Last week, Lil Wayne called in to Funkmaster Flex’s radio show live from Rikers Island prison. The two talked about Wayne’s experiences behind bars and the amount of support he’s received from fans and family. The New Orleans rapper said that even after over a decade and a half in the game, the support he’s gotten from his Young Money has been astounding.
“[The amount of support I’ve been receiving has] been more than amazing,” he said. “I promise, I can’t explain the love and support I’ve been getting from my fans. I never it was like…the way it is, and I’ve been doing this for what, 16 years now. I never knew it is what it is. I promise, man, it’s breathtaking.”
Wayne also told Flex that he only listens to sports in jail given that he only ever listened to his own music. Despite his current situation, it hasn’t stopped him from planning who he wants to record with when he’s released in November. He says that after he’s out, he hopes to get in the studio with the likes of Andre 3000, Tech N9ne and of course, himself.
“I’ll be very honest with you, I don’t listen to know music on Rikers,” he explained. “All I listen to all day, if I am listening to anything, it’s sports…but that’s just because of the simple fact that I never listen any other music but my own. Since I’m not able to do that up in here, I don’t listen to anything. I don’t listen to nothing but my sports…I am a sports fanatic.”
He added, “I’ve been saying to myself that I really want to do a song with either Andre 3000 or my man…Tech N9ne,” he said. “Other than that, I’ve been really trying to do a song with this little dude, this boy Weezy. That boy Weezy, he’s stupid [laughs].”
Weezy also explained how he plans to handle his life after his release. He says that his time in Rikers has given him time to reflect on his actions, but ultimately, he will only be able to fully realize the reason for his incarceration upon his release.
“[When I’m released], I will definitely mover more carefully,” he said. “I will definitely take heed to my situation and my status…everybody says that you’re here for a reason, and so I promise you, Flex, I try to find out that reason everyday. I search for that reason, and I think when I get out, that’ll be the only time I really know the answer.”
Below are parts one and two of Funk Flex’s interview with Lil Wayne. Fans can write to him at his website WeezyThanxYou.