Lil Wayne took time out of his SXSW weekend to chop it up with Elliot Wilson in front of a live audience. during their interview, the Young Money General spoke on his upcoming album, Tha Carter V, which is set to be the rapper’s last album.
Wayne spoke on Jay Z, and how he inspired him to start the “Best Rapper Alive” title.
“I loved Jay so much,” he said. “And then at that time I was super young and I was still—I was a fanatic of Jay Z…So, when he said he was retiring, I looked—I was like a basketball player looking up at Kobe or looking up at Jordan…LeBron. Somebody gotta step up. And you know, I felt like you said, I felt like nobody cared about what I said, so when you’re that person then what you say means the world to you.”
Weezy went on to describe the work ethic behind his upcoming album.
“I’m more careful about what I’m doing and trying to be more careful about what I’m saying and things like that,” the rapper said during an interview with MTV. “There were times where I didn’t care. It’s not that I didn’t care. It’s just that I knew that I had people above me or around me that was gonna make sure whatever I said or shouldn’t have said or whatever I did or shouldn’t have did. Well, now, I’m those people, and I’m telling me what I should do and what I shouldn’t say and it’s awesome.”
Full interview with Lil Wayne below: