In a recent interview, Lil Wayne confidently anoints himself the LeBron James of the Hip-Hop scene, asserting his reign as the premier rapper for over a decade. With a musical career spanning two decades, 13 studio albums, five Grammy Awards, and 120 million records sold worldwide, Lil Wayne cements his status as an industry heavyweight.
Discussing his longevity, Lil Wayne attributes his sustained success to adaptability and a penchant for experimenting with diverse sounds and styles, navigating the evolving musical landscape.
"I would say that I'm like a LeBron. I dropped my first solo album when I was 14, and that's the same album I'm talking about that went platinum. And I've been doing this at this pace of higher ever since, just like him"- Lil Wayne
Wayne proudly notes that his inaugural solo album achieved platinum status, a milestone coinciding with LeBron's remarkable NBA Rookie of the Year win at the age of 19.
Since then, LeBron has amassed an impressive resume, boasting four NBA championships, four MVP trophies, and 19 All-Star selections. Meanwhile, Wayne, with five Grammy victories to his name, has not only excelled in music but also established Young Money Entertainment, a label instrumental in launching the careers of Nicki Minaj and Drake. Reflecting on their two-plus decades of accomplishments, the Louisiana native contemplates the divergent paths those pivotal years could have taken.
"You remember Tom Brady, it was every year, even though he was winning the Super Bowl and all that, it still was, 'Is this the year he's gonna retire?' We don’t even say that about LeBron, we don't want you to retire. That's how I feel when people ask when Tha Carter VI coming out. Like, "God damn it, that's six of 'em. And they still want it?- Lil Wayne
The parallel between Lil Wayne and LeBron James extends beyond self-comparison; both icons have dominated their respective fields for over a decade. LeBron James, hailed as one of basketball's greatest, finds a counterpart in Lil Wayne, revered as one of Hip-Hop's finest.
In summary, Lil Wayne emphatically declares himself the LeBron James of Hip-Hop, asserting his supremacy in the industry for over a decade. His resilience and versatility attest to his legendary status in the dynamic world of Hip-Hop.
Watch the full interview below