Lil Wayne has officially become a professional skateboarder, with the Young Money rapper receiving his first-ever “pro model” board.
The moment went down over the holiday weekend, with pro skaters Torey Pudwill, Keelan Dadd and Yosef Ratleff surprising Weezy — who first began skating over 10 years ago — at a private skatepark.
Phil Lopez, who serves as the videographer for Young Money Skate, wanted to celebrate Wayne’s hard work over the years, and gifted him a pro model board decorated with a photo of the rapper as a child along with some of Weezy’s favorite rap lyrics.
“This was a Christmas gift, but I decided to turn it into a surprise because it would be more meaningful that way,” Lopez said. “As Wayne’s videographer, I wanted to do something special for him that he’d remember. I approached Torey, owner of Thank You Skate Co., with the board design, and he was able to help execute the production process.”
In a video of the moment, Wayne can be seen shocked by the gift, and sits on the floor of the skatepark with a massive smile on his face while he’s flooded with his custom boards. He was nearly speechless as he walked around and thanked everyone for their generosity.
“THANK YOU GANG!” Tunechi wrote on Instagram next to a photo of him posing with his pro model skateboard and fellow skaters.
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Lil Wayne has showcased some generosity of his own this holiday season. Wayne and Young Money president Mack Maine spent some time in their hometown of New Orleans earlier this month, inviting 150 kids to celebrate “A Weezy Christmas” at Dave & Busters. The famed duo linked up with Wilson Sporting Goods to give all the attendees new sports equipment.
“I know you love sports like I love sports, so I hit up my people at Wilson Sports Goods to give you the gift of game,” Weezy said in a special video shared to the kids. “I specifically picked everything out for you myself. I hope you love everything and I hope you have an amazing holiday. This was an honor to do.”
Wayne himself has a lot to be thankful for this year, as he earned his first diamond plaque earlier in December after his 2008 hit “Lollipop” surpassed 10 million sales in the U.S.
“My first joint to go diamond wowwww!!!” the rapper wrote on Twitter while celebrating the achievement. “Thank you to all my fans and supporters I Ain’t Sh*t Without Y’all!!! #LongLiveStaticMajor.”
Released in March 2008, “Lollipop” served as the lead single from Lil Wayne’s blockbuster sixth album Tha Carter III. Featuring Static Major, who tragically passed away just 16 days prior to its release, the song spent five weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 and took home Best Rap Song honors at the 2009 Grammy Awards.