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Lil Wayne Explains His Connection With Athletes Like Floyd Mayweather, Kobe Bryant


For some, music and sports are like oil and water. But for rapper Lil Wayne and his buds NBA star Kobe Bryant and boxer Floyd Mayweather, who helped him tease “Tha Carter V” album on their social media sites, the two “go together like chemicals” to quote Tunechi’s “With You” (assuming those chemicals combust in pleasing ways for this example). Lil Wayne had a lot to say about how music and sports are connected in an interview with ESPN magazine.

“Athletes wanna be rappers, rappers want to be athletes,” Lil Wayne, an avid skateboarder and Los Angeles Lakers fan, told ESPN. “I wanna be what I am.”

“Sports and music are connected by youth. Music is youth, sports is youth, and to the younger players, music is their motivating force,” he added. “Also I believe athletes want you to know who they are — not just how they play. Music is an outlet for that.”

As for his own music and what to expect from his next album, he shared that “‘Tha Carter V’ is about growth, flat-out. My thoughts are wiser. I still say what I want to say — it just sounds better and makes more sense. That all comes with growth and maturity.”

Lil Wayne dropped the first “Tha Carter V” single “Believe Me” featuring Drake and “D’usse” earlier this month. Also check out the latest Weezy Wednesday installation, “Tina Turn Up Needs a Tune Up.”


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