Lil Wayne Claims Himself the LeBron James in the World of Rap
In a recent interview, Lil Wayne boldly declares himself as the LeBron James of the Hip-Hop scene, asserting over a decade of reign as the premier rapper. With a musical career spanning two decades, 13 studio albums, five Grammy Awards and 120 million records sold worldwide, Lil Wayne solidifies his status as an industry heavyweight.
“I would say that I’m like a LeBron. I dropped my first solo album when I was 14, and that’s the same album I’m talking about that went platinum. And I’ve been doing this at this pace of higher ever since, just like him”
Wayne, who is proud to have earned platinum status with his debut solo album, compares this to LeBron James’ incredible 19-year-old NBA Rookie of the Year victory. LeBron has since compiled an outstanding career record, winning four NBA titles, four MVP honours, and 19 All-Star selections. In addition to being a five-time Grammy winner, Wayne started Young Money Entertainment, a record label that helped Nicki Minaj and Drake get their start in the music industry. Looking back at their more than twenty years of success, the native Louisianan considers the different directions those crucial years may have gone.
“You remember Tom Brady, it was every year, even though he was winning the Super Bowl and all that, it still was, ‘Is this the year he’s gonna retire?’ We don’t even say that about LeBron, we don’t want you to retire. That’s how I feel when people ask when Tha Carter VI coming out. Like, “God damn it, that’s six of ’em. And they still want it?
Beyond mere self-comparison, Lil Wayne and LeBron James share a parallel trajectory, dominating their respective fields for over a decade. LeBron James, celebrated as one of basketball’s greatest, has a counterpart in Lil Wayne, acclaimed as one of Hip-Hop’s finest.
In essence, Lil Wayne boldly proclaims himself the LeBron James of Hip-Hop, affirming his reign in the industry for over a decade. His legendary status in the dynamic world of Hip-Hop is underscored by his resilience and versatility.
Watch the full interview below.