Lil Wayne recently appeared on ESPN anchor Cari Champion’s podcast “Be Honest” where he discussed his long rap career, his recent Lil Weezyana Fest, thoughts on N.W.A., his first call from Jay Z and early conversations with Drake.
On Lil Weezyana Fest:
It was an awesome concert. It was the 10th year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, everyone knows. It was a concert I did, and every dollar went to support Hurricane Katrina. I brought out every era of New Orleans music that lead up to me and my music. It was incredible to bring those people out and be the last man standing with the microphone.
On listening to N.W.A. in New Orleans:
At the time that N.W.A. was out. If you’re from New Orleans, to listen to N.W.A., you had to literally be a different person… I did though, because I was a big Eazy-E fan… I had a homie. His name was Big Jerry, and he lived across the street from me, and he didn’t go to school, and my mama hated that I hung with him because he didn’t go to school… He was the only person that would let me listen to N.W.A. and Geto Boyz… That’s how unique it was to listen to any music other than New Orleans music. I can pinpoint my friend that let me listen to N.W.A.
On his first phone call with Jay Z:
At that moment, my mama couldn’t tell me nothing…. Other people may say you’ve done a bunch of other stuff that should have made you feel solidified, but that phone call right there was serious to me. I remember exactly where I was, I remember telling everybody in the garage to shut up [laughs]. I was in my house in New Orleans. It was my second house on my own… We were all shooting pool in my garage… I got a phone call letting me know — Jay Z is about to call you. So I told everybody to be quiet… Like bro, be quiet… Like you shot a gun in the air [laughs]… All he really said is “Sup, lil homie. I see you. Just wanted to let you know, I see you.”
On his first advice to Drake:
I was the one to tell him; don’t change anything. Don’t think ’cause you’re coming over here by me that you gotta rap about the things I rap about… Please rap about your little TV show… rap about girls, ’cause that’s what you’re good at… Don’t start singing about killin’ nobody [laughs]. Don’t start singing about the streets. Keep it Canadian [laughs].
On whether or not he thinks he’s better than Drake:
Man, I’d annihilate that guy [laughs]… I was trying to keep it Canadian, but you got me with that one.
Listen to the full podcast below.