In the past, Lil Wayne told a story about shooting himself at the age of 12. The rapper always made sure to give credit to officer Robert Hoobler, who saved his life in the near-fatal incident 27 years ago. Now, it appears the officer has passed away.
Hoobler was reportedly found dead in his Old Jefferson home. The officer was suffering from health problems, which stemmed from a car accident requiring both of his legs to get amputated.
A friend of Hoobler—David Lapene said the man always “took care of the public just as much as he took care of the cops.” Look at Wayne’s account of Hoobler above.
Lil Wayne previously caught backlash for his comments on George Floyd’s death after saying “we have to stop placing the blame on the whole force and the whole everybody or a certain race or everybody with a badge.”
Wayne also talked about why he doesn’t choose to speak on issues like the death of George Floyd publicly. Since then, the rapper has clarified his statements via his Young Money radio show, and spoke on his feelings about the police.
Wayne described a time he was saved by white police officer, which is why he views cops in the manner he does. The rapper said “My life was saved when I was young. I was 12 or something, I think. Shot myself. I was saved by a White cop.
Uncle Bob. Therefore, you have to understand the way I view police, period. I was saved by a White cop. There was a bunch of Black cops that jumped over me when they saw me at that door, laying on the floor with that hole in my chest. He refused to.”
The topic of discussion for the latter part of this week has been the death of George Floyd. The unarmed black man is the latest victim of fatal police violence and has sparked a series of protests across the country and, protests are increasingly turning violent in Minneapolis. While on IG Live with Fat Joe, Lil Wayne weighed in on the situation and provided what he thought was sound commentary.
“I think when we see these situations, I think we also have to understand that we have to get very specific. … And what I mean by that is we have to stop viewing it with such a broad view, meaning we have to stop placing the blame on the whole force and the whole everybody or a certain race or everybody with a badge,” said Weezy.
“We have to actually get into who that person is. And if we want to place the blame on anybody, it should be ourselves for not doing more than what we think we’re doing.”
Lil Wayne also explained why he chooses not to discuss these issues publicly. “What else am I gonna do after that?” he asked. “Some people put a tweet out and they think they did something. Some people wear a shirt and they think they did something.
What you gonna do after that? Did you actually help the person? Did you actually help the family? Did you actually go out there and do something? So, if I ain’t about to do all that, then I ain’t about to do nothing. I’ll pray for ya.”
Ultimately, Lil Wayne thinks the key to overcoming these societal issues is learning. “What we need to do is we need to learn about it more. If we wanna scream about something, know what we’re screaming about.
If we wanna protest about something, know what we’re protesting about. Because if we wanna get into it, there’s a bunch of facts that we think we know that we don’t know. … We scream about things that, sometimes, they really ain’t true.”