The Grammy Award-winning rap star on Saturday admitted he was burned out - and appeared to be contemplating retirement - in the wake of a nearly-two-year beef with his label, and a hoax that drew out police to his Miami mansion Friday.
'I AM NOW DEFENSELESS AND mentally DEFEATED & I leave gracefully and thankful I luh my fans but I’m dun,' the 33-year-old rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., tweeted early Saturday.
The strong words set off a chain effect that saw his fans, and musical peers artists Missy Elliott and Chance the Rapper, pledge him their support.
Elliott, 45, wrote, 'Prayers up 4 whatever u may be enduring right now this to will pass & may u find PEACE ... I will always be a fan of your work,'.
Meanwhile Chance the Rapper tweeted to Lil Wayne, 'I just wanna remind you that absolutely nothing and no one in this world can defeat you. Tell them devils back back.'
The Sucker for Pain hit-maker later responded to the kind words, as he said, 'Ain’t lookin for sympathy, just serenity,' followed by, 'I’m good y’all don’t trip.'
The emotional outburst from the New Orleans-born rapper might have been triggered by Friday's events, as Miami ABC affiliate WPLG Local 10 reported that pranksters claimed that someone had been shot at the rapper's La Gorce Island home Friday.
The She Will star had previously been targeted in a similar prank in March of 2015, according to the station, which reported that in both instances, a male voice told authorities he had just shot multiple people.
The rapper, via his Twitter page, commended local police officers who had responded to the incident: 'Luv to the miami PD for always being alert, attentive, & appropriate. Thk u.'
The other potential factor in what would be considered a shocking early retirement for the still-relevant rapper could be tied to the ongoing problems he's had with his label Cash Money Records, as he's been outspoken in his frustration over the stalled release of Tha Carter V, his upcoming studio album.
The feud between Lollipop rapper against the label and its leader, Bryan 'Birdman' Williams, has been at varied levels of intensity for nearly two years: It became nearly deadly after Lil Wayne's tour bus was shot at in Atlanta on April 26, 2015.
Rapper Peewee Roscoe (whose real name is Jimmy Carlton Winfrey), who received a decade-long sentence in the shooting, claimed that Birdman had a hand in setting it up, but Birdman later told Power 105.1's Angie Martinez he was not involved in the violent incident, calling it 'the craziest s*** I ever heard in my life.'
The tension simmered down for awhile as 2016 began: the two rang in the year at the same party hosted by Drake, and began collaborating in the studio later that month, but things looked to have soured since.
In May, Lil Wayne decried this label again at a pro-marijuana rally in Denver, telling the crowd, 'F*** the bulls*** and f*** Cash Money!'
Source: Daily Mail