Lil Wayne shares the story of when his mother pulled him out of school, and reveals the realities of having a celebrity status in prison.
Lil Wayne did a very memorable interview with Katie Couric right around the release of Tha Carter III back in 2008, and this Monday, he'll be joining her once again on her talkshow (hopefully he'll refrain from calling her "Miss Katie" this time). A few clips from the show have been posted online, revealing excerpts of his sit-down with Couric , in which he talks about dropping out of school, as well as his prison experience.
Couric first asked Wayne whether he felt any regret for quitting school. "Not at all." he revealed, but advised others to do differently. "I mean, kids, finish high school...And all my kids, you are finishing high school," he said sternly.
Wayne then explained that it was actually his mother who decided he should be taken out of school. "It was my mom's idea." he said, before sharing the moment in which his mom made the decision.
"I had an album out. I was platinum already, thank God. I was still trying to go to regular public school, and she saw me getting ready for school one day, and she was walking past the room, and...she was talking on the phone with someone, just talkin' loud, and she saw me putting my gun in my backpack. And she said, 'You gotta bring that to school with you?' And I remember asking, 'You don't want me to bring it?' And she thought about it, she said, 'I do.' So I put it back in my bag, and she said, 'You're right. Bring it.' Because she bought it for me for protection. She was like, 'You do need it.' She was still on the phone, it wasn't two minutes later, she walked back to my room, she said, 'You don't go to school no more. You gettin' a GED,' and I was like, 'Okay.'"
Wayne did in fact complete his GED. "She was like, 'If that's the way you gotta go to school, you on TV right now, tell Baby and them, get you your GED.' So I went and got a GED, and I went to college," he said.
The Young Money leader then spoke briefly on how his celebrity staus effected his prison experience. "It's jail. So for the first twenty seconds, thirty seconds, they're like, 'Oh my God, it's really him.' Then it's back to jail, quick. The reality of where you're at clicks right back in, so you're like, 'Yeah, okay.'" he shared.
Watch the clips below. Find out what Wayne did with Katie's minivan Monday, September 9th.