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Lil Wayne Innocently Shades Lil Yachty, 21 Savage, And More Rising Rappers

‘I swear to god I didn’t know you were saying people’s names just now’

Lil Wayne, self-proclaimed “Martian,” may be on his own planet after all.

Following a recent book signing for his new prison memoir, Gone Till November, Weezy sat down for an interview with the New York Times, in which he doled out several quotables that are as hilarious as they are troll-like.

When asked, for example, about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, Wayne laughed before asking, “Who’s that?” OK ... so it’s likely not a serious reply, but the real, LOL-worthy kicker comes when Wayne proves himself blissfully ignorant about today’s new wave of rappers. Asked if he keeps up with Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, and Kodak Black — who all appeared on XXL’s 2016 Freshman list — Wayne replied with unintentional shade.

“I swear to god I didn’t know you were saying people’s names just now, so that should probably answer that question,” the 34-year-old said. “I just do my own thing.”


Weezy did, however, admit he has no problem collaborating with young artists like Chance the Rapper and Solange, so long as they’re pushing boundaries.

“These people are turning the clock right now. They are the trendsetters of tomorrow, and I actually pay attention to what they send me,” he said. “When I get the Solange or Chance song, I’m actually riding in my car, banging that. When I put my verse on it, I’m telling my engineer, ‘Let me get a copy.’ The other ones, I’m just sending back.”

As for his own material, Wayne gave a positive, promising status update about Carter V, saying it’s complete and better than anything he’s ever (yes, EVER) heard.

“I just listened to it for the first time in months the other day,” he said. “I had forgotten every single word on it, because I work every day. I popped it in, and I was like, it’s still so much better than everything I’ve ever heard. Not what’s going on right now — everything I’ve ever heard.”

Lil Yachty is shook.