When Weezy Met Mrs. Katie

Feb 5th, 2009 // 6 Comments

Lil Wayne sat down with Palin-killer Katie Couric for a Baba Wawa-style pre-Grammy interview that aired last night. Nothing earth-shattering came out of it, and Lil Wayne’s charm almost made me forget the fact that his upcoming rock atrocity hangs over us all like that brown cloud near Denver. Couric is not a bad celebrity interviewer; she has a good “I understand you” nod, and she doesn’t stray from asking Weezy semi-tough questions about smoking out and pouring it up. I know this might sound crazy, but I saw a little twinkle in her eye when the two went bowling together. (They held hands.) Did she develop a bit of a crush on Monsieur Wayne? I can’t say I blame her. He’s no Mark Sanchez (meow!), but the guy is just so darned likable!

Things I learned from the interview:

• Being gangsta means you don’t take anything from anybody, and you just do what you want. Huh. I think there might be a little more to it than that. Plus, doesn’t that just make him independent? Wait, does that mean that indie rock=gangsta rock?

• Lil Wayne believes “that music is another form of news.” Couric nods at this with intense perspicacity. “Music is another form of journalism to me, so I have to cover all the areas with my album.” Indeed, “all of the areas” were covered in “Mrs. Officer”, a song ripped straight from the headlines!

• Katie Couric could not not make a Wayne’s World reference. Way to go, 1992!

• Lil Wayne loves bowling and supposedly has his own shoes and stuff, but his Obama-level performance led off with two gutterballs—so he blamed the lanes, the shoes, and the ball. Good form! That’s usually my tactic.

• Lil Wayne is really Dewayne, but he dropped the “De” because he’s really a Dewayne, Junior. His father was never around for him, so his personal rebranding is his way of sticking it to his old man. When Katie asked, “Does your father know this?” (De)Wayne replied, “He does now.” Pow. This felt like a missed crying opportunity.

• On growing up in N’awlins: “In New Orleans, reality is handed to you really early.” He gave $200,000 to N.O. charities after Katrina.

• Mrs. Katie: “Do you think you’re great?” Wayne: “I do.”

• One of his two buses has a recording studio in it! Man, am I envious.

• Wayne says he stopped being addicted to syrup-drinking because it hurt his stomach, though he didn’t say he stopped using entirely. When asked about smoking weed, Lil Wayne says “I will stand up to marijuana any day” because he has killer migraines. Katie snorts, but let’s be frank here. Marijuana clearly isn’t impeding this multimillion-selling workaholic artist or that eight-time gold medaler. The war on weed is insane. Maybe I need to start smoking it!

• When asked about being a role model: “If you need an example for how to live, then you just shouldn’t have been born.” Whoa. Mind blown.

Lil Wayne Katie Couric Interview [YouTube]

  1. LeBron

    I’ve never really been a huge fan of his music, but I came out liking Wayne a lot more after watching this. He just seems like a good guy who cares about his work, even though I think I can beat him at bowling (and I’m not very good).

    With the drugs, Wayne doesn’t market himself as a role model. Phelps does. That’s why I think Phelps was an idiot to put himself in that position. He didn’t lose a lot of his endorsements but I feel like he lost some of his appeal to soccer moms, etc.

  2. tigerpop

    I think I just developed a crush on him.

  3. Anonymous

    One of the big reasons why Weezy is so popular is because he’s not trying to be a role model, either of a “good kid” or a hard rapper. He’s so comfortable in his own skin that people want a part of that.

  4. Tauwan

    “Being gangsta means you don’t take anything from anybody, and you just do what you want. Huh.”

    Okay, so on the surface this definition of gangsta appears to be a little, I don’t know, empty, or half-assed, but for me, he’s kind of on point. You know from a hood point of view. Growing up, you didn’t toss out the phrase “damn, that n***a’s gangsta” whenever it felt right, no, instead you applied it to (what seemed and/or felt like at the time) dazzling feats one accomplished that was just so Boss, you couldn’t help but anoint he who committed the act gangsta.

    “Did he just walk up to that chick and get her number while she was in a conversation with her homegirls? That’s gangsta!”

    “Damn, you see his new ride? I heard he paid for it himself. That’s gangsta!”

    “Damn, he did the damn thing. Going to college and everything. That’s gangsta!”*

    *Not being ignorant, just keeping it real. These are actual instances from my childhood where the word gangsta was applied. Why? Cause, for many of us back then, being gangsta (aside from the obvious literal label applied to those more commonly known to many of us as “gang members”) meant just doing the damn thang to the beat of your own drum.

    Yeah, I don’t know if that made sense/what I am saying. I tried. For more information on being “gangsta” please consult the following video:

  5. Brad Nelson

    Wayne’s definition of gangsta is pretty punk rock.

  6. Anonymous

    @BradNelson: If by punk rock you mean defining a word so that it vaguley descibes an idealized version of yourself; then yes, that is very punk rock.

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