To much-anticipated fanfare, Lil Wayne released his Tha Carter V album this week and he revealed one of the many mysteries that has shaped and molded him into the living legend he is today.
One of the most memorable aspects of his life was at 12 years old, when the young Dwayne Carter shot himself in the chest, almost taking his own life. It has been long thought that the self-inflicted gunshot wound was accidental, but Wayne puts those rumors to rest on the last song on his album entitled “Let It All Work Out” from his 12th solo album Tha Carter V.
On this track, the Young Money general spit on the third verse, “I found my mama’s pistol where she always hide it / I cry, put it to my head and thought about it / Nobody was home to stop me, so I called my auntie / Hung up, then put the gun up to my heart and pondered / Too much was on my conscience to be smart about it / Too torn apart about it, I aim where my heart was pounding / I shot it, and I woke up with blood all around me / It’s mine, I didn’t die, but as I was dying / God came to my side, and we talked about it / He sold me another life, and he made a prophet.”
He admitted the suicide attempt back in 2016 on Solange’s “Mad”, but had previously lied about it in an interview with MTV’s Chris Connelly, who he told, “I was full of weed. Trippin’, young, playin’ with [a gun]. I didn’t know that when you take the clip out the gun, if you cocked it, one [bullet] is already in the chamber. I didn’t know it had been cocked. So I’m just playin’ [and shot myself]. That was crazy.”