Lil Wayne on His Controversial Lyrics, Rikers Island and Black Lives Matter

In a rare exclusive, the hip-hop legend discusses his love for marijuana and why he doesn't feel connected to the Black Lives Matter movement.
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12 months free at Hip-hop star lil Wayne doesn't ordinarily give interviews but "Nightline" is no ordinary broadcast. A controversial encounter with the rapper is getting major attention on Twitter. Here's ABC's linsey Davis. ??? ??? My name is lil Wayne. Reporter: He's a rapper whose lifestyle has all the trappings of a bona fide rock star. I'm going to marry him! He's my idol. I love his music. Reporter: The past three years "Nightline" has been granted rare access to the reclusive hip-hop icon lil Wayne. I'm a slave for your ear. I'll die to make what you hear great. Reporter: Lil Wayne has been making music for nearly 25 years. With hits like "Lollipop." ??? Reporter: A mogul discovering mega stars like Nicki Minaj and drake. Lil Wayne, born Duane Carter, discover by New Orleans rapper bird man who signed him to his record label cash money. ??? Reporter: Wayne's first taste of mainstream success came with his electric verse on juvenile's "Back that thing up." His lyrics are crafty and calculating. Yet raw and explicit. I know how difficult it was to watch us come up, pants sag missing, bandanas on, repping street things, talking about guns, every verse about how I would run in your house and tie your parents up, something like that. I sold a million records in a heartbeat. It was about lyrics. It was just about -- it wasn't about what you were talking about, it was about how you were talking about it. What do you say to people who call your music vulgar, misogynist advertise offensive, degrading? If that's what you think about the music, if that's what you categorize it under, then so be it. All those things made me who I am. And I am a very successful man. Please keep looking out for more. Because it's coming, baby. So your daughter, would you have any problem with her being called a Or a ho? Yeah, they call her a Or a ho? I have a huge problem with that. Yeah. But I never called a female by that name unless I got a real big problem with her, , yeah. Reporter: To say this father of four is controversial is an understatement. The self-described gangster says he's often misunderstood. That would be the biggest misconception, that I'm some kind of rude, I don't know, like , you so humble, whatever, whatever. But I from the south. I have to be respectful and everything like that because I have someone to answer to. And that's my mom. Reporter: But Wayne doesn't really care what we think about him. He's unapologetic in just about every aspect of his life. What's your relationship with weed? Every day? There's god, there's family, there's my kids, there's music and weed. In that order? Yeah. Reporter: Our journey with wisy started in 2013 at his own private skate park he constructed in Miami. How do you self-describe gangster end up being such a prolific skateboarder? I just fell in love with skating. Plain and simple. The thing you love most about it is landing the tricks. Landing them and landing them well. Being able to say you did that. Reporter: A few months later, he invited us to Amsterdam. Backstage at his sold-out performance. What are you thinking about when you're walking onstage? Usually what's on my mind is just impressing the people. I'm usually trying to feel the crowd out first. ??? being onstage for me is everything I ever dreamed of. I'm always at home onstage. Reporter: Nowadays Wayne has been making more headlines than music due to an ongoing legal batt battle, his completed album remains on the shelf. Which is why he says he chose to release a memoir. "Gone till November" chronicles the eight months he spent at rikers island for illegal weapon possession. When you look at prison, has it been life-changing? I learned a lot about people. You're all on the same level, you're all going through the same thing. Everybody wants to go home. Reporter: But outside of a jail cell, his celebrity status has clearly shaped his perspective. Recently spiring controversy on Fox Sports when he said he personally doesn't see racism because so many of his fans are white. I thought that was clearly a message that there was no such thing as racism. There was a lot of backlash from people about that. Would you change what you said? No, not at all. What's your thought on black lives matter? What is it? What do you mean? The idea was that there was this movement called black lives matter, thinking that the rest of America didn't seem to understand that, that black lives matter. That just sounds weird. I don't know. That you put a name on. It's not a name. It's not -- whatever, whatever. It's somebody got shot by police for a Reason. Young, black, rich -- if that don't let you know that America understand black Matter these days I don't know what it is, don't come at me with that , man. My life matters. Especially to my . Do you separate yourself from it? I don't feel connected to a damn thing ain't got nothing to do with me. If you do you crazy . You connected to this ? . I'm connected. I'm a gang banger, man. I'm connected. Reporter: He ended our interview angrily. . Reporter: Lil Wayne is in the business of making music, not apologies. For "Nightline," I'm linsey Davis in New York. Really? A man who makes his living using offensive language offended by a question? Okay, that's one way to end an interview. This story's gotten lots of reaction on social media. Please weigh in with your thoughts.

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