Lil Wayne is honoring the late and forever great Kobe Bryant on his new album #Funeral.
This past weekend we lost another Los Angeles legend, as well as his daughter, Gianna, in a tragic helicopter crash. Since then, the world has totally shifted into sorrow and sadness. Many celebs have taken to social media to send their condolences to Bryant’s family. One of those celebs is rapper-songwriter Lil Wayne, who instead decided to honor the basketball icon on his new album’s eighth track, “Bing James.”
The song features LA rapper Jay Rock, and the song ends with 24 seconds of silence, a hat tip to Kobe’s Lakers jersey number. Fans already assumed the 24-second pause was for Kobe, but one of Wayne’s representatives confirmed it. “You’re going to have to do the season for Kobe and dedicate it to him,” he said during an interview on Undisputed. “The message that LeBron said, ‘I’m going to go out and do it for you.’ I believe that’s the message of every single player in the NBA. That’s how they all feel.”
Wayne says the idea for the 24-second pause came from his “big brother,” Mack. “That right there, I have to thank my big brother Mack. You know that was an idea he called me with right then and there. A day later, he called me with this idea he thought of, and of course, I confirmed it, I agreed with it,” Weezy said.
Wayne, 37, also mentioned how Kobe’s passing affected him during an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1. “Everybody know, obviously very terrible day for sports. But as far as me and with my concern and my thoughts and prayers was just for the family of Mr. Bryant and the family of the others’ lives that were lost from the tragedy, and the situation, the accident. I have kids, man. I have four kids. And I have a beautiful daughter, and I cannot imagine. And I’ve been trying not to imagine. Again, thoughts and prayers to the families,” said Wayne.