Lil Wayne has been in the business a lot longer than some people may realize. The Young Money rapper’s rise began from a young age with his affiliation with Cash Money Records and has become the stuff of legend now. His rise may have been marred by assault at the hands of people he trusted, however.
It’s been a rough 2020 for Lil Wayne in some ways, as he’s been in the press for a bevy of issues unrelated to music or his career. One of those areas that’s new is politics and when Wayne suddenly entered the fray of the divided political spectrum with his endorsement of President Trump, many were shocked.
He’s had a pattern of speaking against being political, seemingly choosing to remove himself from a lot of the conversations being had about uprisings, movements and which lives mattered.
Wayne had little to offer in support, however, even at the beginning of the Trump administration. Wayne disagreed with the fact that people needed to be told that Black lives matter, when asked during a sit down with Nightline.
When he was asked directly if he felt connected to Black Lives Matter (the movement), Wayne replied, “If it ain’t got nothin’ to do with me, I ain’t connected to it.”
Singer John Legend is the opposite of Lil Wayne and has been involved in politics for the past few administrations now. While performing at a Biden campaign event before the election was called, John Legend took aim at his fellow counterparts like Lil Wayne and Ice Cube who came out in support, in anyway, for the Republican incumbent.
“Some of your former favorite rappers have been taken in by these lies. I think they even founded a new supergroup; it’s called The Sunken Place. But Trump’s Platinum Plan for Black folks is nothing but fool’s gold, because you can’t bank on a word he says.”
With some perspective now, one wonders if Wayne’s lenses on life have been colored by another occurrence that he’s not spoken much about and a candidate emerges. Wayne has been documented on camera admitting to being abused at the age of 11 – with the blessing of the adults responsible for him at the time.
In a video clip that’s since reemerged, Wayne can be seen talking to a younger artist signed to his label Cash Money Records Lil Twist and asks the rapper if he’s having intercourse yet. Then, Wayne launches into the story of how, at the age of 11, he was [taken advantage of],” “loved it,” and didn’t “press charges.”
It’s a bit disturbing when, as part of the story, Wayne recounts that there were numerous adults in the room, including head of the label and his “Paw,” as Wayne calls him, Birdman. Birdman is the infamous head of Cash Money Records, and one that Wayne has had a complicated relationship over the years, despite their closeness.
Another sobering aspect of the video is that Lil Wayne claims he became “Lil Wayne” on the day he was [taken advantage of] by a woman older than him – ultimately culminating in him having a daughter at the young age of 15 ultimately.
See the clip below.