When Drake visited Lil Wayne last week in Rikers Island, it was an experience like no other.
"It was just not the country club," Drake told MTV News on Tuesday, the day his debut album, Thank Me Later, was released. "It wasn't his Miami condo. It wasn't Atlanta. It wasn't Tree Sound Studios, all the places I'm used to seeing him. It wasn't Club Liv in Miami. It wasn't any of them."
Drake has tried to wrap his head around Wayne's situation in prison. It's been difficult, but he did grasp some jewels from their visit.
"He kept looking to the window," Drizzy described. "He'd look up at the window almost like he's looking right through it. It's frosted, so you can't see out. I was like, 'Why does he keep staring through the window? There's nothing out there.' To him, there's a whole world moving out there that he hasn't seen for so long. He was just like, he told me something I never thought I'd hear him say, which was, 'You're the ultimate artist. You're better than me. You don't have the tattoos, you don't cause any trouble. People like you.' He was like, basically, 'Look at me and look at you.'
"He was like, 'Man, listen. You know what I think you're about to do? You're about to do 2 million,' " Drake recalled, echoing Wayne's sentiments from last week's "Nino Brown Story, Pt. 3" preview. " 'You're about to do 2 million the first week.' "
Drake thought back to a conversation they previously had, when the Toronto native wanted to get a tattoo; Weezy advised against it.
" 'Whatever, man, whatever you do, do not get no tattoos never in your life,' " Drake recalled Wayne telling him. " 'They gonna think you got it because you came around me.' He said the same thing to me [during the Rikers visit]: 'Don't change yourself, please. You got it. I've never met a young dude that has it figured out, but you got it. Don't mess it up. Just be you. Sing! Rap! Be you. Don't stop smiling.' That's what he said."
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