Lil Wayne Graces XXL’s July/August 2011 Cover

Lil Wayne is gearing up to release Tha Carter IV, his highly anticipated follow up to 2008’s multi-platinum smash album, Tha Carter III, but before putting the long delayed disc on shelves, XXL sat down with Mr. Carter in Miami’s famed studio The Hit Factory for our forthcoming July/August 2011 issue to speak on everything from his recording process, his retirement plans, Drake and Nicki Minaj’s success, and why he’ll never record with pop sensation Justin Bieber.

Writer Shaheem Reid, chopped it up with Weezy in Miami about how a rapper as prolific as himself, was able to actually select tracks for Tha Carter IV. Asked, when he knew that the album was ready, Wayne said: “You don’t. When they tell you. When [manager Cortez Bryant] call me and tell me and say, ‘You got such and such date is your deadline to stop,’ I be like, ‘Aight.’ ’Cause I never stop recording, obviously. So it’s just on him to say, “Okay, stop. We’re gonna pick these songs, and that’s the album.’ That’s how we do it.”

Fans might ask what fills the contents of such songs? Weezy explains: “What is good about me is that I’m an interesting muthafucka. I’m Dwayne Michael Carter period! Whether I’m a rapper or not, I’m interesting. And that’s what my album’s gonna be about: me and how interesting I am.”

The Young Money leader also revealed to XXL that he plans to retire soon and hints at C4 possibly being his last offering. “I’m bowing out still on top,” he says. “I’ma make y’all want me when I retire. I’ma make y’all be like, ‘Nooo!’ I ain’t leaving out this bitch when y’all be like, ‘Yeah, it’s about time, dawg.’ Carter IV might be my last one. I’ma make y’all be like, ‘Fuck!’ Yeah, nigga, I’m gone.”

Wayne saying being a good father to his children would be the cause for an retirement. “Honestly, this is the real truth,” he says. “I honestly think it’s unfair to my kids. I’m super dedicated into what I do. Like, it’s no questions—it’s hands down, I do this. I live this. I don’t have a day out my week that I do something else. I do this every day of my life, and I’m not about to stop, ’cause that’s the only way you can succeed in this business, is to do it the way I do it. I want to succeed the way I want to succeed. You can succeed. You can put out a hit… But to do it the way I want to do it, to be comfortable to do what the fuck I want to do, you’ve got to work like no other. Like I said, it’s unfair to my kids. So about 30, 31, 32, I gotta get ready.

Luckily for Wayne his superstar Young Money signees, Drake and Nicki Minaj, are sure to keep his pockets fat in his absence. In fact, Birdman, Jr. counts on it. “You already know what I expect,” Weezy says of Drizzy and Nick’s imminent success. “I expect to eat, and eat well. I expect [Drake] to be a lot more successful than he has ever been. I mean, this guy’s a superstar. He is the definition. That’s what I told y’all before he was: ‘That’s the definition of a superstar.’ And like Nicki, he’s only breaking ice. He has yet to be who he’s going to be. I’m banking on them.”

While fans can expect to hear both Heartbreak Drake and Ms. Minaj on Tha Carter IV, it’s the two Justin’s that Weezy F. also talks about. “That’s my little homie now,” Wayne says of The Biebs. “He texts me every night asking me to do [his] damn song. That’s my nigga, but I can’t do it. Like I said, I don’t want to fuck his shit up. But like I said, I want to work with Justin Timberlake. That boy got a voice; that boy can sing. He needs to come back right there on Tha Carter IV.”

Along with Lil Wayne, XXL’s July/August 2011 issue also features interviews with Weezy’s buddy, Justin Bieber, out-there interviewer Nardwuar, and producer Boi-1da. In addition XXL investigates hip-hop’s controversial history with homophobia, while also sitting down with the rap world’s most colorful, heterosexual couple, Ice-T & Coco and much, much more.

