Lil Wayne received the I Am Hip Hop Award at the 2018 BET Awards. The award puts the Lousiana native in elite company with the legends of Hip Hop.
A video played with artist like Kendrick Lamar and 2 Chainz speaking on Weezy’s legacy before Bun B and DJ Khaled handed him the award. Wayne walked on the stage with his mother Jacida Carter and his daughter Reginae Carter and delivered an emotional speech about his love for his family and his attempted suicide at the age of 12.
“I must give this award to the people who refused. What I mean by that [is] the people who refused to stop supporting me during all the…you already know. The people who refused to see me as haven’t put an album out in six years, four years. You guys respected me, you guys supported me. You came to every show. You respected every album, every feature. My family. My family refused, refused to stop motivating me. To stop treating me as if I am not the man. As if I am not the father who I am. As if I am not the person who I am. They refused to let me feel anything less. Please give it up to my family.”
For the next part of his speech, Weezy turned to his life-saving benefactor Uncle Bob, who also, as he saw it, refused to stop. In a heartfelt moment, Tunechi recalled the story of the day Uncle Bob saved his life after he attempted to shoot and kill himself at the age of 12.
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“When I say, ‘refuse,’ there’s a man in New Orleans, his name is Uncle Bob,” Weezy begins in the early stages of a memorable anecdote. “He came into an apartment one day. He bust in the door, guns drawn—he saw nobody. He saw legs on the floor. It was my legs. He saw blood everywhere. Bunch of police hopped over me. He refused to do so. I never knew, I talked to him the other day, I never knew EMS was on the scene. He said EMS tried twice and they told him, ‘There’s nothing.’ He refused to let that die.”
Weezy continues, “He told his somebody, ‘Come drive this car. Forget a ambulance.’ He brought me to the hospital himself. He refused to wait, he kicked in the doors. He said, ‘You get whatever you gotta do and you make sure this child make it.’ Not only that, that day, Uncle Bob was a homicide detective. He was off on detail. He just heard the call and came. Not only did he refuse to sit, not only [didn’t] he give me to the doctors and leave, he refused to leave, he stayed and made sure that I made it.”