Lil’ Wayne took time out of his schedule to visit his old school, Eleanor McMain Secondary School on Tuesday (Feb. 19).
Before stepping on the schools’ premises, Wayne revealed on his tour bus that April would be the release for his highly anticipated album, Tha Carter III. “I make it worse for Universal [Records],” said Wayne to MTV News, blaming the delays on the amount of music he creates. “I keep doing new songs every other day. I don’t stop
working, so I don’t know when they gonna get that. Everything I do be
better than the last, like, ‘Oh, this gotta make the album!’ “
He’s made many songs for Tha Carter III that the guest list reads like this: Hurricane Chris, Jay-Z, Corey Gunz, Wayne’s artist Tiger, Lil Mama, Busta Rhymes, Juelz Santana,
Fabolous, Baby, Brisco, Dre (of Cool & Dre), and Ludacris. Alchemist, Swizz Beatz, Cool & Dre, Kanye
West, Jim Johnson and in-house producer Diesel have all made beats for the album.
The first single is currently “A Millie,” while the second one will be “Lollipop,” which features songwriter Static, who has written for Aaliyah, Timbaland and Missy Elliott.
“That’s me. I love music,” said Wayne of the new tattoo on his face, which says “I Am Music” in red letters. “I found a love for music. I
owe it all to a lot of people in the game. They don’t even know.“
When Weezy finally got around to visiting his Eleanor McMain Secondary, he sat down with an art class full of juniors and seniors. Wayne began at the school in seventh grade, and met his manager Cortez Bryant. Wayne discussed the impact his mother had in his life, and even said he hoped that one day he and his daughter could be lie Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus. Lil’ Wayne was even asked to prom by a girl named Julie on April 19.
“I’ll be out the country then. Sorry,” replied Wayne with a smile.
“Coming back to speak to them is super-important,” said Wayne of his visit. “It was my school. I went to that school. I attended that
school. It shows them somebody from there made it. It makes them feel
like you can do it. That right there was so important. I see it in
their eyes, like, ‘We can do something.’ Not just doing what I’m doing,
but, ‘We can be successful.’ “