Lil’ Wayne Can’t Read Either?

Previously in the annals of XXL:

What are you reading right now to help you…

I don’t read a damn thing. That’s why I don’t write music. I’m too cool to be reading and writing…I’m a very intelligent nigga. I can read like a motherfucka. I don’t want motherfuckas to think I’m illiterate.

You’re in college so…

I don’t read, other than that shit.

But we talking about books for leisure.

Nah, I’ve done that like once or twice. It’s just not my thing. I’m not into made-up stories.

You know how people get together and they like, “Yo, you read…”

I’m not even in that conversation circle. That would be crazy, I can’t answer nothing so why would I sit there and talk? I ain’t read no books. I sit and watch ESPN all day. I can tell you what happened in sports. I do what floats my boat. If you trying to figure out where I get this talk, that’s me. I’m born with that. I don’t have no brothers, no sisters. My brother is 6-years-old. My dad ain’t never had one of those. And the one I called pops, he passed. My momma, she do her cooking thing. I’m an intelligent nigga,. I just refuse to be dumb. -excerpt from Lil’ Wayne interview with Datwon “Bossman” Thomas, XXL Magazine

*takes away Lil Wayne’s plate of Lasagna with Lean Sauce*

No more lean for you, little gremlin nigga. Jesus. What’s with all these niggas trying to jilt the “S” from their “DN” status mid-tournament?

Must be something in the heir.

What the fuck does the air apparent mean when he says he’s “too cool to be reading and writing?” I ain’t never once told the 45 year-old nigga double-bagging my groceries at the local C-Town (read: “Ghetto Supermarket Chain”) how cool he is. Gnome sane? Sometimes I step over his ass on the way home from late-night partying. Not every nigga can pick up a ball or sing or somehow shuffle for the masses to earn his pittance. I’d like to think we live in a time whereas we don’t necessarily have to. [Except we still do, but that's another column unto itself.]

I hate to go all LeVar Burton on y’all today, but that Reading Rainbow I chose to slide down into a pot of scholarships saved my ass from some serious “All That I Got Is You” shit. I’m talking waterbugs in the cereal box, 17 people in a three-bedroom apartment (Eat that, Ghost! I came up Mexican for real!), trying to flip brown money at the movie theater, not knowing what it was like to sleep in a bed until I was 12… Yeah, that whole deal.

I’m not telling y’all this to earn no stripes. Niggas go through rougher shit than that. I ain’t trying to compare war stories. I still think I’m the luckiest nigga on the planet sometimes. I’m just saying that the shit little Dwayne Carter’s a little too cool for is what has saved me from death and/or incarceration. My handle wasn’t nice enough to get me on the Knicks. I’ll bust a drunk freestyle with my niggas, but I’m a far cry from recording artist material. Aside from looking to the man who can’t read the newspaper he lives under and asking him to hip me to the ways of Le Homeless Cool, there wasn’t shit for me to do but educate myself and figure out a passion.

Not every book is a “made-up story.” Some of that shit is true story the likes of which could inspire a nigga to be somebody. Good, old-fashioned booklearnins be the difference between a nigga who eats $100 bills and and one who invests them into something wise.

If Wayne has no intention on actually learning anything in college, he’s just wasting his young money. There’s no sense in him going. Weezy’s got his whole career thing kinda figured out. Money is right. The B.S. [see what I did there?] in psychology is neither going to increase his Cash Money base salary nor provide a security blanket were he to Vick out in prison.

I also don’t think he should be going to University of Houston if he’s got a lean problem. That’d be like sending R. Kelly to a 9th grade English composition class once he escapes the closet of illiteracy.

There’s nothing wrong with not being much of a recreational reader. Wayne may be making the classic and grave mistake of confusing talent with intelligence. I know a lot of talented, educated dumb motherfuckers. Some of them are responsible for the content you swear by. Niggas just need to be informed. Information doesn’t HAVE to come from books. They’re just where 90% of the best shit is kept. They’re also where I hide my money.

I’m soooo past the mattress.

With this said, I’d rather Wayne promote illiteracy (pronounced: “Kellsdom”) than saying something like “I read them Triple Crown Publication thangs, lil’ daddy. I just finished ‘Tru 2 Da Gayme 4.’ That shit real than a mawfucka. Yah!’” Reading needs to become more popular in the “urban” community altogether. More time reading anything of interest and less time watching Rocsi slob rapsters down with her eyes would make a huge difference in general awareness.

What you do when the scales fall from your eyes is on you.

Seriously. Just sit at home and watch SportsCenter 7 times before you fill your brains with the nonsense on those pages.

This has been a message from the United Negroes Need To Go To College Fund.

[Blogger's Note: I don't think college is the answer, per se. I also don't recommend spending a bunch of money there if you don't know what you want to get out of it. More than anything else we need passion, work ethic and a hunger for information to get ourselves anywhere.]

Questions? Comments? Requests? Still wanna tear into a $100 bill with your platinum teeth?

There’ve been some rumors and confusion swirling about the status of SDN Tournament Round 1 – Division A. The voting is closed. The results are in. Check them here.

