Lil Wayne held a book signing and meet-and-greet for the release of his new memoir Gone ‘Til November on Tuesday.
Following the signing, The New York Times sat down with Weezy, asking him questions about his book, the guest verses he’s done this year, and working with younger musicians. Surprisingly, when asked if he kept up with Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, and Kodak Black, he answered like he didn’t know who they were.
"I swear to God I didn’t know you were saying people’s names just now, so that should probably answer that question. I just do my own thing."
Later, the Times asked if Tha Carter V was finished, and Wayne confirmed the album was completed.
"It’s done, sitting and wrapped as is. I just listened to it for the first time in months the other day. I had forgotten every single word on it, because I work every day. I popped it in, and I was like, it’s still so much better than everything I’ve ever heard. Not what’s going on right now — everything I’ve ever heard."
Wayne also addressed his label frustration and retirement tweets, and the reaction they received from other artists, family, and fans. While he opened up about them on Skip Bayless' Undisputed and reconfirmed that he wasn't going to retire, he said,
"I’d be a liar to say it didn’t. People always say, 'How could not expect it?' But when I saw people giving a damn about what I’m going through, that made me think and obviously uplifted me. Sometimes what you’re going through takes you far away from what the reality is. It takes someone to remind you: Look this way and remember what’s over here. I never have bad days; I have bad moments."
In another interview with the Associated Press, Wayne addressed the criticisms he received for saying there’s “no such thing as racism,” expanding his thoughts by sharing a childhood story about when he accidentally shot himself in the chest at 12 years old. Wayne says his perspective is this way because a white police officer saved his life.
"Yeah, he was a cop, and my life was saved by a white man. I don't know what racism is. I know a good (expletive) named Uncle Bob, though." Wayne said.
He also said 'Uncle Bob' personally took him to the hospital and stayed with him until he recovered. You can read the rest of that story here.
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