Rapper Lil Wayne has been opening up more in recent weeks.
The quiet superstar has been treating fans to a string of interviews and appearances that have shed a new light on his life and career. The 40-year-old rapper is still super young when compared to his peers, but he’s lived a rock star lifestyle and these days pays the price.
Wayne claims that the illness that causes him epilepsy has also begun impairing his memory. The rapper cannot even remember some of his biggest hits.
Lil Wayne, real name Dwayne Carter, has been turning out records since the late ’90s; his track record includes staple hits in the Cash Money library (“Bling, Bling,” “Back That A** Up”), enduring solo cuts from his various Carter projects (“Lollipop”) and massive collaborations with all his superstar peers.
Wayne also helped create a lane for Drake and Nicki Minaj. With that kind of history, Wayne could talk for days about the things he’s been through and the songs he’s been a part of. That is, if he could remember any of the records.
“That’s just my God’s honest truth. You could lie, you could ask me (about) such and such song, I wouldn’t even know what we talking about,” he recently confessed to RollingStone Magazine.
Wayne says he’s not sure what his biggest hits are or even when they came out. As a result, the records hold “no significance” to the rapper, who continues to work on music despite not remembering some of the songs that made him a star.
Wayne has been having seizures since the early 2010s and says that most times, he does not even know they are happening. “No warning, no nothing, I don’t feel sick. I get headaches really bad. And the headaches? I didn’t get no headaches or nothing,” he told MTV in 2013.
Wayne’s epilepsy and seizures are attributed to his poor sleep schedule and drug and alcohol usage. Wayne says he prays for them to stop but also thinks the memory loss is the “cursed” half of his gift.
Despite having an incredible talent and life, he believes he’s cursed not to remember any of it.