Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne showed just how much love he has for New Orleans by opening up a skatepark for the community called Trukstop Skatepark.
Details of the rapper’s unexpected gesture surfaced online early Thursday (September 27).
Lil Wayne returned to his hometown on his 30th birthday to present a very special gift. The sports enthusiast was on hand to cut the ribbon at the Trukstop skatepark in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward, one of the most devastated sections of the city after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Following the ceremony, Weezy hit the ramp for a one-hour skate demo with the Mountain Dew Pro and Amateur skate teams, including Paul Rodriguez and Theotis Beasley. (Rap-Up)
Weezy F. Baby also took a moment to expand on why he made sure a skatepark got built in New Orleans.
“I didn’t think that skating was too popular in my city, so I wanted to make it something that everybody loves like I do. I just wanted to help out my city, help out the people, the kids, and give them something to do, something they haven’t done before. It’s always good to learn something new. … It’s a lifestyle. It’s not just something to do. I thought it would be just a hobby and I thought only people with skill can do it. When you finally get into it and you learn to like it, you’ll quickly learn to love it and you find out that it’s a lifestyle.” (Associated Press)
Over the summer, renowned pro skater Stevie Williams hit up SOHH and gave his reaction to Wayne’s skateboarding obsession.
“He did make that statement didn’t he? [Laughs]. Sh*t, I don’t know, he might [become one of the best],” Stevie told SOHH. “Every time I’ve seen him or skated with, he’s definitely progressed. At the end of the day, you can’t really level skateboarding like that. We’ll all just have to see. I have to stay on my job too, and it’s hard being the best. Feel me? Wayne is the best at what he do and I wouldn’t doubt if he pulled that off.” (SOHH)
In March, the platinum-selling rapper promised to be the best skateboarder alive by 2013.
“I promise you, this day, next year, I will be not ten times better, not a hundred times better, not a million times better, but the best,” Weezy promised in a video dated March 12th. He’s still got a long way to go, but Lil Wayne is taking this skateboarding thing very seriously, and you can see the improvement in this latest video. When Tunechi sets his mind to something, he takes it as far as possible, and this new skating obsession is no different. He even went so far as to build a ramp at his Miami home, and every week we see new footage of him hitting up various skate parks around the country. (Complex)
Check out Lil Wayne’s interview below: