Wayne, for example, reveals that his grandmother is the one who sparked his passion for sports, a topic about which he frequently tweets or chats about on ESPN. "[I'm] way more than a sports fan, Weezy said in the final installment of his 90-minute interview held at the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas, last Friday (March 14). "... My grandmother, Mercedes Carter, she passed, but she was super into sports, everyday we watching whatever on — golf, whatever."
Some of his earliest athletic inspirations, he noted, include Deion Sanders, Michael Jordan ("of course," said Wayne) and Isaiah Thomas. Plus, he said, "I was a huge Dominique Wilkins fan."
Wayne then explains his somewhat surprising lack of loyalty to Louisiana sports teams. His love for the Green Bay Packers, for example, was inspired by his stepfather.
"They came to the Superdome like '95 or '96, and my dad, the late Rabbit, he went to that Super Bowl and he came home — I was a kid — and he came home with a whole bunch of stuff for me, like towels and cups and, you know ... it was all Green Bay stuff, and so from that point on, I was a Green Bay fan," he said.
And, although he doesn't reveal exactly how he became a Lakers fan (the New Orleans native has gotten into heated debates with rivaling fans and players), he did offer this for anyone doubting their season: "I'm a loyal, n---a ... I can't wait, we gon' get right on you b-----s, I can't wait. This n---a Phil [Jackson] wanna go by the Knicks, alright, I see how it's poppin'."
Elsewhere, Wayne talked about the eight months he served on New York's Riker's Island and the decision to cop a plea deal. According to the YMCMB rapper, police in New York pinned gun charges on him, even though he was one of more than a dozen people on the tour bus where the weapon was found. He said he took those eight months under the advisement of his lawyer, rather than risking more time.
"It wasn't rough at all," he said of his time behind bars. Them dudes cool. Everybody in there was cool. I didn't meet not one sour C.O. [corrections officer] … it didn't feel like home, but they made it cool." Plus, he said, jokingly, "I been through worse. I been married."
Wayne also discusses his skateboarding addiction, brushes off criticism surrounding his lyrics and takes questions from the audience.
The four-time Grammy winner's next album, Tha Carter V, drops May 5.
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