Lil Wayne has expressed his disappointment after reading André 3000’s recent comments on his reluctance to rap in his 40s.
While Wayne didn’t explicitly mention André 3000 by name, it was evident to listeners who he was referring to.
He said during a recent episode of his Young Money Radio show on Apple Music.
The discussion arose when Wayne was speaking with Tyga. Reflecting on André 3000’s remarks, Wayne highlighted his own enthusiasm for creating music, even in his 40s.
“I read a depressing quote or two from someone I respect a lot in music – in Hip Hop period, in music period,” Wayne began.
“And they were asked, ‘Why you ain’t been doing music’ or whatever? And they were like, ‘Man, what I’ma talk about? I’m in my 40s. Like what am I supposed to talk about?’ I was like wow, that was so depressing. I’m like, I have everything to talk about!”
Tyga chimed in, suggesting that staying actively involved in music is crucial. “But I feel like that’s why you gotta stay in it, though. I feel like you can’t be too far removed,” Tyga said.
However, Wayne offered a different perspective, expressing concern that staying current might be creatively challenging at his age. “So that’s why I say I don’t listen,” Wayne concluded. “I just go in my little hole. I love what I do. I just put it out and swing for the fences, man.”
André 3000’s comments that triggered this discussion were part of his interview with GQ last month. André, reflecting on his new album, New Blue Sun, explained why it doesn’t include raps, stating that he currently lacks significant topics to discuss at his age. “I’m 48 years old. And not to say that age is a thing that dictates what you rap about, but in a way it does. And things that happen in my life, like, what are you talking about?” he shared.
In a separate interview with NPR, André elaborated on his current focus, indicating that rap isn’t resonating with him at the moment. “I would love to be out here playing with everybody, but it’s just not happening for me. This is the realest thing that’s coming right now,” he explained.
André 3000’s New Blue Sun marks his first official solo album, offering a unique exploration into wind, breathing, and digital instruments. While he acknowledged the possibility of returning to rap in the future, his current artistic direction takes precedence.