Lil Wayne was a guest on a recent episode of N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN‘s podcast “Drink Champs,” where Wayne revealed that he’s more than half “Nigerian.”
It was something the New Orleans rapper said when N.O.R.E. brought up the following line from his 2008 cut “A Milli”:
“I’m a Millionaire, I’m a Young Money Millionaire, tougher than Nigerian hair / My criteria compared to your career just isn’t fair,” Wayne raps in the song.
“Shout out Nigeria,” Wayne said after the line was mentioned. “I did my 23andMe, kind of like Ancestry.com. My sh– came back like 53 percent Nigerian. Yeah, me and my mom need to have a talk.”
Nigeria is a country composed of peoples from different ethnicities such as Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo, and others, many of which spill across country lines, so it’s not clear what Wayne means by he’s Nigerian, which is a national identity, not an ethnic one.
DJ EFN then asked Wayne if he’s ever been to the West African country, then told him that he needs to go. He also told the former Hot Boys member that he’ll find a big hip-hop scene there.
Afterward, Wayne said he’s never been to Nigeria but is eager to visit.
“I got to be there,” he stated. “I got to go see … That’s what you check and do the thing for.”
Wayne said something similar when he played the game “Never Have I Ever” with the clothing retailers American Eagle not too long ago.
“Is there someplace you want to go that you haven’t been,” the rapper was asked in the clip that surfaced earlier this month.
“I have never been to Nigeria, and that’s the place I would love to go. I’ve never been to Egypt,” answered the 37-year-old.
The interviewer then told Wayne that Nigeria is “lit,” which the rapper said he’s also heard.
“I had a whole different idea,” Wayne stated. “I thought I was going over there and it was going to be something else.”
It didn’t take long for people to weigh in on Wayne’s assertions about his Nigerian heritage. Plus, there was at least one person who brought up his “A Milli” line about “Nigerian hair.”
“Yes brother come home 🏡,” one Instagram user told Wayne.
“He looks Nigerian 😩😂no surprise here 😩😂,” another stated.
“Not going to lie, I was offended back when he said that in his “A milli” song,” a third person commented.
“There are a lot of Nigerians in NOLA,” wrote someone else.