Lil Wayne giving up rap, focusing on skateboarding

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More than a decade after he first picked up the mic, hip hop star Lil Wayne, pictured in June 2012, is giving rap a rest to fully focus on his passion for skateboarding. (AFP Photo/Ronald Martinez)

More than a decade after he first picked up the mic, hip hop star Lil Wayne is giving rap a rest to fully focus on his passion for skateboarding.

“I picked up the skateboard and I thought it’d be a hobby — and what happened is, it’s a lifestyle,” the Grammy-winning New Orleans native, who turns 30 next month, told Atlanta hip hop radio station Hot 107.9.

“In order to be fully committed, you have to live that lifestyle. With these young kids now, you have to be about that life. It’s kind of putting rap on the back burner. Rap’s taken a back seat to skating.”

Lil Wayne is the second hip hop artist to announce a significant life change this week, after Snoop Dogg said in New York he is restyling himself as Snoop Lion and pursuing a new musical career in reggae.

Lil Wayne, who counts President Barack Obama among his fans, has been rapping since the age of eight. He’s made nine studio albums — and done time in a New York jail in 2010 for unlawful possession of a firearm.

His latest project, a mixtape titled “Dedication 4,” is due out on August 15, but Lil Wayne said his fans at this stage of his career probably “deserve a ‘LiL No Wayne'” for a spell.

“I’ve been everywhere. I’ve been out on everybody’s song, I’m still on everybody’s song… (but) I believe the fans deserve some peace from me. I be on my skateboard in the meantime,” he said.

 

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  • This is a sad truth! It shows that only men are willing to sacrifice for the life of the marriage and it shows that 40% of women are in marriage for convenience reasons!

  • Oh thank God. This guy was on every song

  • Lil No Wayne we are going to miss yo rapps man

  • jazmyn bellingham

    i fucking love you, please don’t give up rap, im probably your biggest fan in the world. im pretty sure i have every single one of yours songs/albums and know every single word. please dont give up rap! your like my everything!

    • morgan Jly

      same here hes the best

  • Jack Davidson

    YES, ABOUT TIME, never liked him, all his songs are is nigga nigga nigga nigga, and he cant play guitar for shit

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