XXL’s July/August 2011 issue will hit newsstands nationwide on July 12. —XXL Staff

  • Nigga Black

    Fucking kidding right?
    Had to check my calendar to make sure this wasn’t April Fools. Is Hip hop homophobic? and Justin beiber in this issue.
    What’s next. How to build a house for your Barbie dolls.
    That’s it. I’m done with the mag and I’m done with this site. Doubt I’ll be the only one. Enough is enough.
    Fuck this shit!

    • Cap’n Krumpin

      dang straight ma man! thas whas good im outta here!!!!

    • MefodMan

      It’s June, dickhead. what you need a calendar for?

      • Ghost

        He probably needs his calendar for the same reason I do.
        To check off all the days your momma suck my dick!

        • http://youtube.com/highnessbc951 Highness

          lmaooooo

        • Los

          hahahahaha

    • AP

      Hahaha Thats what i saw too… “Is Hip Hop Homophobic and then the next words are JUSTIN BEIBER hahah whoever designed the cover was prolly sittin at they’re desk gigglin. Justin Hoe Ass…

    • wideawake

      AMEN!

    • Snake Eyez

      considering ur name is “nigga black” im assuming u are african-american. so i assume u have been victim of prejudice. how does that shit make u feel? u know what prejudice feels like. so why the hate on gays exercise it on somebody else? XXL is increasing their journalistic integrity by addressing an issue that hip-hop is dealing with. so quit hatin

      • Snake Eyez

        hate on gays and exercise*

        • Roger Jones

          I get my exercise by hating on gays. Like U!

      • dam

        if can tell me what country ass packers come from us niggas will quit maken fun of homos. we are a people we were repressed, being a fag is a prefrence you ignorent dip shit

        • yEAH

          Sexual Orientation- including gay, lesbian and bisexuality- is not a preference but a proven biological sexuality. Is YOUR attraction to women a preference? Nope. Neither is a man being attracted to men. And i applaud this magazine for standing up for whats right and writing about HOMOPHOBIA. Ask any historian- homosexuals are more repressed now than black people and ANY OTHER minority COMBINED. And the comments left on this article prove it. Get with the times, look within yourself and ask, “Is being so hateful really worth my time and energy?” and the sane voice within will say it isnt. Move on, get with the times, dont be someone your children will look at with disgust in 30 years because they were brought up in a prejudice free world while you were the one contributing to the hate.

          NO H8
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          visit the websites.

      • Legend

        Snake Eyes, nigga ur gay

  • http://lilwayneisgay.com GTSOH

    “that’s what my album’s gonna be about: me and how interesting I am”. Seriously?!

    Is it also gonna be about how he kisses dudes on the lips?

    Who he think he is?

    I know a lot of yall reading this are big F.AN.s of this dude so fuck him and fuck you too.

    FAGGOT

    ASS

    NIGGAS!

    • Razorr

      wat DA FUCK iz ur fuckin problem???ur just a low life hater. Derz NUTHIN rong wiv wat he said. u cant deny hez unique nd he just wants 2 emphasize dat. so SHUT da fuck up nd stop bein a useless bitch

      • Cut that sit out

        Da cover ain’t just about Lil Gayne you faggot.
        You got that beiber fever do ya?

      • razorrnigger

        Razorr you talk like a fuckin nigger

  • guest

    It looks like a big ass cricket dressed like a skateboarder.

  • Defacto

    For those whom have already commented…such negative energy isn’t needed. Seriously. Take it & Recieve it. Hip Hop has enough issues

    • Fuck You

      It’s the comment section Bitch! Fuck you and Fuck Your issues. Don’t like it then Fuck off you prissy bitch.

  • john smith

    IS THIS REAL? LOL THIS GOTTA BE A JOKE

    TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT DIS PUSSY DIS DA SMAE NIGGA DAT RAP ABOUT BEIN A G AND SHOOTN PISTOLS LOL

    WHO DA FUCK IS SCARED OF DIS NIGGA OR ANY NIGGA WITTA TIGHT ASS SHIRT ON AND SKINNY JEANS LOL

    DIS GENERATION IS COMEDY

    • Razorr

      smh.. go fuck with him and see wat happenz 2 u..

