Lil Wayne
Wayne’s Words & Wisdom

Notably absent from front pages early in his career, Lil Wayne has become urban publications’s (including XXL) favorite cover boy.

It wasn’t always love, though…Sort of. “I don’t fuck with XXL,” a pissed off Wayne declared during his first XXL Cover Story back in November 2005. To let him tell it, he resented cover snubs and lukewarm reviews, among other things. So much for not fuckin’ with us. Since then, Wayne has appeared on three more covers (in a ten-month span) and offered some of the funniest, most outrageous, philosophical quotes. We call it: Wayne’s Words & Wisdom. In celebration of his career-defining LP, Tha Carter III, hitting stores this week, XXL takes a look back at some of Wayne’s most monstrous quotes.

“Fuck XXL! Straight up! And you can put that in there. I’m from the hood! If they say Fuck me, forever it’s, Fuck you! You’re workin’ with a gangsta now! Matter fact, a nigga might wanna get off this bus right now.” XXL #75 (November 2005)


On whether he was concerned that people would question his manhood when photos of him and Baby kissing surfaced…

“I think people can tell from my attitude that I don’t even care about nothing like that. You cannot hurt me, slander me or slaughter me. I’m from New Orleans, dawg. This is the murder capital. We just beat Compton three weeks ago. Swear to God. Nobody don t say nothing to you. They kill you, and that’s that. You can talk all that shit, but I don’t be trippin’. Soon as we see each other, if you ain’t got your pistols out or you ain’t coming toward me, fuck you. I ran into plenty of niggas that you hear talkin’, ya dig? I know what’s real. That pussy shit, girl talk, he say she say. ‘I done this.’ ‘He phony.’ I don’t do that. my game? Murder. Real life. You’re phony. I saw you and you ain’t do nothing. You ain’t even say what you saying when I saw you, ya dig? So words’ll never hurt me.”XXL #90 (April 2007)

On His Mother Citah…

“That’s my sistah. That’s my dawg. We ride and die together. We’ll strap up and come to your house and murder you together. Straight real talk. That’s my mama. Ms. Cita Carter. Don’t fuck with her. That’s my dawg.” XXL #90 (April 2007)

On being a rock star…

“I grew up…I loved fuckin’ Tommy Lee and all that, Kid Rock and all that. I love it, but I’m too intelligent, so, you know, I do what I do.” XXL #95 (September 2007)

On his mind-set with Tha Carter III coming out…

“My mind-set is always the same. I’m never there. That’s the mind-set I stay with: You’re never there until you’re there.” XXL #95 (January/February 2008)

On how the perception on Wayne has changed…

“If I thought about that, I’d be the craziest dude in the world. ‘Cause perception is from somebody else’s eyes. I can’t get in your head and see what you see, so why would I even care about what you see? Fuck what you see. I wish all you bitches was blind.” XXL #95 (January/February 2008)

On people thinking he has oversaturated the market…

“Listen. Darling, I don’t care what nobody think. Talk to me like you talking to Martin Luther King or Malcolm X. You’re not about to ask him about what he think about what somebody said about him. You ‘bout to ask him about his greatness, and his greatness only. I don’t care what nobody think. If I did, you wouldn’t be sitting on my muthafuckin’ million-dollar bus in my 15th year at the same muthafuckin’ company and business. I’m a role model. You should get like me. Get like you? No. Get like me. Ya understand me? I’m not hot. Hot dies out. Baby, I’m me. Who the fuck done this? Nobody. Compare me to people that’s not even living, baby. And they didn’t even do it-what they comparing me to. No disrespect to them. You found songs on those people after they died. I’m still living.” XXL #95 (January/February 2008)

On listening to other artists…

That’s how hard it is for me. You know, rappers, we like, if a nigga got his shit poppin’ right now, it be like you in jail to the world. ‘Cause a nigga could tell you some shit happened, like, ‘You know such and such blew up?’ You like, ‘Word?’ Like, ‘Nigga, you know they only got eight planets, son?!’ Like, ‘Nigga, for real?!’ That’s how shit be, so I ain’t saw them videos. I ain’t heard the songs.“–XXL #95 (January/February 2008)

  • Paulie

    This guy is gone! So many ininteresting stupid shit comin’ out his fuckin’ mouth! I’m really tired of seeing his ugly fuckin’ face every mothafuckin’ days..
    Can’t wait for the day where he’ll drink lethal sizzrup dose! Motherfucker!!!

