Lil Wayne Admits Past 'Lean' Use Led To Seizures
On Monday, Lil Wayne appeared as the first guest of the second season of Katie Couric's The Katie Show. For the first time since their 2009 pre-Grammy interview, the two reunited to discuss everything from Wayne's health issues, retirement, jail time and more. On the topic of health, the rapper opened up his past penchant for sipping on the infamous cough medicine drink known as "syrup." He told Couric that he was forced to cut down on the drug after suffering a series of seizures earlier this year. Doctors diagnosed him with epilepsy after his recent hospitalization on April 30, but his physician quickly learned that the rapper's body was suffering with symptoms of withdrawal because he was no longer sipping on syrup. “I asked my doctor and I said, ‘Doctor, I haven’t been drinking like that, and I haven’t been drinking nowhere near to where you would be catching seizures from it’, and he asked what else have you been doing? And I’d been taking pain pills [during that time] and we found out those pain pills consist of codeine as well,” Weezy admitted during the interview. “So the lack of drinking the codeine the way I did drink it, it’s kind [of] like a reaction like you’re stopping a drug.” When Couric asked if he still drinks the liquid drug, Wayne responded, “I can’t [drink it anymore]. I was doing too much and the doctor kinda told me, ‘We can’t tell you what to do, but I suggest that your mom tell you to stop.’ [And] she did tell me to stop.” Among other topics discussed on the show was Wayne's oft-discussed retirement plans. When asked about his plans for leaving the music biz, the Dedication 5 rapper confirmed that he will be throwing in the towel at the age of 35 to focus and spend more time with his children. “Whatever they want to do. I don't want to have no influence 'Hey you must do this, you must do that,” he explained about what he looks forward to when having extra time to spend with his kids. “Because I didn't have that, and because[of] that I grew up to be exactly what I wanted to be and how I wanted to be. I want that for all of my kids.” He later added that he's ready for retirement, now. “I know I'll be ready to retire at thirty-five because I am so ready to retire now!” Check out the full interview here. Lil Wayne, who recently wrapped his 38-city America's Most Wanted Tour, will tour European arenas this fall with Mac Miller. The tour kicks off October 9th in Dublin, Ireland. Get your tickets and additional information here.