  • Worville

    Quick question, what make is the sweatshirt he’s wearing? tis nice

  • Dr. Dollas

    Sweat shirt made by Fly Pelican… I cant believe after everything that Wayne has done for Hip Hop you still have some many ppl who dont believe. He said it best “Stop, analyzing, criticizing, You should realize who I am begin epitomizing”. But, Not everyone is able to deal with Anothers Success. C4 Otw.

  • thomas

    Have you resorted to a man that kissed another faggot for rating,my goodness another mag going down the drain!!!!

  • Da Snake

    Shudda fucc up! Lil Wayne is the best rapper alive!

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  • fuck yall

    man this pussy nigga agin lol
    he need leave the game now/
    he puppy chow/
    only time this niggas sick/
    is when hes mick checking babys dick/
    and i no you dick rideing not filling him niether/
    fucking text shares a bed with beiber/
    fuck it lol

    • lilwayne4ever1

      Hater.

      lil wayne=best rapper alive(:

  • Dubbg

    see what wrong with yal fools today is that yal dont listen to the music he said it him self “i ant never killed no body i swear “~carter 2 but he is HIP-HOP and haters are going to be haters so yal go a head and hate and Wezzy gonna keep making them hits getting rich on that ass and he kissed bird man for 4 million dollars i know a nigga that sucked a nigga dick for a half of a cheese burger

    • ewwwww….u nasty!

      ” i know a nigga that sucked a nigga dick for a half of a cheese burger “.
      Thatz coz u gay an u fuckz with other gayz.

      • greenlite616

        What’s wrong with that. I once sucked a guys cock for a gold watch but that doesn’t make me gay. I have two kids and I like women. What’s with all the gay bashing. I’m not gay but I have lots of friends who are. You don’t have to make stupid comments. If you don’t like this website you don’t have to be on it.

        • Chedda

          WTF!

        • antidote

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          IM
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          LIKE
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          WHAT
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          IM
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  • mike

    stop putting the same artist on the cover damn

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  • creamGetTheMoney

    you got to be fucking kidding me, i understand the wayne feature. dont like the dude , but whatever i get it…but a feature interview with fucking justin bieber. that is the biggest fucking joke ive ever heard. that little kid has nothing to do with hip hop and never fucking will. FUCK THAT AND FUCK THIS BULL SHIT.

  • Tommmas

    its called marketing, XXL is smart enough to know that more people will buy the magazine with Justin’s name on it, all those little girls will buy that issue for that reason only, the magazine isn’t going to lose many fans off having Justin Bieber’s name on it, and if that were to happen then people would be fucked in the head, don’t read his article but support the magazine you’ve been supporting since you started liking it, and trust me XXL don’t give a shit about haters not reading there magazine, they’ve had Shyne, 50 Cent & Soulja Boy all on the cover recently and had haters bitch but that’s all you’ll do, I guarntee you’ll buy this magazine and you’ll be back tomorrow moring sharp

    • Mr Smith

      Sounds like Tommmas just bust a nut 4 beibs dont it. It ain’t marketing its a huge Fuck You to all the people that been supporting it over the years. I guarantee they gon lose lots of readers. Ain’t no nigga I know gon go cop this faggot bullshit. Beiber on the cover an ain’t got shit do to with hip hop. An they got an article on homophobia in hip hop please. It ain’t for the little girls that are beiber fans. It’s for all you gay muthafuckas trying to destroy our culture.

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  • 80sbaby

    I stopped buying this mag in 2006. they promote to many gay rappers.

    • http://www.google.com/ Keshawn

      I thought I’d have to read a book for a dsicovrey like this!

  • NuIsh

    R.I.P. XXL

  • Ell

    ok im a blackman livin europe…and i know how u niggas over see’s think about that skater outfit but @ be honoust we be rockin that shit for jears over here>>2 us its no skater wear thats how niggaz dress over here…u see we stoped rockin that oversized shit in the late ninethee’s…so around here its normal…not 2 thight do LOL

    • What da Ell is going on ova there?

      U a cocanut.

  • cashakamrnyc

    i want to know who made weezy shirt and hat ?

