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Lil Wayne Found Andre 3000's Quote that Rapping Feels 'Inauthentic' at Age 48 'Depressing'

The "Got Money" rapper refuted the "Ms. Jackson" rapper's claims that as rappers age the music begins to feel "inauthentic"

<p>Tommaso Boddi/Getty; Frazer Harrison/Getty</p> Andre 3000; Lil Wayne

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Andre 3000; Lil Wayne

André 3000’s comments about age and rapping recently cut deep for Lil Wayne.

After the Outkast alum, 48, said, “Sometimes it feels inauthentic for me to rap,” Lil Wayne shared on his Young Money Radio show with Tyga that Andre 3000’s comments made him a little sad.

“I read a depressing quote or two from someone that I respect a lot in hip-hop and music, period,” Wayne (né Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.), 41, shared with Tyga, 34.

“They were asked, ‘Why you ain’t been doing music?’ and they was like, ‘Man, what am I gonna talk about? I’m in my 40s, like, what am I going to talk about? What you want to know about me being 40 and the life I’m living at this age? What am I supposed to talk about?’”

<p>Michael Tullberg/Getty</p> Lil Wayne in Los Angeles in March 2022

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Lil Wayne in Los Angeles in March 2022

After Wayne offered a quick summary of the unnamed artist’s interview, he continued, "I feel like I have everything to talk about —”


Tyga (né Micheal Ray Stevenson) quickly interjected to add, “I feel like you gotta stay in it. You got to stay in it. I feel like you can't be too far removed.”

Wayne agreed and shared how he believes Andre 3000’s comments could become a “downfall” element to his career. The "Mrs. Officer" rapper explained that when he joins “verses and features,” there’s a certain version of himself that he “turns on,” even though he sometimes doesn’t know “what the hell goes on” throughout the song.

“I don't know that guy, I just know that he always comes through,” added Wayne.

VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images Tyga performs during the Black Music Collective Grammy Week 2023 Celebration event
VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images Tyga performs during the Black Music Collective Grammy Week 2023 Celebration event

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The two rapper’s conversation follows Andre 3000's (né André Lauren Benjamin) interview for GQ’s Man of the Year series, where he explained why rapping feels inauthentic for him.

“I don’t have anything to talk about in that way. I’m 48 years old,” he revealed. “And not to say that age is a thing that dictates what you rap about, but in a way it does.”

The “Ms. Jackson” rapper told the outlet that it’s not for lack of trying that he hasn’t released solo raps since Outkast disbanded. It's because he’s been around the block — having debuted with his collaborator Big Boi in Atlanta back in the ‘90s.

<p>Emma McIntyre/Getty</p> Andre 3000 in Los Angeles in November 2023

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Andre 3000 in Los Angeles in November 2023

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The hitmaker, who last released a full-length album with Outkast in 2006, also clarified just how much he's tried to release rap music. “I’ve worked with some of the newest, freshest, youngest, and old-school producers. I get beats all the time. I try to write all the time,” the “Hey Ya!” artist shared.

On Nov. 17 — and 17 years later — the musician released New Blue Son, a new solo album of woodwind music.

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