Reporting Courtney E. Smith
On Tuesday night (June 12), Lil Wayne made a belated and surprisingly good-humored appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Belated because, as Kimmel points out at the top of the interview, Wayne was supposed to appear last year and canceled (to which the rapper said, “honestly, I really don’t know what happened”). Then Weezy was scheduled for the program in March, to support to release of his album I Am Not A Human Being 2, but was hospitalized for seizures related to epilepsy.
“May I ask what happened to you?” Kimmel said, “Because I think we were worried that you were going to die. Did you know that everyone thought you were going to die?”
The very question made Wayne laugh almost uncontrollably, as he said he did not know that.
It was the first of many fits of laughter for Wayne, who was in probably the best humor he’s ever been in for an interview. Like, ever. In the history of interviews.
Wayne did get serious to address his epilepsy, saying, “It’s a private medical matter that we’ve been dealing with my whole life. We’re so used to it happening so my doctors prepped all my homies and now they know that…”
“I would have loved to be at that meeting,” Kimmel interrupted. “Who is that — is Dr. Dre your physician?”
Wayne also insisted he’s still planning on his retirement, but wants it to be after The Carter V. That’s not in the too-near future, however, because he’s got projects with his father and Birdman in mind first. But Wayne was clear: This will be his first and only retirement.