Young Thug On Lil Wayne: “He’s Always My Idol, He Still My Idol.”

The rapper pays homage in an interview on Apple Music alongside hip-hop industry veteran Lyor Cohen.

February 03, 2016

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Young Thug tends to give his most revealing interviews to French journalists, but the rapper's discussion with Ebro on Apple Music got incisive when he was accompanied by his label boss, 300 Entertainment's Lyor Cohen.


He talks meeting and eventually signing with Gucci Mane: “I was like 19, 20...I met Guwop through Peewee Longway...The first day I met Guwop I sold him a watch, a girl Rolex. We was listening to beats and I was like, 'Plug me in, let me go,' and he didn't say nothing. Then I did the song and he said 'Man, who you mess with?' And we just chopped it up then, and then from then, I started going to the studio with him everyday, working, working, working.”

His relationship with Lil Wayne may be fraught with violence, but Thug's respect for Wayne is still there. “I always paid attention to Lil Wayne, close attention. He's my idol, he's still my idol. I still know all his music, everything that he's putting out now, I still know everything, I pay attention to him. When he came in as a Hot Boy, he was a street nigga...But as he grew, tight clothes, and rock star. So I guess I went the same path, because I always paid attention to him. But I never paid attention to live or be like him...He's iconic, I always paid attention to him like that. I never paid attention to him, like, I'd die if I don't be like him.”

The interview also goes into how Thug's mother lets him know which of his songs are “OG,” how “Good Times” with Jamie xx became a reality, and lots more. Listen to the whole thing below.

Young Thug On Lil Wayne: “He’s Always My Idol, He Still My Idol.”