The New Orleans artist had fuelled talk about his future after tweeting earlier this month that “I AM NOW DEFENSELESS AND mentally DEFEATED & I leave gracefully and thankful I luh my fanz but I’m dun.” This declaration was met with support by both his fanbase and the music community at large, with fellow rapper Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Young Thug all voicing their support for the 33-year-old.
Speaking to FOX Sports earlier today (September 13), Wayne was asked by Skip Bayless, the co-host of the network’s show Undisputed, whether he would walk away from music as his tweet had suggested. The rapper then clarified that he would not be retiring, saying that the tweet stemmed from an argument with Birdman.
“This is business. Once business is involved – I’ve got a family, I’ve got kids, I have a mother, I’ve got bills to pay – this is business, and once the business is right, everything is right,” Wayne explained. “I did feel that way [about retiring], [and] I didn’t take the tweet down because I still feel that way. When something is done about it, then things will change.”
Asked by co-host Shannon Sharpe if he’d work with the Cash Money – Wayne’s old label – boss again, Wayne said no.
“No sir,” Wayne replied, before Sharpe asked if he was looking for his “pay day” from Birdman in order to finish dealing with him. “Yes sir,” Wayne confirmed. “There’s nothing behind that: give me mine, and I’ll walk off free.”
See clips from the interview via Undisputed‘s Twitter account below.
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) September 13, 2016
Lil Wayne had quelled rumours of his retirement prior to today’s interview by dropping a new track, ‘Grateful’, which took aim at Cash Money.
“You don’t see Stunna right next to me/And I won’t see Stunna write cheques to me / They can’t put no more Weezy baby out/ That’s that Cash Money vasectomy,” goes one line. Another has him rapping: “Tell the press I’m not depressed / I just had to press reset“.
‘Grateful’ is streaming exclusively on Tidal now. His 12th studio album, ‘Tha Carter V, had been expected later this year, but he has yet to confirm a release date.
Listen to ‘Grateful’ below.