Lil Wayne is an open book! Or at least he is when it comes to his time in prison some six years ago. The oft reclusive rapper sat down with HipHollywood to discuss his new prison memoir, Gone Til November: A Journal of Rikers Island, on shelves now, and also opened up about his future in the rap game, given his lawsuit and feud with Cash Money head honcho Birdman.
“It wasn’t my idea to release it, it was my homie’s idea,” explained the 34-year-old MC of his 100-plus-page manuscript. “I was just doing it to have something to look forward to, to get through my day.”
In it, Wayne recounts his daily routine as an inmate at Rikers Island Correctional Facility, including prayer, writing in his journal (which became the foundation for the book), and serving as the prison’s suicide prevention aide.
The time, according to him, helped make him a stronger person, and perhaps is what is helping him get through his recent legal dispute over royalties with his former mentor Birdman.
“Even if I don’t see a light at the end of the tunnel, if you are a fan of mine, go ahead and get behind me, and know that if there’s a wall, Imma bust that b–ch down, and guess what? There’s a lot of light on the other side.”
Wayne also clarified a tweet he wrote a few weeks ago that had many of his fans wondering if he was retiring. He told us he has no plans leaving the rap game anytime soon. “I was saying I was retiring from using certain beats,” said Wayne through a cloud of smoke. “There were these certain beats we were using; I’m retiring from them b–ches, dem b–ches stank.”
And, as for if he and Birdman, who he once identified as a father, will ever be friends or even family again, Weezy had this to say: “His last name isn’t Carter; he isn’t family.”
Well, we guess that’s a no. Check out the full interview above.
Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves
To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.
But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.
“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”
In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.
When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”
Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”
Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday.
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