    • http://outsidetheboombox.com Polzin

      Haha dumb shit calling wayne dumb said ininteresting…kid cant even spell and he is calling a guy who makes millions off of his creativity dumb. grow the fuck up

      • http://YOO LORETTE

        HII LIL WANYE

    • miss m all day long

      man aint nobody fuckin wit wayne or young money they hot and unstoppable….wayne left his shit in tha best hands possible if u aint fuckin wit young money u lame as fuck. wayne is one of the most intelligent people. if u really sit down and listen to the shit he spits….(off tha top of tha dome at that)…its real as fuck and if u that ignorant and cant see it u aint shit…. cuz he raw

      “i’m rad i’m bad these niggas just squares like plad and if they’re cool then i’m cold i get paid all day like a toll bitch”
      wayne

      o yeah this nigga is paid so he must be doin somethin right. tha fact that we are on here just talk bout him is a fuckin nuff this dude is it…….

    • Gotti

      Paulie? what kind of pussy name is that?? You’re just a jealous of his wisdom and fame. bitch.

  • Zee

    Wow Paulie, that’s a cruel thing to say (that someone would die).

  • stuckfresh

    5 star stunna album of the year!!

  • 4Play

    wow, he can tawk sum crazy shit, tell u what tho, stil a king in his time ( bt no comparisin 2 TIP ) – Album in stores August 12th muthafuckas

  • Jack

    this is why everyone love him to see what the next crazy thing he’s gunna say next is. he can’t give a straight answer since he’s fake but he has the drugs to cover for him.

  • Jack

    XXL needs to chill with putting lil wayne on t he cover put some deserving people on there do your homework see whats coming next.

  • Jack

    hahahah i didn’t even notice that they changed that first cover.

  • avenger xl

    OK I am not a weezy stan nor a weezy hater. I just call it like I see it and xxl you dudes are pole jocking like a mother. Come on how many time can you reference Wayne before the release are you viral marketing for him now or are you just that desperete to keep folks interested in the culture. Ya’ll looking a little BET right now.

    Step yo mag game up Negro please. DAMN!

  • GI JOE

    man i luv lil waynes flows…

    “my rhymes are like art
    stink, but not tart
    you ought
    not to talk to a boss
    apple, jack and jill, cranberry sauce
    on my porsche
    jump off the porch
    sprint to a flame
    olympic torch, what in great SCOTT a Storch
    treat ya like a fruit salad, strawberry grape ya
    I am hip hop
    I am the best rapper alive
    Now die a 1000 times
    Bye…”

  • jojo

    I just checked the stats, and Greenwich, Connecticut is now the murder capital. We beat New Orleans about 2 weeks ago. Swear to god.Nobody says nothing to you. They kill you, and that’s that.

    Do not believe the words of a man who tongues another man and claims its “black mafia”

  • Juan

    MAN I WOULD NOT GIVE A FUCK IF WAYNE WAS A FAG OR THE UGLIEST MOTHERFUCKER ALIVE.
    HE STAYS ON HIS JOB….

    AND I SEE THE HATERS DO TO.

    I AINT GOT NOTHN BUT LOVE….
    BUT U RECIEVE WHAT YOU GIVE.
    STATE UR OPINION BUT CUT ALL THAT HATN YALL KNOW HES GONNA GET THAT PAPER REGARDLESS.
    OOHH IS THAT WHY YOU MAD.
    IITTTSS OOOKKKK ..
    IM RELOADED.

  • Jerod

    You said ininteresting. Haha.

    • Paulie

      My bad! “Uninteresting” that’s what he is!!

  • respeto

    this guy WEEZYANNA, talk like he’s a tough guy… XXL too much fckn wit’ Wayne…

    Weezy F.@ck Baby

    what about this: “words & wisdom”

    Lil Wayne calls 50 Cent ‘The Hardest N**** On The Planet’

    “N****, white people know me now! Thank you! Diss rhyme? F*** no! That n**** thrives off that. I am not feeding that tiger. I’m smart.”

  • jk

    “Talk to me like you talking to Martin Luther King or Malcolm X. You’re not about to ask him about what he think about what somebody said about him. You ‘bout to ask him about his greatness, and his greatness only.”

