Lil Wayne Opens Up About His Relationship With His Father, Late Metal Church Vocalist David Wayne

Lil Wayne

Much of Lil Wayne’s life is an open book.  From his early work with The Hot Boyz, to his stunning rise to prominence as the self-proclaimed “Best Rapper Alive”, to his year long incarceration in Rikers Island Prison, to his much publicized feud with famed singing legend Wayne Newton, the public has followed each aspect of Lil Wayne’s soap operatic life with keen interest.  However, one area of his life that he has kept hidden from the public is his relationship with his father, former Metal Church and Reverend vocalist David Wayne.

Lil Wayne rarely talks about his most intimate relationships publically, but in a revealing interview to be published in next month’s issue of Rolling Stone, the top selling rapper in music history talks on the record for the first time about being the son of one of the greatest metal vocalists of all time.  “Growing up on tour with Metal Church got me ready to become the man I am today.  I owe much of my success to having watched my father perform in some of the greatest venues in the world, from Columbus, Ohio to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.”

Lil Wayne even claims that David Wayne inspired his legendary series of albums “Tha Carter 1-4”.  When Lil Wayne was a young boy, David introduced him to his all-time favorite movie “New Jack City”.  He was known to quote Nino Brown, the reputed crime boss played by Wesley Snipes, on a regular basis.  Before he would go out on stage each night, David would look at Lil and repeat the famous line “We’re taking over The Carter” before exploding onto the stage.


After David’s horrible, untimely death in 2005, Lil Wayne went into a severe depression.  During that time, his father’s close friend and former Reverend bassist Birdman stepped in as Lil Wayne’s mentor and “spiritual father”.  In 2008, Lil Wayne recorded “Like Father, Like Son” as a tribute to the two men who had been most instrumental in his life.  On the album, Birdman raps and makes his trademark birdcalls.  Many of the songs also feature prominent samples of Metal Church classics like “Beyond The Black”, “Ton of Bricks” and “Watch The Children Pray”.  While the album is one of Lil Wayne’s lesser-known releases, he considers it his most personal.

Lil Wayne has sold out the largest arenas in the world, dated some of the most beautiful women on earth, appeared in movies and made millions of dollars.  However, his favorite memories revolve around some of the special moments he spent with his father.  “I’ll never forget when I was a small child and would wake up with nightmares.  He would hold me in his arms and rock me to sleep singing a soft lullaby version of “Battalions”.  It’s times like that you never forget.”

The closeness between a father and son is often an important factor in the growth and development of a young person.  Its presence can inspire a wellspring of confidence that a person can fall back on their entire lives while its absence can be an obstacle that a person spends their life trying to overcome.  The impact of Lil Wayne’s relationship with his father has carried him to great heights, a fact that he testifies to in the liner notes of his groundbreaking album “Tha Carter II” where he dedicates the album to David with the simple inscription “To My Father DW:  It Was Youuuuuu…Whoa…Whoa…Ohhhhhh!”

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  1. #1 by Fried Chicken And Metal on October 15, 2013 - 12:57 PM

    In fact, Lil’ Wayne’s first rap pseudonym was Tunna Brixx

  2. #3 by Geppetto on October 15, 2013 - 4:21 PM

    Party on Wayne…party on.

  3. #4 by Vigax on October 15, 2013 - 4:45 PM

    Hey… this is spoof, right??? B/c i just can’t imagine this story being anything but satire! LOL Totally sideways!

  4. #5 by NORSELAW on October 15, 2013 - 5:48 PM

    Birdman is a very underrated bassist. Thank you for giving him some publicity in this regard. Before the bird calls he was the next Cliff Burton.

  5. #6 by Rotten Rod on October 15, 2013 - 10:48 PM

    David Wayne was a friend of mine & I never had a clue……

    • #7 by matt day on October 1, 2016 - 11:19 AM

      Is there a way i can contact you? It is probably a long shot and far fetched, but i also have a story with many ironies that involve david. It would mean a lot if you would be willing to chat with me.

  6. #8 by Batman on October 16, 2013 - 2:19 AM

    So the next issue will say that Bruce wayne is his long lost brother :3
    i hope this is just satire lol!

  7. #9 by Drugg on October 17, 2013 - 12:29 AM

    Yeah this is absolutely fake. Go look at the Metal Church bass players of the past and no where is Bryan Williams (Birdman) listed.

  8. #10 by John Erickson on October 21, 2013 - 9:13 PM

    Dude! Any idea where I can get those wristguards in the second photo? I have a pair of chainmail gloves, and need something for forearm guards!

  9. #13 by ed thrasher on December 1, 2013 - 2:03 PM

    good story,,,,almost had me believing it,,,now it’s back to reality time folks

  10. #14 by diego on March 14, 2014 - 1:45 PM

    this is fake asf man if it was actualy true then im sure metal church and lil wayne would have atleast gone on tour onces

  11. #15 by bryanneiljacobs on March 14, 2014 - 4:41 PM

    This is fake.

  12. #16 by Biggie Smalls on March 15, 2014 - 2:39 AM

    Not fake. The realest of real. This is Bed-Stuy, do or die.

    My father is legendary rock bassist Derek Smalls.

    • #17 by Hikingkate on June 21, 2014 - 9:59 AM

      David Wayne was my cousin and best friend and he only had a daughter, Tonya Lee. He did not have any other children and certainly did not take any on tour with him.

      If he had ever had a son, I’m pretty sure he would not have grown up to become a rapper as Dave was not a fan of rap but instead favored classic rock like Jim Croce, Judas Priest, Kansas, Grand Funk Railroad, and many more.

      This is the fakest article I have ever read in my life.

      • #18 by matt day on October 1, 2016 - 11:29 AM

        Is there any way i could talk with you? My girlfriend has been searching for information about her dad and a ton of ironies have been coming up involving david. Its very far fetched, but theres a lot of bizarre circumstances involved. I guess im just looking for information to disprove this because im kind of stuck it now.

  13. #19 by Monty Santo on June 21, 2015 - 2:19 PM

    Sounds legit.

  14. #20 by Jimmy James Jammerson on November 9, 2016 - 6:45 AM

    A recent DNA test was done after exhuming the corpse of David Wayne and proves that he is not only Lil Wayne’s father but Lil Wayne’s uncles brother too. Lil Wayne was then awarded his late fathers $4.2 billion dollar estate which was built larglely because David was the Imperial Wizard of the Klu Klux Klan.

  15. #21 by Shannon Scott on January 8, 2017 - 8:03 PM

    Was driving home tonight listening to old Metal Church and even paused to think, “wouldn’t it be funny if Lil’Wayne was related.” Boy what a surprise after stumbling upon this article! Yet no surprise at all because of Wayne’s impressive reach and obvious influences. Thanks for the education!

  16. #23 by Ken Allen on January 30, 2018 - 3:59 AM

    The resemblance is uncanny. It’s beyond the black.

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