Division B first-round voting will remain open until Sunday morning at midnight.

P.S.: I’m going to Negro Please myself for taking the words of a dumb nigga to heart. Needless to say, Wayne doesn’t get any Ron Mexico votes in a contest of smart-dumbness.

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  • amar

    there’s no way in hell dwayne reads his own school textbooks. U ever taken a psych course? That is a lottttt of horseshit to swallow, especially for a dude who spend all his time either recording, performing, sexing or leaning. He MUST have someone doing it all for him.

    www dot prettypancakes dot com

    • Ron Mexico

      Who knows? Maybe Weeziana has become a good student through operant conditioning.

      Maybe Baby only brings a lean cup after he’s read a full chapter, Playboy.

      Hollygrove’s Pavlovian process. I might be onto something here.

  • kelito-vision

    Wayne’s making a strong push for the SDN crown…he musta heard about the tournament cause u know he didn’t read about it

  • capcobra

    i heard it’s levar burton fault…he was kunta then toby then reading rainbow and then a blind nigga outerspace…nobody wanna read and end up a blind nigga outtaspace…so they stuck with being kunta or toby.

    • Ron Mexico

      Holy fuck! I need to get my ass back to the plantation!

  • TheCo!!inB

    i’m nobody to that nigga but he dropped the ball when he said that. that’s just as bad as Pharrell on Rap City a coupla’ years back saying he does not vote…….you’ve got potential smart dumb niggas and dare I say, just plain smart niggas READING what you’re saying and you say some 2008 Sambo shit like that?! And to be really honest that fucktard doesn’t speak THAT well to shout out how much he “don’t read”.
    you see how long it took Pee Pee Boy to admit words on a page looke like Spaghetti Noodles, cause he knew that shit wasn’t right….damn sure wasn’t cool

  • Kane Corleone

    the last book i read was “return of the godfather”,not bad either. good drop Mex this is a funny ass generation these niggas think its cool to be stoopid,beware or fall vic to KELLSDOM.LOL

  • TheCo!!inB

    “maybe Weeziana has become a good student through operant conditioning”…………or maybe he’s cooning for black people Mex, cause if you read his ESPN interview he checked all that “Ya dig?!” shit at the door
    Reporter: So who do you like in football?
    Wayne (urban mag coon answer): real talk I only fucks with the ravens cause they home jersey’s look like the inside u’ my cup…..YA DIG?!

  • John Brown

    So if Wayne doesnt read or write. Who writes his blogs on ESPN.COM?

    • Shawty J

      Probably Gillie Tha Kid.

      • ChevyBoy

        Ha ha funny shit

      • ron mexico

        two points like a mmmotherfucker.

  • Shawty J

    Lil’ Wayne’s comments about not reading were left out of the print version of the interview, thankfully, so the masses didn’t take in that double scoop of ignorance that Weezy served out. I wish he’d stop and think about what says before he says it. I know he’s probably twisted up on La La, or throwed of that lean, but he needs to stop doing that before interviews.
    It’s one thing to say he’s not into reading, but to go and dismiss because he’s too cool for it is retarded. I wish somebody would sober him up long enough to do a decent coherent interview. I read this interview in the XXL magazine thinking it was good. But after seeing the stuff they cut out online I realized I was dead wrong.

  • 1hunid

    Thats some real shit holmes. What more needs to be said?

  • these posts are racist

    This is a great post. I think however, you may have missed an important point. In the interview, Wayne was asked what he reads for pleasure, he did not come out and declare his hatred of all things written…in other words, I think what we read in this interview, was not a cocky Wayne proud of the fact that he doesn’t read, but rather, we witnessed a very insecure person who through Hip Hop has learned to flip reality on its head instead improving himself. Rappers do this, instead of working to right their wrongs or address major issues, they simply say what they are or have is better.

    • Ghost

      brilliant point!

    • Ron Mexico

      i dig it, good sir.

      thanks for the props, mane.

      i’m just criticizing dude saying he’s too cool to read. it’s one thing to not like reading. i never knock him for that. i think it’s a very dangerous message.

      a lot of kids idolize him and i take a non-lyrical quote like that far more seriously than anything silly he may say in the music.

  • Pierzy

    Yo Mex, this might be your best work to date. Seriously. If you’re illiterate, fine, whatever. But to actually promote that? Wayne needs to just leave. Period.

  • Apollo Moses

    For one, the same SportsCenter episode comes on from 5am to noon. Secondly, a dude that says he doesn’t listen to anyone’s else’s music can record four lines in intervals to their music, and their qoutes. We all ready have black Americans droppin out of high school above 50%, some as has high of 70% in some towns and he tellin kids he too cool to read! Why go to college? To where a backpack and skateboard gear like Pharrell Williams? Kids today and his legions of stans(gulz 2) gas him up and are influenced by his image. Even 35 yr old men at local clubs.*SMMF*
    This is destructive and glorifies ignorance and being uneduated. He’s a “made up story,” and his songs too. Keep flowin RMC….and I’m out like them black & blue Air Penny II’z

  • giantstepp

    Brilliant drop Ron Mex!