    Get real. This man is lame and I have no idea why people think he is so great b/c he put out an enormous amount of trash songs in a year or however long he was comin’ non stop with that ish. He is like one of them fools that continuously say they’re crazy but don’t ever really pop off. When the big dogs came at him he talk that b.s. that he don’t go at kings or legends or whatever if you so ill and the best alive whatever, whatever then you go for the crown. He is a complete idiot. No hate though I’m happy that he has found success in a financial sense but it seems he hasn’t found real success tho. Put the cup down.

  • 11KAP

    So now I get it. Lil Wayne is the reason why black kids are dressing like the old rockstar whiteboys from the 80s now. He sure has a lot of tattoos.

  • Nate

    Lil Wayne is like the Tila Tequila of RAP- the Paris Hilton of rap- he has all this exposure but no talent, his latest single on the radio is all fake ish. He’s half singing everything, a couple bars at most is “rapping” the flow is so slow it’s not talent, and the voice and sound for all his songs are techno’d out. He was never granted the right to do that voice alteration ish, and his lyrics are half-pop, half attempts at being “lyrical”,. He’s all drawl, all style, no substance. Just a poser that shot himself, took 15 years to get hot, kisses his daddy, takes drugs to have the rock star image, and would get his ass beat if he were really in the street. In the south, us older than teenagers remember when he shot himself in the foot or leg then claimed he “got shot”.
    Most overrated rapper in the game in the past 3 years is Lil Wayne. No doubt. There are 50-100 rappers easily with a better catalogue or flow, lyrics, etc. If you say you like Lil Wayne, then classify him as R&B/dance music, because he is the only “rapper” showing up at Clearchannels “Bomb” concerts which have all turned from what was once legitimate concerts with rappers to safe ringtone dancers, R&Bers, and one hit wonders that are getting major label rape record deals. Look at wild94.9′s Bomb as a example. It’s not like there aren’t 100 other better artists that could fit the bill. You only want to listen to Wayne if you are brainwashed by MTV/radio.

  • 4Play

    me & my mama go killin togetha 2…
    She’s my dawg haha

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  • LABEL(ME)

    HE STAYS ON HIS GRIND I LOVE HIS STYLE BUT I DNT UNDERSTAND A DAMN THING HE JUST SAID IN ANY OF THAT…

  • Brownie

    Personally, heard alot bout him having alot of talent but aint shown me yet. Carter III is make or break for me, if he dont deliver i aint givin him the time of day. Dont no how he can copmpare himself better then the rest, i could name 5 people better then him without even concentratin. I do have 2 admit i love how controversial he is tho!

  • smahs

    lil wayne a dumb ass lil fag who does not make sense half the time

    • http://www.RevynDominique.tumblr.com RevynDominque

      1st off. .. .you honestly dont know wat the hell R E A L rap is if you sayin shit like that. 2nd you plain as hell nigga if you want ah world with enigma. .look it up. . .because lil wayne you wont get him and i dont think he gives ah shit about your input because he knows that alot of ppl dont understand him becasue he always has been misunderstood by many and he dosnt care if he has another one of you haters on his dick. half you dont understand half the shit hes saying because you plain as hell !! is all im sayin

      • http://www.RevynDominique.tumblr.com RevynDominique

        1st off. .. .you honestly dont know wat the hell R E A L rap is if you sayin shit like that. 2nd you plain as hell nigga if you want ah world without enigma. .look it up. . .because lil wayne you wont get him and i dont think he gives ah shit about your input because he knows that alot of ppl dont understand him becasue he always has been misunderstood by many and he dosnt care if he has another one of you haters on his dick. half you dont understand half the shit hes saying because you plain as hell !! is all im sayin

  • G

    LIL WAYNE IS ON PLANET SPACE JAM THATS WHY YOU DONT GET WHAT HE MEANS ….. THATS MEANS U SEE EVRTHING LIFE A FUCKING CARTOON SO GROW THE FUCK UP

  • Anonymous

    all the haters can say whateva wayne is rap, who else is fuckin with em

  • http://facebook markis

    whats up glad to see you back home boy young money happy thinks give

  • http://twitter bird man

    you go so hard weezy i want to give a shout out to my cuzin happy thinks giving