Lil Wayne Learned to Play Guitar for Music Video E! News UK
Lil Wayne “immersed” himself in the guitar so he could play the instrument in a music video.
In an interview for Rolling Stone, the rapper recalled how he decided he needed to learn guitar before filming the music video for Leather So Soft, a track from his 2006 album with Birdman, Like Father, Like Son.
“I learned to play it. Once I learn something, I’m going to try to be the best and I’m going to go hard. And immerse myself in it,” he said. “Once (I) learned those three, four strings, I found myself on stage at the Country Music Awards with Kid Rock (in 2008). I didn’t know what I was doing.”
As for his rap career, Lil Wayne – real name Dwayne Carter Jr. – noted that he’s still inspired by Michael Jackson and Missy Elliott.
“Performance-wise, it was always – and always will be – Michael Jackson. Then, when it comes to the artist, I’ve always paid a lot of attention to Missy Elliott and JAY-Z. was it about Missy, she was thinking outside the box…She gave me a boost in terms of who I am as an artist and the things I say,” said praises the 40-year-old woman.
In addition to making music, Lil Wayne is also the general manager of his record label Young Money Entertainment.
Reflecting on working with artists such as Nicki Minaj and Drake, the star explained how he looks for people who have the same work ethic as him.
“I work a lot. It’s unhealthy the way I work. I’m looking for dynamism… With Nicki, which she always had, she forgets that she’s a woman and Nicki. You forget her at a certain point in his raps,” he shared. “Drake it was, I had to blackmail him. He thought it would take away from him as a rapper. Even if he didn’t want to, it’s genuine and you can’t break that.”