Lil Wayne Reveals It Was His Mother That Encouraged Him To Drop Out Of School

A clip of Lil Wayne during an interview with Katie Couric has resurfaced of him explaining to Couric why his mother decided for him to drop out of high school at the beginning of his career.

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Lil Wayne revealed that his mom told him he was no longer a student at his high school after seeing him prepare for the school day one morning. His mother felt it was best to drop out of school at 14 so he could focus on his music career safely.

The quick clip starts with Couric asking Wayne if he regrets not finishing high school since he was an honor student before dropping out.

“Not at all. I mean, kids, please finish high school, and all my kids, you are finishing high school, but it was my mom’s idea,” he said.

“I had an album out. I was platinum already, thank God, and I was still trying to go to regular public school, and she stopped me getting ready for school one day,” he said. “She was walking past the room, I’ll never forget she was on the phone with somebody talking loud, and she walked past my room, and she saw me putting my bag on my back, and she said, ‘you going to bring that to school with you?'”

“I remember I asked her, you don’t want me to bring it? And she thought about it and said, ‘I do,'” he said. “Two minutes later, she walked back into the room, and she was still on the phone and said, ‘you don’t go to school no more; you’re getting a GED.’ I said okay.”

“She was like, ‘If that’s the way you gotta go to school, you on TV right now, tell Baby and them, get you your GED.’ So I went and got a GED, and I went to college,” he added.

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It’s safe to say that his mother’s decision propelled his career and kept him out of harm’s way at the pinnacle of his young career.