Lil Wayne turned the big 3-1. Down in Miami, he took the festivities at LIV on Sunday and continued the celebration the next day during Mansion Mondays. Guests included Birdman, Mack Maine, Diddy, Ace Hood and more.
Katie Couric called Lil Wayne to join her for a conversation. During their talk, Katie reminisced about their 2010 interview and got straight to the questions. She addressed his recent seizures and what actually caused them in the first place, and why he had to stop drinking codeine altogether. Although he experienced episodes when he was younger, the doctors advised him to stop drinking or taking prescription pills, for the betterment of his health. To end the show, Lil Wayne talked about his kids and his plans for retirement at the ripe age of 35.
Lil Wayne released the video for “God Bless Amerika” on Monday night, a clip full of images of Wayne’s native Hollygrove, New Orleans. The community, still devastated by 2005′s Hurricane Katrina, serves as a poignant reminder of the failures of America’s government to rehabilitate impoverished communities that were damaged by the monstrous storm.
Mountain Dew has been distancing themselves from unwanted controversy. They recently pulled a commercial by Tyler, the Creator that some viewed as racist. Now, they’re dropping Lil Wayne from their roster for comparing the brutal murder of Emmett Till to rough sex on the song “Karate Chop.” The exact lyric goes “Pop a lot of pain pills, ’bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels … beat that p***y up like Emmett Till.” Wayne recently apologized to the Emmet Till family for his comment, but the Till family was not satisfied with his apology.
On his seizures: “The bad news is I’m an epileptic. I’m prone to seizures. This isn’t my first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh seizure. I’ve had a bunch of seizures, ya’ll just never hear about them. But this time it got real bad ’cause I had three of them in a row and on the third one, my heart rate went down to like 30 percent. Basically, I could’ve died, so that is why it was so serious.”
On the reason for his hospitalization: “But the reason being for the seizures is just plain stress, no rest, overworking myself. That’s just typical me though.”
On his past health issues: “I have people around me. I actually have [seizures] so much they already know what to do. They already know how to handle it. Certain times I don’t even go to the hospital, but this time, it was real bad because it was three in a row, and I’ve never had three back to back like that.
“The third one was so bad and I live in the hills in L.A. So the reason why it was bad was that I live all the way at the top, so you know how hard it is getting down those hills. That was what was so scary about it.”
On TMZ’s report that he nearly died: “That’s what they do. I can’t be upset at that. I get upset at my kids when they do things that I tell them not to do. I can’t be upset at TMZ for doing what they do. They gon’ probably come out tomorrow and say something else about somebody else that ain’t true. That’swhat they do. The truth isn’t good enough for them, so they gotta twist everything up.”
On his exclusion from MTV’s “Hottest MCs in the Game”: “I didn’t even check the top 10 list, but I’m glad I didn’t make it neither… I probably pissed some people off at MTV or something.”
The official Young Money site has posted the album’s 15-song list, and, unsurprisingly, there are lots of guests on the record (due out March 26).
Among the non-Weezy names are old pals like Drake, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz, and, of course, Big Sean on “My Homies Still.” But there are also some lesser-known up-and-comers, including YMCMB’s Gudda Gudda, Detail, and Boo (formerly of the rap duo Boo & Gotti).
And those aren’t the only guests, either. Check out the full I Am Not a Human II tracklist below:
2. Curtains feat. Boo
3. Days and Day feat. 2 Chainz
4. Gunwalk feat. Gudda Gudda
5. No Worries feat. Detail
6. Back to You
7. Trigger Finger feat. Soulja Boy
8. Beat the S–t feat. Gunplay
9. Rich as F–k feat. 2 Chainz
10. Trippy feat. Juicy J
11. Bitches Love Me feat. Drake
13. God Bless Amerika
14. My Homies Still feat. Big Sean
15. Lay It Down feat. Nicki Minaj