  • kiko

    yall some haters he gettin money you guys are broke and hating go get a tissue cuz we dont wanna hear that hatin shit. weezy is vicious..dick riders

    • Johnson

      You go out of your way to hail Wayne as the best and bash the ‘haters’… and somehow they’re the dick riders?

  • T-Rawww

    Someone needs to proofread this shit. They talk about nicki and they say he like 4 times. Daaaaa fffuuccccckk.

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  • Jon Dog

    Okay, number one, Lil’ Wayne is not the best rapper alive, get off that pipe dude. Number two. I don’t hate on rappers (or anyone’s) success. I give credit where credit is due. He is total garbage. Tech N9ne, I will respect his hussle, and his complete undeniable tallent, something Lil’s Wayne has NEVER HAD, AND NEVER WILL!! Open your eye’s. Way to bitch up, yet again XXL. PUT TECH N9NE ON THE FUCKNG COVER OF YOUR LAME ASS MAG!!! He deserves it. Not Baby, Not Lil’ Wayne, Not 50 Cent… Pretty much summed up the covers for the past year or so. Is there even a hip hop head that works for this mag??? The fuck happened to ya’ll????????

  • a realist

    yall crazy, any artists would kill to be in dat mans position for the last 6 summers(sounds familiar) the evolution of this not ya average teen rapper from new orleans continues to amaze me and the amount of hate he recieves makes my point valid… If u listen to mixtape wayne he said he would be the best before anybody knew it and in my opinion he has become the best rapper and a respected musician hence all the different genre’s who pay this man to play on their tracks… he is a rock star so he doesnt cater to you anymore so what…last time I checked he went to prison and u aint know he was gone…check out TI radio airplay…washed up is the last thing homie could B, he puts out 4times the music than any artists u like and niggas cant appreciate that this man keeps his fans with new music…that alone is legendary…and he went platinum in 99′ so longevity is on his side…all these rap niggas yall like then came n went but wayne got this bitch on deadbolt…n if he did retire he just got some artists name nikki n drake u may have heard of em…cash money young money been gettin money any label u like more than them fell off lmao at u fuckin haters n im sure him n stunna is too computer fuck boys n this my 1st time eva bloggin

  • a realist

    and one more thang until a nigga sell 1,005,545 copies in da 1st week in this internet bootleg era he still remains on top….he’ll just give the belts away like floyd mayweather when he 1st retired… 90% of the industry fuck wit weezy except niggas like yall fuckin haters… he successful bcuz he work harder than all these rap niggas…nobody shoudnt be mad at that…as far as his music today…when wayne not clearly playin around on a track he bodies da beat…his verse is always the one that stands out, even when he not serious….only thing change bout baby n wayne is the music bcuz dem niggas do what the fuck they want how they want n u wish u lived like dat….jay changed clothes, eminem stop spazzin on erybody, 50 softened up, get my point…them dudes tatted be drugged out the mind n livin just like they still uptown just mo richer respect to the last mob…and dont think baby still aint got them original local 580 uptown killers circulating between da N.O. and miami….last but not least stunna n wayne took over miami…looka ross he a young stunna lol where u think he got da game from

    • Trill B

      Those are 2 long posts there. You must be tired. Go take a nap. Sweet dreams. Oh you’re already dreamin….of Lil Gayne?! Woah! Quit staning a nigga Bitch!

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  • mikeyTG

    Dam he wearing Fli Pelican…

  • Sean Izzle

    Remember Dr.Dre on the cover some time ago? DETOX is coming? In BIG letters? now tell me that wasnt bullshit

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  • cali dp

    i totally agree wit u ‘da snake.’ so all u punk ass haters need to do one of three things: shudda fuck up, eat a dick or JUST DIE ALREADY!!!!! BIACH

    • cali logan

      Take ur own advice fagg!

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  • lilwayne4ever1

    Lil wayne is like the def of AMAZING. hes the best. tooo bad the magazine isnt only on him. did they have to include justin beiber, really?

  • http://www.jredd.tk J.Redd Beats

    Straight Men do NOT Kiss other men!!

