Lil Wayne Films Public Service Announcement
Fresh of his most nationwide tour, Lil Wayne has filmed a “public service announcement” inspired by the loss of Apple visionary Steve Jobs.
Weezy break down Jobs’s legacy (“I don’t know a person who hasn’t been influenced in some way by this man”) and touches on his premature death from cancer, saying his passing means there are many people out there who’ll never know and understand his groundbreaking work. Wayne then speaks on his own mortality, questioning what would happen if he “just skated off my roof and end it all.” He’s in reflective mode, questioning if “motherf*ckers will really remember me” for the icon that he is.
Weezy then speaks on the phenomena of “syrup” and how he’s an original drinker of it due to his upbringing in the South (“it’s part of the culture”) and how it angers him people are doing it just to be cool nowadays, with no real reason. But while he’s aware he’s being contradictory (he admits to experimenting with syrup in the beginning mainly because rap groups like UGK were promoting it) he’s adamant his “do as I say, not as I do” attitude is fair. Tattoos are next up, and he expresses his frustration in young people copying the enormous amount of tattoos he has. Again, Wayne contradicts himself by saying he got his belly tattoo because he wanted to be exactly like Tupac Shakur. But according to Wayne, he “does this, for real.” He lifts up his shirt, pulls down his pants and has a moment where he wants the world to see he’s tatted from top to bottom.
When he walks outside he shows us his Bugatti (worth $1.8 million) and has another moment, alluding to the fact he’s one rapper who doesn’t place his value on material things (his crack here—“I don’t call myself Bugatti Wayne”—could possibly be a friendly jab at Rick Ross’s Maybach Music. Time will tell). He then goes on a rant about his move into rock music and how (despite what some critics have said) it’s been a successful venture so far, lambasts rappers moving into the rock field (“You guys are messing it up now”), people copying his new skateboarding passion, how real his affiliation with the Blood gang is and much more.
Wayne gets a lot off his chest and makes a lot of big statements in this video, even going so far as to proclaim, “I’m making the world a better place.” Peep the video below and decide for yourself.