Lil Wayne Opens Up About Having A Kid At 14 During Global Impact Award Acceptance Speech

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According to Weezy, his mother felt lonely in the house and said she couldn't live by herself.

Lil Wayne recently opened up about how his mom encouraged him to become a father when he was just 14 years old. Moreover, he shared his story while receiving Dr. Dre's Global Impact Award from the Recording Academy's Black Music Collective. While he gave a speech accepting the honor, he spoke on the early years of his life right before he became a star. "I walked into my momma room and I was 14. She asked me for a kid because my dad was killed. Her son had just blew up and went on his first tour. We did not know that was gonna be six months.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 02: (L-R) Reginae Carter and Lil Wayne attend the Recording Academy Honors presented by The Black Music Collective during the 65th GRAMMY Awards on February 02, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

"When I came home..." he continued. "She said 'Son, I can't live in this house by myself. We're gonna have to figure something out.' I'd like to thank Antonia Johnson," the mother of Tunechi's first daughter Reginae. Moreover, he continued: "for reasoning with me and my mom, and my life. I’d like to thank every single one of my kids and every single one of their mothers.” Also, the Young Money MC reflected on his humble beginnings.

 “I want you all to know that I don’t get honored,” he said. “Where I’m from, New Orleans, you’re not supposed to do this.” However, now as a living legend in hip-hop, he proved that the praise is worth it. “Lil Wayne…I love you so much,” Drake said when presenting the award. “I know I probably get annoying with saying how much you mean to me and my family, but I think I speak on behalf of everybody when I say that our careers, our cadences, our melodies, maybe our face tats or our outfits or our decisions in general would not have been the same without your natural gift to just be yourself.”

Meanwhile, Weezy's legacy seems more celebrated than ever. For one, he'll perform at this year's Grammys along with many other MCs to celebrate hip-hop's 50th anniversary. Also, the New Orleans MC recently announced dates for the upcoming Welcome To Tha Carter tour. While hip-hop evolves and shifts and finds new exponents, those of Tunechi's caliber define the game for years and years. Overall, huge props to the one and only Lil Wayne, and check back into HNHH for the latest news on his incredible career.

About The Author
Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.