Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne is not falling back on plans to hang up the microphone for good in the near future and delived into the road to retirement on the season premiere of “Katie.”
Much like Wayne has said in past interviews, the Young Money leader’s retirement infatuation largely rests on family time.
“Whatever they want to do,” he said about his plans to spend time with them when he hangs up the mic. “I don’t want to have no influence … ‘Hey you must do this, you must do that.’ Because I didn’t have that and because I didn’t have that I grew up to be exactly what I wanted to be and how I wanted to be. I want that for all of my kids … I know I’ll be ready to retire at 35 because I am so ready to retire now!” (MTV)
Earlier this summer, Weezy F. Baby said he sees himself hanging up the microphone after Tha Carter V drops.
“Yes, very true,” Wayne said when asked if his retirement plans are still on deck. “I want to retire after Tha Carter V which I hope will be my last album. My next album’s not Tha Carter V because I think I have to work on other albums as well with my pop, Birdman, and things like that. But after Tha Carter V, I hope I can retire. [laughs] … [I’ll be able to do] things like spend quality time with my kids.” (“The Jimmy Kimmel Show”)
Recently, Cash Money Records boss Birdman said no matter what decisions Wayne makes in life, including retirement, he fully rides behind him.
“I mean, to me, he works so hard, I’ve never seen no human do what he do,” Birdman said in an interview. “He’s definitely a machine and whatever decision he make, I’m gonna support that and we’re gonna find something else to do or whatever he feel like he want to do. I never questioned nothing he do. Honestly. Whatever he do, we’re going to do it together. That’s just how I feel, so, if that’s how he feels, then that’s what it is. I never saw no one [like him]. Hopefully one day we do see someone but I’ve never seen no one work as hard as him, as many hours as he puts in, and puts his life on the line for music, his family and his team. I’ve never saw that from no individual. Ever.” (“RapFix”)
Last year, the 30-year-old rap heavyweight signed a huge, multi-album deal with Cash Money.
The rapper, who has been signed to Cash Money records since he was 11 years old, has inked a deal with the label to put out another four albums under his Young Money imprint. Wayne made the announcement during an interview with MTV’s Hip Hop POV, while also revealing details about his contract with the label and what fans can expect from his new releases. “Contract-wise, I only get paid for 12 songs. Maybe on a Carter album, you probably only gonna get 12 songs, maybe a bonus 13,” Weezy said. “But on this I Am Not a Human Being thing, I don’t really care … you’re probably gonna get 16 on there.” (The Hollywood Reporter)
Check out a portion of Lil Wayne’s interview: