Lil Wayne not only graces the cover of GQ’s November 2011 “Music Issue”, alongside Eminem and the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards, but he also gives the popular magazine an in-depth interview covering a range of topics.
In the interview, which GQ ran on its website this week, the New Orleans rap star talks about a possible music retirement at 35, his plans after music, his the resentment he holds inside against his father, and his new found love for skateboarding.
Below are some excerpts. Head over to GQ.com to read the piece in its entirety.
On rap retirement: “I feel like I’ll be a new me, and how good is that? To actually be opening a brand new door of life at 35? That’d be awesome. Totally awesome. I’m looking forward to it.”
“Basically, I have been doing this for eighteen years. That’s reason number one. I have accomplished all that I have set out to accomplish and more. Also, I have a label, and I’ve only put out two artists [Drake and Nicki Minaj]. I have a lot more work to do, and it’d be selfish to not focus on being the boss and focus on their projects.”
On plans after musical retirement: “I can do this Lil Wayne thing, and my boys will be about 7 and 8 years old. And man, it’s all about them then. You know, whatever they’re doing. Sports. Whatever they’re into. That’s where I am. I’m at every game. I’m the dad with the hat on. The jersey. That’s me.”
On his time in jail: “It just helped me on my way, helped me with life. Cleared me up, cleaned me up, opened my eyes to things. I definitely thank God for that moment instead of looking at it as a problem or a bad situation. I needed it.”
On being drug-free: “I drank syrup and smoked a lotta weed. I wish I could be back on it. That’s how it f***ing feels. ‘How does it feel to be sober?’ I’ll be like, ‘It feels f***ed-up.’ What you want me to say? ‘It feels great’? No. I was on something that the doctor prescribed. I was ill, and that was helping me.”
On his love for skateboarding: “I’m still a kid, because unfortunately my childhood was raped away from me because I became a star, a rapper, or whatever you want to call it, and you can’t be a kid and a rapper at the same time. … So I was just watching TV, and I was like, ‘Yeah. I want to do that!’ And I called a guy and I said, ‘I want a ramp on my roof.’ I have a pretty big roof at home. So I put a ramp on the roof, and man, I’ve been skating ever since.”
On his relationship with his biological father: “He don’t give a sh** about me. And I don’t give a sh** about him. … I don’t want to look like his ass, but I do.”
On his love for tattoos: “I think somebody slipped something in my drink, like a drug that’ll make you get, like, a bunch of tattoos.”