Lil Wayne has a special relationship with Katie Couric. Back in 2009, the pair hung out, bowled and talked about what it means to be a gangsta.
The unlikely friendship continued on Monday (September 9), when Wayne (who Couric called “hip-hop’s mad genius”) sat down with the former network news anchor on her syndicated “Katie” talk show to discuss why he dropped out of high school, his dangerous addiction to syrup and why he’s really, really ready to call it a day on his rap career.
Since their last talk, Wayne did a stretch in prison on a gun possession charge, so naturally Couric was curious how the other prisoners treated the rapper. “It’s jail,” he answered when asked if the other convicts were excited to see such a famous face. “So, for the first 20-30 seconds you’re like, ‘Oh my God that’s really him,’ then … the reality of where you’re at clicks right back in.”
Couric, or “Miss Katie,” as Wayne referred to her the first time around,also asked about how Weezy’s children are doing, which caused the Young Money boss to shake his head and blush a bit. “My oldest is my beautiful daughter, she’s 14, Reginae. She’s awesome, she’s a firecracker,” said Wayne, who dressed conservatively in a white t-shirt, khakis and a “trippy” baseball hat. “Personality out of this world.” He called his three sons his “everything” and reiterated that he wants to retire in five years, when he turns 35.
“Whatever they want to do,” he said about his plans to spend time with them when he hangs up the mic. “I don’t want to have no influence … ‘Hey you must do this, you must do that.’ Because I didn’t have that and because I didn’t have that I grew up to be exactly what I wanted to be and how I wanted to be. I want that for all of my kids … I know I’ll be ready to retire at 35 because I am so ready to retire now!”
The admittedly “odd couple” shared a laugh over the “I’m a gangsta, Miss Katie” line that Wayne dropped the first time around, which brought a smile to Couric’s face on the first show of her second season.
Asked if he regretted not finishing high school, Wayne, an honor student, drew a laugh from the studio audience when he said, “Not at all … I mean, kids, please finish high school. And all my kids, you are finishing high school!” Getting serious, Weezy explained that it was actually his mother’s idea for him to drop out.