Despite never growing up to the point that he ditched the “Lil” part of his name, rapper Lil Wayne says that he’s ready to call it a career and embark on the retirement phase of his life.
(Insert jokes about Lil Wayne’s recent musical offerings being so bad that it feels like he retired years ago.)
“I know ya’ll want me around for a little bit and Carter V is my last album,” Wayne revealed in a recent interview with MTV.
Don’t expect Weezy to kick back on a beach for the rest of his life, though. He says his passion for skateboarding has now surpassed his passion for music, and he wants to stop making music so he can focus on improving his skate game.
So, in other words, Wayne’s going to pull some Michael Jordan-playing-baseball stuff and ditch the thing he’s good at (or at least was good at), go do something he’s not very good at for a few years and then triumphantly return to the thing that made him famous.
It’s probably not a bad idea, to be honest. After Wayne got sent to the slammer (and then to solitary confinement) on gun charges in 2010, he’s been a changed man — not in the sense that he now wants to be a contributing member of society, but in the sense that his music now sucks. With the release of Tha Carter III in 2008, Wayne was at the top of the rap game. Now, he’s more often a punchline than a trend-setter. Maybe an extended break away from the microphone is exactly what he needs to get his creative juices flowing again.
Then again, maybe this is the latest in a long line of delusional ideas from the world’s most famous cough syrup addict. Remember when Wayne said he was transitioning from rap to rock? Yeah… that didn’t really work out.