News: Lil' Wayne Sits Down For Pre-Grammy Special Tonight [Video]
Wednesday, Feb 4, 2009 2:40PM
Rap star Lil' Wayne will be featured on Katie Couric's pre-Grammy Awards special tonight (February 4) to discuss his feelings on his biological father, his music, and what it is to be a "gangster."
The Grammy-nominated artist will reportedly speak on both his personal and professional life.
The rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Carter, discussed with Couric the real reason why he dropped the D in his first name. "I dropped the 'D' 'cause I'm a junior," he said, referring to the fact that he is named after his dad. "He's not in my life, and he's never been in my life, so I don't want to be Dwayne." (The Celebrity Cafe)
Weezy will also emphasize why he raps about 2005's Hurricane Katrina.
He explained that he touches on topics like Katrina in songs because "I believe that music is another form of news. Music is another form of journalism to me. So I have to cover all the areas. You get Lil Wayne's take on the new president, money, the economy, women, whatever." (MTV News)
Couric also takes time to analyze the rap star's facial ink.
According to her, this tough-talking rapper insists what you see is not necessarily what you get. "Can you take me on a little journey through your face?" Couric asked, referring to Lil' Wayne's tattoos. "Okay. I have 'misunderstood' on my face, because I do feel that a lot of times, I am very misunderstood," he said. (CBS News)
Tonight's televised special will also feature a variety of other artists.
Justin Timberlake, Jordin Sparks, T-Pain, Kid Rock, Jazmine Sullivan, Duffy, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Metallica, The Jonas Brothers, Carrie Underwood and more will join Couric for her "All Access Grammy Special," airing Feb. 4 on CBS. (Billboard)Check out a preview below: