Lil Wayne Channels Jimi Hendrix on Vibe’s October / November Issue
It's safe to say that Lil Wayne is a rock 'n' roll superstar. From his acoustic ballad 'How to Love' to his 2010 rock-influenced LP 'Rebirth,' it's obvious that Weezy wants to rock out. So for the cover of Vibe magazine's October/November issue, the New Orleans native channeled his idol, rock guitar legend Jimi Hendrix.
On the cover, the Young Money honcho is wearing a red coat with gold crescents that Hendrix famously wore, along with black shades and a floppy black fedora. His tattoos are featured prominently as he is draped in light accessories -- a diamond-encrusted cross necklace and another chain with a timepiece on it.
In his interview for Vibe, Wayne talks about his feud with Jay-Z or as he refers to him and other veteran rappers as "the old guys." His song 'Life Is Good' raised some eyebrows because of his lyrical jabs at the hip-hop king and his wife Beyoncé. When asked if he's worry about Hov's response to the song, Wayne seems nonchalant about it. “I know there won’t be any repercussions behind what I did,” he told the publication. “I know for a fact music is about perception. You can’t do anything but perceive what you hear. I know that for a fact. So I can’t ever be upset about someone’s reaction.” He later adds, "Every man should know the repercussions and consequences behind whatever they do before they do it. And of course, I know there won't be any repercussions behind what I did."
Elsewhere in the interview, he talks about his friendship with Drake, politics and how hip-hop music is affecting the world, particularly, with the uprising in London that happened a couple of months ago.
Check out a few excerpts from the interview below:
Wayne on the "Competition":
"There's no competition [with any artists]. Music isn't about competition no more. All the gangster rappers are happy, all the skateboard rappers are happy, all the white rappers are happy... Everybody just happy to do music these days. There are no problems. That shit died a long time ago with them old-ass rappers. We are just making music, making money and having fun feeding our families. Competition is for the old guys."
Wayne on Looking at Drake as Competition:
VIBE: You mentioned how humbled you were at the success of "She Will." Drake, who wrote and performs the song's chorus, has now become a platinum star in his own right. Do you look at the guy and say, "Wow, I helped create a monster, I have to stay on my toes"?
LIL WAYNE: I don't look at it like that. Drake is my artist. If he wasn't my artist, then yeah maybe. But that's my artist. He's not [just] a friend. We're more than friends. It's business. It would be impossible for it to be a competition. I mean, I'm the guy's boss.
Wayne on Hip-Hop Influencing The London Riots
V: Given that Cash Money artist Jay Sean is a native of the U.K., you probably have some strong feelings about the London riots and how some talking heads blamed it on hip-hop culture.
LW: All you could do is pray for the people that were dealing with the situation and hope for the best. As far as them blaming hip-hop, you can blame Jesus for things, so you can't really fault anybody for blaming someone or something. All you can do is hope for the best.
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