Lil Wayne Reveals Childhood Suicide Attempt Of Shooting Himself in Track Off ‘Tha Carter V’

CREDIT: Ramona Rosales/Billboard Lil Wayne is finally opening up about one of the most hyped albums of all time, and the hip-hop star is addressing some of the most troubling times...
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CREDIT: Ramona Rosales/Billboard

Lil Wayne is finally opening up about one of the most hyped albums of all time, and the hip-hop star is addressing some of the most troubling times in his life.

Weezy sat down with Billboard for an in-depth discussion on the plans for his comeback, and life following his legal victory against Birdman and Cash Money.

He finally revealed that the long awaited album, Tha Carter V will be released this fall. As The Blast first reported, the settlement with Birdman required the album to be released. It will be the first album Weezy has ever dropped without a Cash Money affiliation.

During the interview, while he apparently smoked blunt after blunt, Wayne says he speaks with Birdman every day, and the two mostly talk about the Boston Red Sox.

Birdman also recently apologized to Wayne onstage, and clearly has been trying to repair his relationship with Weezy while he experiences his own financial turmoil.

He also played a track for the reporter at Billboard from the new album, and the rapper comes clean about an incident long ago when he tried to take his own life. Wayne explains that when he was 12, his mother told him he could no longer rap, so he found a gun and shot himself in the chest.

In the past, Weezy had described the noticeable bullet would as an “accident” but now he is admitting it was a suicide attempt. He also claims to have added lyrics to the track since the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain.

Tha Carter V sounds like it will live up to the hype.

When Lil Wayne was 12 years old, he took a firearm out of his mother’s purse and shot himself in the chest. In past years, the New Orleans native said the incident was an accident, but in Billboard’s latest cover story, the “Drop The World” rapper revealed it was a deliberate decision.

Wayne said his actions were fueled by the fact that his mother was adamant about him not becoming a rapper. Although Wayne has gone on record to describe his recollection of that moment, he decided it was time to share the truth which will be heard on his long-awaited Tha Carter V album.

The Young Money captain revealed the song will serve as the project’s outro, and samples Sampha’s melody, “Indecision.” Following the suicidal deaths of public figures like Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, Wayne penned additional lyrics to make it that more impactful, Billboard states.

“He just told me one day that he was ready to address it now,” Mack Maine, one of Wayne’s confidants and Young Money president, said. “Just being an adult, reaching a level of maturity and comfort where it’s like, ‘I want to talk about this because I know a lot of people out here might be going through that.’ “

Tha Carter V will also be Wayne’s first album to not feature the Cash Money logo on its cover. Given the lessons learned throughout his legal battle with the label and Birdman, Wayne shared that he has no ill will against the latter, “but my relationships with a lot of people have become different, just because of how different I work now.” A release date is still pending.

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