Lil Wayne appears in the June 9th World Cup Preview issue of ESPN Magazine with a brief article. Topics discussed: Kobe Bryant and Floyd Mayweather supporting Tha Carter V on social media, Donald Sterling, the idea behind Tha Carter V, his obsession with the Packers and more.
A few choice quotes can be read below with the entire interview available here.
On Kobe Bryant:
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. (SHAKE EDIT: He did.)
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 [on April 28]. It wasn’t planned or paid — I only went to the homeys as a favor for a friend.
“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.
On Floyd Mayweather:
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 [on April 30]. And it worked. That s— 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.
On Donald Sterling:
My thoughts on Donald Sterling are I have no thoughts about a man who doesn’t, or can’t, think.
On Tha Carter V:
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 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.
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