Lil Wayne: ‘Rap’s taking a backseat’

    After rapping for more than two decades, Lil Wayne is putting his mic aside to spend a little more time on his skateboard.

    “I picked up the skateboard, and I thought it’d be a hobby, but it’s a lifestyle. You have to be fully committed because it’s super-scary. In order to be fully committed, you have to be ‘bout that life,” Weezy told DJ Drama at Hot 107.9. “It’s kinda putting rap on the backburner. Rap’s taking a backseat to skateboarding.”

    Weezy, who’s previously and repeatedly stated that he’d retire from rap at age 35 to spend more time with his children, will hit that milestone in just five years.

    “I’m always looking for the next thing to do. It does get pretty boring when it comes to just the rapping. I’ve done so much of it," Wayne explained. "I’ve been doing it since I was 8; about to be 30 in September, and I’m still rapping. I kinda feel like I’m getting old."

    While the music genre has made him a household name, it just isn’t a priority right now, and Weezy thinks fans will appreciate his absence.

    “I feel like the fans deserve a little ‘no Wayne.’ I’ve been everywhere. I’ve been out on everybody song. I’m still on everybody song. My artists are doing awesome. I believe my fans deserve some peace from me. I’ll be on my skateboard in the meantime,” said Wayne, who even skates in the music studio.

    Although he may be taking a break soon, Weezy isn’t leaving his music fans high and dry. He plans to drop a mixtape Dedication 4 in August.

    Weezy talks more about Dedication 4 and fatherhood below. Listen.

    —Tracy L. Scott

     

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