As it appears, Lil Wayne’s soul has been officially possessed by a skateboard. However, will he ever finish a skatepark he started in New Orleans in 2012 — and will he be using his newly announced NOLA festival to do it?
Outsiders to Lil Wayne’s inner world may not know he is a skateboarding enthusiast. How big is Lil Wayne’s skateboarding obsession?
In a July 7 interview, Lil Wayne reveals that he is more in tune with skateboarding than anyone previously thought. In fact, he is so into skateboarding that Lil Wayne has claimed that it helped him write songs for #FWA aka the Free Weezy Album.
On July 8, NOLA posted an exclusive interview with Lil Wayne on SoundCloud, via Q93.3FM, where he claims that he wrote #FWA “with my phone in one hand and my skateboard in the other.”
The real purpose of Lil Wayne’s interview with the local New Orleans radio station was to announce his newest idea — the Lil Weezyana Fest. But will he also bring his abandoned 9th Ward Lil Wayne skatepark project into the festival?
About the festival, Rolling Stone reports on July 8, “As part of the August 28 performance at New Orleans’ Champions Square, Lil Wayne will re-team with Juvenile, Turk and Mannie Fresh.”
According to Billboard Magazine, tickets for the Lil Weezyana Fest go on sale on July 11. They also state that, “Not much more information has been revealed just yet” about what will happen at the festival besides a performance by Lil Wayne.
Of course, true Lil Wayne fans may suspect that this Lil Wayne festival will include skateboarding. Compared to the kind of close relationship Lil Wayne has with a skateboard in 2015, before 2009 Lil Wayne was not known as a skateboarding fan.
In an article with GQ in 2011, Lil Wayne specifically states that he never rode a skateboard before 2010. Regardless, skateboarding immediately and dramatically changed Lil Wayne’s life. About skateboarding, Lil Wayne says the following.
“So I was just watching TV, and I was like, ‘Yeah. I want to do that!’ And I called a guy and I said, ‘I want a ramp on my roof.’ I have a pretty big roof at home. So I put a ramp on the roof about five months ago, and man, I’ve been skating ever since.”
By 2012, Lil Wayne was improving his skateboarding skills to a noticeable degree. On September 11, 2012, MTV published an article where Lil Wayne gets a thumbs-up evaluation from pro skater, Rob Drydek. Drydek also stated the following about Lil Wayne’s enthusiasm for skateboarding.
“I think it’s pretty amazing, because a lot of rappers have gotten into skateboarding over the years, but this is like, Lil Wayne is so dedicated…. He goes to all the contests, flies out to street leagues … he’s friends with all the pros. He’s really, really committed, which is strange, you know, but we love it.”
From there, Lil Wayne’s passion for skateboarding only increases. On September 9, 2013, MTV shows Lil Wayne is good enough at skating to give Meek a skateboarding lesson.
Obviously showing commitment, on December 12, 2013, ESPN reported that Lil Wayne got a skateboarding face tattoo.
After working on his skills for several years, on March 9, Lil Wayne announced to the world that he wanted to “quit rap for skateboarding,” according to MStarz.
During the time where his ability to release music was under question because he decided to leave his contract with Birdman and Cash Money, Lil Wayne only seemed to increase his skateboarding prowess.
Was this emphasis on skating part of Lil Wayne’s plan to start incorporating skateboarding in more aspects of his upcoming solo career?
Adding to the idea that Lil Wayne was trying to show fans he was serious about skateboarding, on March 30, Lil Wayne teamed up with Red Bull for a series of videos. Lil Wayne also included skateboarding in his “Selsun Blue” video around May 6.
If Lil Wayne is trying to do more skateboarding for fans, do they approve? Thankfully, fans love Lil Wayne on a skateboard as much as he loves the sport. Transworld Skateboarding recently asked fans to rate Lil Wayne’s skills on June 5 — and many comments were positive.
Sadly, there were also incidents where Lil Wayne failed the skateboarding community — and it may be something he wants to make up for with his Lil Weezyana Fest.
On April 29, 2014, NOLA published a headline stating “Lil Wayne’s skatepark failure.” The lengthy article tells the tale of Lil Wayne teaming up with Mountain Dew to build a skatepark in the 9th Ward of New Orleans in 2012 that never happened.
A Kickstarter to put together the funds for the Lil Wayne NOLA skatepark also never materialized in May 2014 — despite raising a third of the $75,000 needed to finish the project.
About the failure of the project, Mack McClendon claims Lil Wayne and Mountain Dew started the project, “in the appearance of benevolence, [and] used that fact to generate publicity for themselves.”
Will we see Lil Wayne make amends with the DEWeezy Skatepark at his new Lil Weezyana Fest?
Mack McClendon says the way to fix the trouble with the Lil Wayne skatepark is simple. He says all Lil Wayne needs to do is “do the right thing and finish what they started.”
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