XXL August/September issue - Lil Wayne

As he gears up for his anticipated Tha Carter V album, Lil Wayne lands on the cover of XXL’s August/September issue.

In the cover story, the rap star talks about authenticity in hip-hop, explaining that while he knows he authentic, it’s hard for him to see it in rappers today.

“I know I’m authentic because I’m 35 million years in the game,” Lil Wayne says. “I don’t know where the authenticity is in the game anymore. Today everyone sounds alike, they looking alike, they acting alike, they dressing alike.

“I came out when everybody was super different,” he continued. “You had an O.D.B. You had a Busta Rhymes and then you had a Tupac. You had a Biggie. And everybody was different. Biggie was talking about Mob and Mafia shit. 2Pac was wylin’, talking about West Coast this and that. You had niggas like Meth and Red talking about how high they got and making people laugh. And then now, you got them, them. You got the categories and then everyone falls under it.”

As far as his Carter V album, Weezy says that while he remains confident in his ability to create quality music, he’s still got jitters.

“I’m always feeling like I ain’t done sh*t,” he says. “I’m still nervous about Tha Carter V… I’m confident about what I do, but I’m still nervous about what people think.”

The new issue of XXL hits newsstands August 12.