Lil Wayne Talks Tha Carter V and Memorizing His Own Song Lyrics for Performances

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Lil Wayne Talks Tha Carter V and Memorizing His Own Song Lyrics for Performances
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  • -Thank you for coming back.
  • And, man, oh, man, congrats on the record.
  • -Thank you. -Come on, this is fantastic.
  • [ Cheers and applause ]
  • -A great record.
  • And, man, so what is the thing that went down with this?
  • 'Cause we waited four years for the album to come out.
  • And there was some legal thing with your label or something?
  • -Yeah, it was, you know, business.
  • [ Laughter ]
  • -Yeah. -Yeah, you know.
  • -Yeah, I guess so, yeah.
  • -Kind of over -- yeah. Kind of over my head at times.
  • And I'm a real musician. I'm an artist, so...
  • -Absolutely. Well, it must be --
  • Is it frustrating 'cause you couldn't
  • get away from your label, or is it too --
  • you can't even talk about it?
  • -It's business.
  • [ Laughter ]
  • -Legal stuff.
  • -But when I say I'm an artist, meaning, I'm so into
  • what I'm doing every day, into my craft,
  • that when I have to go too far into something else,
  • I put somebody else in charge of it.
  • When there's somebody else that was in charge of it
  • messes up, then everything blows up.
  • And that's how everything blew up.
  • We just need the debris to clear.
  • -Just clear it and then go back to exactly just you getting out.
  • But how do you fill the time? Four years?
  • What were you -- -Working, working.
  • -Yeah, I know, yeah. -Just working.
  • Just in the studio every day.
  • I like to skate, working, skating, things like that.
  • I am a father of four. -Oh, really?
  • -Yeah, that's the main thing. -That's a lot of stuff.
  • Absolutely, yeah. Do the kids, do they skate?
  • -The boys skate, yeah. My daughter does not skate.
  • -No. Well, how'd you get into skateboarding?
  • Did you grow up skateboarding in New Orleans?
  • -Skateboarding in New Orleans, no.
  • [ Laughter ]
  • -That didn't happen, right?
  • -No, you bring a skateboard through my neighborhood,
  • I told them earlier, that's when the UFO just hit the block.
  • -Thinking aliens. -Exactly.
  • -Well, how'd you get into skating?
  • -Having too much time to myself.
  • Sitting down, watching TV every day,
  • I ran into this channel I started watching every day,
  • and this kid was on there skating.
  • And I started watching exactly how much fun he was having,
  • how his mind was not thinking about nothing else.
  • The world could have blown up to the left of him.
  • This is the right of me. To the left of him, but...
  • [ Laughter ]
  • And he was just so focused on it.
  • I don't know if I my turned my left shoulder proper enough.
  • I'm not sure if my left foot --
  • I was like, "I need to be that focused on something else
  • other than what I'm focused on."
  • That's how I got into it.
  • -Wow! So you clear your mind by skateboarding?
  • -Yeah. You better.
  • -Yeah. -If you're thinking
  • about something else while you on that board,
  • it's gonna show you.
  • [ Laughter ] -It will.
  • Is it true? Someone said that you've written
  • probably over a million songs or almost a million songs.
  • That's impossible, isn't it?
  • -That's not true, because I don't write.
  • [ Laughter ]
  • -You don't -- You don't write?
  • -I just go in there what I was feeling that day is how it goes.
  • -Really? -Yeah.
  • -And what, do you just think of the beats,
  • or you think of the song, and then you just go?
  • -It's always a different trigger,
  • meaning sometimes it might be somebody else's song
  • or maybe a feature -- they already had that sub--
  • they already had that subject, so I just stick to the subject.
  • If it's mine, if the music is what it is, I go off the music.
  • If not, if I had a subject already on my mind,
  • something that was bothering me
  • or some verse that been rhyming too long
  • and I didn't see a mic yet, there it is.
  • -But how do you remember the song when you perform it?
  • -Your guys are so, so, so kind and so generous.
  • They typed up my lyrics for me.
  • And so I'm back there studying them right now.
  • [ Laughter, cheers, applause ]
  • -Wow.
  • Do we have a pic? Yeah, we do.
  • We have a picture of you at rehearsal.
  • This is real. This is you reading your own lyrics,
  • getting ready for tonight.
  • That's fascinating.
  • I never heard of anyone doing it that way.
  • -Yeah, what happens is, because I don't write,
  • what makes it so difficult is because I don't write it down.
  • If you write it down, you get stuck to what's on the paper,
  • and you'll remember it every time just like school,
  • just like a test.
  • But because you don't -- because I don't write it down,
  • and I just go right there from there,
  • I move on to the next song,
  • which means I move on to the next thought.
  • I forgot whatever the last song was about.
  • Yeah. -You just clear it out.
  • You don't even want to -- -I can't.
  • -You can't? -Yeah, I've got to think
  • about the next song and put my full 39 million percent into it.
  • -Wow. How fun is that, man?
  • And then, you just skate to just clear it all out?
  • [ Laughter ]
  • That's just fantastic.
  • -I do something else to clear it all out, but you know.
  • -Oh, you do a little something else?
  • Yeah, okay.
  • [ Laughter, cheers, applause ]
  • You can't smell it on TV, but when you're here,
  • I'm getting a little secondhand.
  • I got to say congrats. You got Kendrick Lamar on here,
  • Travis Scott, Nicki Minaj, Snoop Dogg.
  • And this is gonna be your fourth number-one album.
  • -I do not know that, but yeah.
  • -Congrats. I'm telling you.
  • Congratulations, and we love you.
  • Thank you for being here tonight.
  • [ Cheers and applause ]
  • Thanks to Lil Wayne and "The Carter V."

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Lil Wayne talks about the five-year-long drama behind the release of his album Tha Carter V and admits he is still studying and memorizing his album lyrics, since he never writes them down when recording.

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Lil Wayne Talks Tha Carter V and Memorizing His Own Song Lyrics for Performances