Lil Wayne really opened up during his latest interview.
In case you hadn’t already heard, Lil Wayne is slated to soon release his long-awaited album: Tha Carter V. The project will bring fans new music and a new insight into the artist behind it all.
One of Wayne’s more insightful tracks, according to Billboard‘s September cover of him, talks about him attempting suicide at a young age. The profile reveals that at the age of 12, Wayne found his mother’s gun and “shot himself in the chest, just missing his heart.”
At the time, the “Lollipop” artist claimed the shooting was an “accident,” later revealing the opposite. He now “admits this was a suicide attempt, undertaken after his mother told him he would no longer be allowed to rap,” Billboard reported.
“He just told me one day that he was ready to address it now,” Mack Maine, Young Money Entertainment’s president and Wayne’s friend, said per Billboard. “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.'”
“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.'”
This news comes after the lengthy battle between Birdman and Lil Wayne finally came to a close. After years of duking it out in the courtroom and a diss track or two, the two hip-hop moguls were ready to dismiss the case.
While the case took many turns and twist, the feud began over money. Wayne alleged that Birdman/Cash Money refused to pay him several million dollars he was owed, which in turn deprived the hip-hop world of Tha Carter V.
At the tail end of 2014, the rapper took to Twitter to tell fans and the media that his album was on hold because of circumstances out of his control. “I want off this label and nothing to do with these people but unfortunately it ain’t that easy,” he tweeted at the time, “I am a prisoner and so is my creativity.”