Ahead of the release of his first new album in three years, Lil Wayne opened up about a terrifying moment in his life. He revealed that he attempted to kill himself when his mother tried to stop him from rapping!
In a few short weeks, Lil Wayne, 35, will release his long delayed album, Tha Carter V, but a conversation with Billboard’s Dan Rys revealed how close this album – and every release Weezy ever put out – didn’t happen. When the rapper was just 12 years old, according to the Billboard cover story, he found a gun in his mother’s house and shot himself in the chest. He just barely missed his heart and in the past, he’s played this incident off as an accident. But on a verse he played for Rys, he admits that it was a suicide attempt, “undertaken after his mother told him he would no longer be allowed to rap.”
The track, which samples Sampha’s 2013 song “Indecision,” will be the album’s outro, and Wayne added new lyrics following the suicides of Kate Space and Anthony Bourdain. “He just told me one day that he was ready to address it now,” said Mack Maine, president of Young Money Entertainment. “Just being an adult, reaching a level of maturity and comfort where it’s like, ‘I want to talk about this because I know a lot of people out here might be going through that.’ ”
After recovering from the gunshot wound, his mother allowed him to pursue a rap career so as long as he didn’t swear. His 1999 debut, Tha Block Is Hot, is without a single profanity. Lil Wayne previously mentioned the incident in rhyme, addressing his mother on “London Roads,” off of 2015’s Free Weezy Album. Ms. Cita, I remember goin’ in your gun drawer/Puttin’ it to my chest and missin’ my heart by centimeters, oh Lord.”
He also admitted that he attempted suicide during a guest verse on Solange’s 2016 song, “Mad.” “And when I attempted suicide, I didn’t die/I remember how mad I was on that day/Man, you gotta let it go before it get up in the way/Let it go, let it go.”
Speaking of letting it go, it seems that Lil Wayne and Birdman, 49, have finally settled their long-standing legal beef. Weezy and his father figure had a falling out. Tha Carter V was announced in late 2012, and was scheduled to come out in Dec. 2014, but five days before its release, Wayne attacked Birdman and Cash Money Records. He sued Birdman and Cash Money in 2015 for $51 million, alleging breach of contract, failure to pay royalties and withholding advances.
In June 2018, Cash Money and Lil Wayne settled their legal beef for an undisclosed sum. Tha Carter V, the highly anticipated album, will be his first without the Cash Money logo on it. Despite this split, Wayne and Birdman are back to talking every day, though their relationship has changed. “Not even just with him, but my relationships with a lot of people have become different, just because of how different I work now,” Weezy says. “I’m submerged in everything about myself, trying to be better at who I am. It’s something where you have to cut some things off.”
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Man in Salisbury ‘illness’ hoaxed Prince Charles
The man who prompted a major incident in Salisbury after apparently falling ill in a restaurant – six months after a nerve agent attack in the city – once hoaxed Prince Charles.
Alex King, 42, was admitted to hospital on Sunday with his wife, after reports they became unwell in Prezzo.
Police sources have told the BBC a hoax is likely to be one line of inquiry, and that until the man had been spoken to "we can't rule anything in or out".
No arrests have been made.
On Tuesday, Mr King's wife, Anna Shapiro, 30, told the Sun that the Russian state had poisoned her and her husband.
The paper reported it was "what security sources fear was a suspected rat poison attack".
Ms Shapiro is a model and an Israeli citizen of Russian heritage.
A spokesman for the Sun told the BBC: "Like any newspaper, we were keen to talk to those at the centre of the incident and give them the opportunity to share with the public their version of events."
The BBC was unable to contact the couple.
Separately, Wiltshire Police said on Wednesday: "This is now a routine investigation.
"The woman from the restaurant has been interviewed once and is likely to be spoken to again. The next step is to speak to the man involved."
Wiltshire Police earlier confirmed the pair were not exposed to any nerve agent and that it was not linking their illness with the recent poisonings in Salisbury and Amesbury.
"Given recent events in Salisbury, the reporting of an event requiring the evacuation of bars and restaurants by police officers in bio-hazard suits, and that requires tests for the presence of Novichok, is of obvious public interest," a spokesman for the Sun added.
Salisbury District Hospital said "both patients are now medically fit" and have been discharged from hospital.
It is understood that the couple also tested negative for any other poisons, including rat poison.
In 2006 Mr King carried out a "prank" on the Prince of Wales at a film premiere.
He inserted himself into an official line-up of stars being greeted by Prince Charles and was later interviewed by the media about his deception.
He claimed the "prank" was carried out as part of a £100,000 bet with his employer – the convicted fraudster Edward Davenport.
In 2004, Mr King pleaded guilty at London's Horseferry Road Magistrates' Court to three counts of distributing indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of children.
In a statement on Wednesday, Lorna Wilkinson, director of nursing at Salisbury District Hospital, said "given recent events" they had tested Mr King and Ms Shapiro for nerve agents, when they were admitted on Sunday evening.
"Tests on both patients came back negative," she said. "Both patients are now medically fit and there is no need for them to be in hospital."
"While this incident did not involve nerve agents, it was still clearly very stressful for our staff who, once again, demonstrated the very best of the NHS.
"I want to thank them for rising to the occasion yet again," she added.
On 4 March, Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia collapsed in Salisbury having been exposed to the nerve agent Novichok.
After weeks in hospital they were released, but in June, two Amesbury residents fell ill after being exposed to the same nerve agent. Dawn Sturgess, 44, later died.
The UK government has accused two Russian men, Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, of attempting to kill the Skripals.
But in an interview on a Russian state-run news channel, they claimed to be tourists. Russia has denied any involvement in the poisoning.
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