Lil Wayne Discusses His Love for Skateboarding

Lil Wayne Discusses His Love for Skateboarding

Weezy explains his embrace of the sport and its culture.

Published October 22, 2011

Lil Wayne loves skateboarding, and not even 50 Cent's potshots or a bloody crash will change that. In the newest issue of GQ, the Young Money superstar talks about his new obsession.

 

Weezy says he got into skateboarding on a whim, but does point to his cut-short childhood as one possible reason he loves it so much. "Everybody asks me that question, like, 'What made you start skating?' Yeah, well, I don't know. I'm still like a kid, because unfortunately my childhood was raped away from me because I became a star, a rapper, or whatever you want to call it, and you can't be a kid and a rapper at the same time," Wayne said. "So I watch television and I get real amped. Like, people watch commercials, and they're like, 'Who's gonna buy that?' I'm the person they make the commercials for. I watch them, and I'm like, 'Oh God, that's awesome.' So I was just watching TV, and I was like, 'Yeah. I want to do that!' And I called a guy and I said, 'I want a ramp on my roof.' I have a pretty big roof at home. So I put a ramp on the roof about five months ago, and man, I've been skating ever since."


Weezy said that it's not just the sport itself that attracts him—he's also obsessed with the culture that surrounds it. "To be serious about it, you have to respect everything about it. And to respect everything about it, you have to respect the culture. And to respect the culture, you have to know the culture. I've researched, and I know everything about the culture," he said. "I know everything about who's who, what's what, who won what, and who's better than who, and who skates for what team, and I'm into it. I'm into it. And you know what, they respect me a whole lot. Everywhere we go, every city or state we go, we have a skate park booked for after the show. I go there, I skate till about sun-up, and seven times outta ten, there's usually a pro there. Or they're usually connected to some pro or on some pro team. And, you know, we take pictures, we skate, we session together. They respect me so much just musically, without skating, period."

 

Wayne also discussed the skateboarding accident he had a few months ago, which left him with a bloody cut to his forehead. "It wasn't that bad. It wasn't," he said. "It was real quick. Happened, and I was stitched up and went about my way. I told everybody. Everybody was like, 'Oh, my God. You got nine stitches. You busted your head?' I was like, honestly, I fell so much harder in other places. Like, I wish you were there to see me really bust it. I busted my ass before, like, literally— this is nothing. These stitches are like—this is the first time I have seen blood shed, but I've fallen much harder than that."

 

Wear a helmet, kids.

Written by Alex Gale

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