  • geico lizard

    its no coincidence that tyga who ate the money is signed to lil waynes label. lil wayne must make his artist pass a DN test before he signs them. im not surprised pharell williams said something stupid on rap city like he doesnt vote because he also said justin timberfake is the new marvin gaye(WTF) so he is full of dumb ass quotes.

  • Vicious Seiger

    Good Post, I just picked up a book by America’s Favorite Dad and the tag line says “From Victims to Victory” [more or less] and that’s just what is killing the hood… This Poor Me Mentality. Nothing makes me prouder and little bit jealous than when I see an old friend who has built a worthwhile life for himself by applying himself. I got friends who are working at cancer research hospitals cpu programming and buying houses. Essentially too many copycat mofos are walking the streets too concern with as they would say “My Money” and not “My Life”. Just because a knot of cash is rolled up doesn’t make it equal to a diploma. Like you are saying knowledge is essential and lack of it is essential to keeping control of people. Whether you go to college or a trade school crack a book and build up yourself. One of my friends compared reading and learning to bodybuilding by saying that in order to stay in shape you must work out daily and build up your body just as if you want to improve your mind you must do the same… give it a workout.

    • Ron Mexico

      and the church said “amen.”

  • Enlightened

    I think everybody is missing a larger point here-
    That would be bad enough but he is actually the nigga who was smart in school growing up ( Juvenile verified this), was a “good boy,” couldn’t come outside to play with the hood kids (let’s not forget his Mama made him leave Cash Money originally and only let him return on the condition that he never cussed on a song until he was 18).

    This is a nigga who is still insecure about actually being smart enough to attend the University of Houston so he wants to act dumb. That is some straight 6th grade shit.

    Do you know how much he has to read for college classes alone? Notice he didn’t deny being in college. If he never picks up a book outside of a class that is more than most other people will ever read.

    This nigga is the classic personification of a fucking idiot, who happens to be book smart and is ashamed of it.

    • DV8

      co-sign that shit


    You should of known her couldnt read he igned a cash money contract & then resigned with cash money. dont him not reading surprise anybody. the sad part is that other kids might read the article and thinks its cool to not read. i feel bad for the future and im only 27. damn i hope obama puts some more money in school. they need some slave time programs like “reach a nigga, teach a nigga”

    • EReal

      Co-Sign on the Cash Money contract signing.

      Baby is worse than puff with them royalties. Got em all up in his walls and shit.

      • EReal


  • anutha_level

    ” I ain’t never once told the 45 year-old nigga double-bagging my groceries at the local C-Town (read: “Ghetto Supermarket Chain”) how cool he is. Gnome sane? Sometimes I step over his ass on the way home from late-night partying.”

    pretty much sums it up…

  • DV8

    being extremely cocky and so under the influence of whatever hes on, is a horrible combination

  • Sinistah aka 7Body Sin

    damn B, i’m scared to actually read the interview!

    fuck that dumb shit, i’m readin like 4 books right now, just because….

    Live From Death Row – Mumia Abu Jamal

    Revolutionary Suicide – Huey Newton

    Theology Of Time – Elijah Muhammad

    Malcolm X: The Assasination – Mike Friedly

    and thats besides the Bible and Quran, and a few e-books i read when i’m sittin here lookin stupid 4 nothin…

    i aint into the fairy-tale books, or da lil street novels, i had my fair share of reality that those books only hope to emulate…….

    This aint for no college classes or anything beyond the fact that i love acquiring information……

    all i do is designate a different day of the week to go thru at least one chapter, and keep it movin 4 the day!

  • nellz

    “cash money million heir to the throne”

  • Drew Ricketts

    << Talented dumb semi-educated nigga.

    Just sayin’. I think Wayne is trying to buck conventional wisdom all while expressing that in the dumbest way possible. To whit, I don’t think all that’s held in books is anything OTHER than someone’s story. Even so, some of them stories are well-argued bullsh*t and circular logic (see: science vs. religion) and some are poorly argued, mystical folklore.
    After teaching in “urban” (see: black) schools for three years I realize what you’re saying about his appealing to the ignorance in all of us. But maybe to be ignorant of all the crazy shit we’re confronted with is to be sane? I dunno. There’s something to be said for education, for investing in the rigor of molding one’s mind, but how we choose to go about it can be (should be) entirely personal. I’m going to agree with Weezy’s sentiment and not his way of articulating it.

    To write him off as simple a dumb nigga (maybe not you but the commenters above) puts us in league with another extreme side of the same thinking. I refuse to get my B.S. in bs, so to speak. I’ve met (and so have you Ron) TONS of so-called smartniggas who went to great schools, worked for i-banks, tossed their money away on $550 bottles in the club and now are worried about the downsizing on Wall Street. Again, just sayin’…show the other side of that coin.

    Good point though RM.

  • Maurice L Dees

    That very sad lil wayne can read, I need to no how many more people in the rap game cant read because my buying power will not buy a CD or callabo, Magazine with wayne on it intill he learn how to read.

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