Lil Wayne Shot Himself In The Chest Aged 12. Now A New Song Has Revealed It Wasn’t An Accident

Known for his drug use, arrests and other indiscretions, Lil Wayne has a reputation as one of rap’s most dangerous stars. And part of the musician’s mystique comes from his having accidentally shot himself as a teen. Nevertheless, a recent recording sees him offering a new version of the incident – one that shows just how troubled his childhood really was.

Like many successful rappers who worked their way to the top, Lil Wayne started with almost nothing to his name. Coming of age in New Orleans, the artist formerly known as Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr experienced the worst aspects of poverty first hand. To wit, by age 11 he had already smoked crack and was selling marijuana to fuel his income.

But luckily for Wayne, the future musician found an escape from his certain fate. Taking up rapping at a tender age, Wayne caught the interest of Cash Money Records’ Bryan “Baby” Williams at nine years old. After becoming the label’s youngest signing, he would soon be dropping platinum-selling albums as part of the band Hot Boys.

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Emboldened by the group’s success, Wayne decided to give solo stardom a try with 1999’s Tha Block is Hot. But it wouldn’t be until 2008’s Tha Carter III that the artist would achieve worldwide success. Earning the rapper three Grammy wins, the album would eventually sell more than six million copies around the world.

Despite getting name-checked by Barack Obama, Wayne was far from being considered a good influence. Indeed, after being caught with a concealed weapon in 2007, the star spent eight months in Riker’s Island prison in 2010. Meanwhile, gossip of a reported addiction to codeine quickly followed the rapper around wherever he went.

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Nevertheless, the rapper did little to soften his reputation. Speaking to VH1 in 2009, for example, Wayne gave a less than diplomatic response to his rumored drug use. “I think people need to mind their own business,” the artist said. “I don’t care if it was heroin in my cup. It’s in my cup. F*** you!”

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But while Wayne is often cagey in interviews, there is one subject that he’s been surprisingly open about. At the age of 12, the hip hop personality came home from school early to an empty house. And when a handgun he had found lying around and was playing with accidentally went off, the youngster received a gunshot wound to the chest.

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During a 2008 chat with Rolling Stone magazine, Wayne first brought up the incident. “It was my mom’s gun,” the artist admitted, revealing that he began to play around with the piece while listening to his favorite tracks. It was here that he made the near-fatal mistake: “It was like a chopper hit me. But the bullet went straight through.”

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Somehow the stricken youth managed to call 911, prompting a police unit to arrive on the scene. There, they found Wayne lying in a pool of his own blood, mere moments away from death. With medical assistance hours away, Officer Robert Hoobler ferried the future-star to hospital where he made a miraculous recovery just two weeks later.

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Following that initial confession, Wayne continued to elaborate on that fateful day to the press. Indeed, the star later revealed that he accidentally pulled the trigger while watching a Notorious B.I.G. video. Furthermore, Wayne would also go on to publicly praise Hoobler’s actions. He even tattooed the words “Bang, Bang” next to the wound in memory of the event.

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But in the intervening years, the star has hinted that his original version of events may not have been strictly truthful. Indeed, while guest-rapping on Solange’s 2016 hit, “Mad,” Wayne made reference to a suicide attempt in his past. “I remember how mad I was on that day,” the artist said. “Man, you gotta let it go before it get up in the way.”

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Moreover, the musician’s 2015 cut, “London Roads,” also saw the star casting doubt on his recollection. Speaking to his mom, the rapper seemed to suggest that he actually intended to pull the trigger. “I remember going in your gun drawer,” the star spat on the track. “Putting it to my chest and missing my heart by centimeters.”

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While theses verses may have been ambiguous, however, they seemed to point to the star having more of his story to tell. And after years of sticking by his initial account, Wayne has finally opened up about what really happened that day. Moreover, the musician has done it in the most fitting way possible – via song.

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In anticipation of Wayne’s then-unreleased album Tha Carter V, Billboard magazine published an interview with the rapper in September 2018. Following an in-depth chat, the rapper played writer Dan Rys a snippet of his new record. In the clip, Wayne revisited the childhood incident and revealed that the self-inflicted wound was indeed deliberate.

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As with Wayne’s previous re-telling of the incident, the rapper’s most recent confession maintains that he found the gun at home. Despondent after being told never to rap again by his mother, the future-star saw no other way out. And turning the pistol on himself, the then 12-year-old tried to end his own life.

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Certainly, the song “Let It All Work Out” paints a revealing portrait of Wayne’s feelings during the incident. Moreover, the musician reveals, “I called my auntie,” in a desperate attempt to find someone to talk him out of suicide. “Too much was on my conscience to be smart about it,” he details in the lyrics.

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Capping off Tha Carter V’s 87-minute running time, “Let it All Work Out” is a stark and confessional piece. Amazingly, the song was re-written to include this startling revelation following the deaths of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade earlier in 2018. And according to Wayne’s friend Mack Maine, it shows just how far the artist has grown since his first release.

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Speaking to Billboard magazine, Maine disclosed that, “[Wayne] told me one day that he was ready to address it. Just being an adult, reaching a level of maturity and comfort where it’s like, ‘I want to talk about this because I know a lot of people out here might be going through that.’”

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Following Tha Carter V’s release in September 2018, fans immediately took to social media to air their excited opinions. While everybody was pleased to see the star’s long-awaited return, many listeners commented on the poignant nature of the album. And songs like “Don’t Cry” – which features a posthumous verse from XXXTentacion, who died in June 2018 – caused a flood of emotional responses.

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As the album’s success continues to grow, Wayne certainly has a long line of promotional interviews to look forward to. Whether or not he opens up any more about his childhood trauma is yet to be seen. But regardless, this confession will surely make the musician’s followers see their favorite star in a new, more sensitive light.

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