNDERRATED TAPE

    • Time

      Burn >>

    • WeezyDaGoat

      Stop

  • FINALLY WAYNE DOES AN INTERVIEW

  • TrukFitNANCY

    Funeral just entered apple’s Top 200 at 198, interesting lets see if it climbs down

  • carter 6 should be unreleased joints from every carter albun so it feels like a timeline of growth

    • Per Arne

      That would be dope as fuck!

    • alex

      And we all know… he unreleased tracks, especially these last five or so years are always better then the ones we get

    • David D

      Good idea

  • Time

    Since Danny posted this all the blogs have picked up on it and are using Tha Carter 6 clickbait headlines.

    • Nijee

      Because People would be interested in Carter Album more than any other project Wayne would release because of what that series means to Hip-Hop

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  • ReGuarlyiiRReGular

    I forgot how good pick up your heart is. I kind of slept on it back in the day

    • The new one even harder

      • Tweak

        New one???

    • David D

      Smh

      I never slept on it

    • Marcus Zob Jones

      best song ive heard in a while. I wish the whole album was that vibe. I made this one girl who was a die hard kendrick and TDE fan love him and respect his craft after hearing that song. Like wayne touches you diff sometimes man

  • Crip Curry

    About to upload the Glory music video with the original song, will post a link soon

  • King Slime Thugger

    Lmao 🧢🧢🧢🧢🧢

  • Crip Curry

    Here’s the Glory video with the original song: https ://youtu. be/8LNJujv8qoc

    • K9OUSSAY

      Cool but YouTube system will take it down homie

  • TrukFitNANCY

    Funeral Jumped from 198 to 195 on Apple music Top 200, FWA at 16 and Skateboard Weezy at 97 was at 98 earlier.

    • RktDaKid

      Skateboard Weezy Hard Low-key Lol

      • TrukFitNANCY

        dead ass i be skating to it

  • YungJackBauer

    Wiki me bish

  • DrizzyF

    FUCK LIL BRICK

    • YungJackBauer

      Why

  • JT

    Ya’ll need to take the time to go thru all the accumulated snippets on @weezy_snippetts page… but definitely check the one from Apr. 14th where they previewed the Brad Pitt song we never got off OGC5, that shit really go dumb! Sad that we still have yet to hear the whole tracklist, but thats what makes it great, OGC5 got content for daysss boi

  • Wattblt 🚫🧢

    Outlets already thinking wayne meaning C6 on the way 😂😂😂they gone be upset when Wayne drops velvet

    • 😂😂😂

    • Tha Martian 👑

      Or nothing at all

      • Wattblt 🚫🧢

        Ion think we getting anything neither

    • David D

      They all copied lilwaynehq

      This interview came out the other day but as soon as Danny posted it today they all copied

  • Yeah yeah yeah yeah we paid

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  • JT

    Like this if you’ll support C6 if Wayne were to put the 2nd Life of Mr. Carter version on there. Cuz if he did… I’ll stand by it.🏆

  • A.

    da barter 6 is already out

  • That 50 cent and Wayne YM radio interview is hilarious

  • Tuned #Umar

    I CAN’T NEVER FORGET WHEN I WAS STARVING THAT SHIT MADE ME SICK

    • Wattblt 🚫🧢

      C6 bro 😂😂😂😂

      • Tuned #Umar

        Never coming

  • David D

    New post

  • Just Chilling

    Weezy Wednesday over young money radio anyday

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  • Marcus Zob Jones

    bro why does wayne interview sound like he responds in bars