  • BrittBritt86

    HOW DARE YOU XXL put BEIBER IN THE HOP HOP MAG!! ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME!
    THEN ON THE INSIDE IT SAYS ”TUPAK BACK” AND IT’S BEIEBER’S PAGE..REALLY? TUPAC AND BIEBER IN THE SAME SENTENCE? I’M SO DONE,..

  • http://www.facebook.com/MikeDukes12 Mike Dukes

    Grilled up like Ocho … LMFAO. Weezy you’re a clown, stop fucking with 15-20 year olds and get back to the real beatmakers. You may stumble on some dope shit.

  • arthur marie

    hé lil wayne faut pas arreter de chanter!!continue!

  • http://FACEBOOK e-rich$

    ITS LIL WAYNE HE IS WHO HE IS AN HE DOES WHAT HE DOES FOR A REASON HE IS HIP-HOP AND THE BEST RAPPER ALIVE!!

  • hiphopking24

    EVERYONE WHOS ON HERE HATING LISTEN.
    WHATEVER THIS GUY IS DOING HES DOING IT WELL. YOU KNOW THAT BECAUSE HES MAKING MILLIONS. SO SHUT THE FUCK UP AND TRY TO LEARN SOMETHING.

  • OhSOOhOMOBiTCH

    THIS IS FOR ALL YOU DUMB ASS HOMOPHOBES AND WEEZy HATERz!!!!! DAYUMM IM READn ALL YALL COMMENTz AND CNT DO NE THING BUT SMH AND LOL!!! ALLL YALL HOMOPHOBIC MEN NEED TO SIT BACK AN REALLy LOOK AT WHAT YER SAYn! CAUSE THE DAY YOU HAVE A SON HE GONE BE GAY..AND WHAT YOU GONE DO THEN?? TLK SHIT TILL ONE DAY YOU FIND THEM IN THEY ROOM DEAD ON THE FLOOR CAUSE YO ASS CNT SPEAK RESPECTFULLy!! UUGGHH HORRIBLE PPL!! FER WHO EVER SAID BEIN GAY IS A PREF. SOUNDz HELLLLAAA STUPiD!! YOU DNT CHOOSE TO DIGG THE SAME SEX!!! AND WHY IS NASTY FER GUYZ TO BE GAY BUT NOT WOMEN!?? TYPICAL HETERO MAN!!

    AND TO ALL YOU WAYNE HATERz GET ON YER KNEES AND COME SUCK MY STRAP LIKE YO BITCH WAS LAST NITE WHILE WE SLAPPd WEEZy F. BABy!!! WAYNE IS THE REALIST AND THE BEST RAPPER ALIVE DUUh!!! HAHAH AND IF HE WASNT THE BEST YALL WOULDNT BE HATING LIKE YOU ARE!! SOO GET OVER IT CAUSE UNTIL THE DAY HEz DEAD HE WILL BE THE BEST RAPPER ALIVE!! LOVE WEEZy F.BABy!!

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/jbda1 J.B. Da-1

    Damn…i swear everybody here talkin shit and it’s funny as hell. This nigga up there said “SHUT da fuck up nd stop bein a useless bitch”. lmao. y’all crazy as hell & i aint even mad at ya. lol

    Lil Wayne do go hard tho. U kno what else tho..i like to compare Lil Wayne’s ‘kissin Baby on the lips’ situation to Kobe’s rape case. fa real, check this out. It’s funny how Kobe is/was the best player in the league, and when he ALLEGEDLY raped that female, niggas everywhere wanna say that nigga sux or all that..but his stats are still ridiculous and when Lil Wayne switched up his style and ppl saw him kiss Baby, ppl wanna say he’s a garbage rapper and is a faggot and sux, yet he sell 1 million copies of an album in a week. Honestly, idk EXACTLY what’s true about either of them niggaz PERSONALLY, but i do know that when it comes down to business and they’re on the bball court or in the studio, they handle they business and they’re good at what they do. Idk them personally, but i like them on their business level. ya dig?

  • wayne lover

    i love this mag. <333 go team wayne

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  • KudzaiEffect

    Bieb is a pussy he dnt qualify to sing with wayne Fuck his mom’s pussy instead

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