Everyone always wants what they can’t have. Athletes want to record tracks and music artists want a shot at the big leagues.
In most cases, I’d say it’s probably equal parts delusion and ambition, but in the case of Lil Wayne and his self-proclaimed hiatus from rapping to pick up skateboarding, I feel compelled to add a “making life decisions while high” component to the equation.
In a radio interview with HOT 107.9 out of Atlanta, Lil Wayne said he would be taking a break from the mic to give skateboarding his full attention:
“I picked up the skateboard and I thought it’d be a hobby, and what happened is it’s a lifestyle.
In order to be fully committed, you have to live that lifestyle. With these young kids now, you have to be about that life. It’s kind of putting rap on the back burner. Rap is taking a backseat to skating. I believe my fans deserve some peace from me. I’ll be on my skateboard in the meantime.”
I’m not going to say Weezy doesn’t mean business. He went as far as to install a quarter pipe and flat-bar in his recording booth as to cut down needless travel time between finishing a verse and honing his new craft.
I am going to point out, however, that the transition from music into sports isn’t the most seamless one. Percy Miller, known as Master P, had a contract with two NBA teams, namely the esteemed franchises known as the Charlotte Hornets and Toronto Raptors, however he never made a regular season roster. He did play for the CBA and ABA, and instilled the same love of the game in his son, Romeo, who played a year for USC before he excelled at dancing with the stars.
If I remember correctly, in 2011, Justin Bieber was named the MVP of the NBA All-Star Celebrity game and Jerry Ferrera (Turtle from Entourage) was named the MVP of the Celeb Super Bowl, which goes to show the level of sheer athleticism displayed by the music and movie stars in the game today.
Career-flips like this really just comes down to those at the top of their game getting bored by the lack of a challenge in their respective industry. At this point, Lil Wayne could rap the in-flight safety demonstration that is read before takeoff and it would still be a hit.
I’ll give it to the guy, at least he picked a sport that fits his lifestyle and one where he’ll most likely stay in one piece. Trying to parlay his ambitions into football would pose as quite the challenge. He might be around the same height as Maurice Jones-Drew but he’s a solid 100 pounds lighter, which would most likely result in him shattering like a china doll on first contact.
Here’s to wishing Wayne the best of luck in his endeavors and I look forward to how it shapes his lyrics in the future, welp, mostly to see what kind of game the skateboarding groupies bring to the table.
Skateboarding world, I give you Tunechi Hawk. (NSFW, not the parts you can understand at least)
Check out the original article on ESPN