As fans become more and more restless about the release of Lil Wayne’s long overdue album, Tha Carter III he took time out of touring, recording and doing interviews to visit his old school in New Orleans on Tuesday (February 19) to chop it up with the kids.
According to MTV, during his time at Eleanor McMain Secondary School, he answered questions from an art class filled with juniors and seniors. He originally went there to thank them for a picture of fleur-di-lis (the New Orleans’ Saints logo) they made for him, which he told MTV he plans to use as a backdrop for his shows, and it turned into a Q&A session with the kids.
As a kid attending the school, he was in the band, he told MTVNews.com, and that’s where he met his manager, Cortez Bryant, who was also present on Tuesday for Weezy’s appearance at the school.
The rapper explained that his stop at the school gave students hope… that they can too make something out of their lives.
“Coming back to speak to them is super-important,” Wayne told MTV after the visit. “It was my school. I went to that school. I attended that school. It shows them somebody from there made it. It makes them feel like you can do it. That right there was so important. I see it in their eyes, like, ‘We can do something.’ Not just doing what I’m doing, but, ‘We can be successful.’ ”
While answering questions for students, Weezy discussed topics such as dreaming that one day in the future he and his daughter will be how Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus are today, how his mother was a big part of him growing — and get this, was even asked on a date to the school’s prom on April 19.
Weezy, however, politely declined the young girl’s request, explaining that he’d be “out of the country then.”
In addition to visits to local schools, Wayne is very much involved in his old stomping grounds. He is also involved in a restoration project in Harrell Park, where he played football as a kid. After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, FEMA gutted the park to make room for trailers. Weezy’s plans include putting up the funds for indoor basketball courts and indoor pools.
On the music side of things, MTV reports that the rapper is knee deep in tracks for his forthcoming album, and although he has enough material for 10 albums, he’s still trying to narrow it down for Tha Carter III.
So far, they say that Hurricane Chris, Jay-Z, Corey Gunz, Lil Mama, Busta Rhymes, Juelz Santana, Fabolous, and Baby, will be featured guests, as well as Ludacris who’s got a duet with Wayne called “Eat You Alive.” Production duties? That will be handled by Alchemist, Swizz Beatz, Cool & Dre, and Kanye West, among others.
Currently, the first single is set to be a song called “A Millie,” while the follow-up single is expected to be “Lollipop,” a track for the ladies.