About two weeks ago, hip-hop and rap fans went into a frenzy when it was reported that rapper Lil Wayne was hospitalized and was in critical condition due to his life-threatening seizure scare.
Now the rapper is feeling much better. He’s announced tour dates with friend and fellow rapper T.I. and even released his 10th studio album, I Am Not a Human Being II, on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.
In his first interview since the scare, Wayne revealed that he is epileptic and blames his health issues on stress. He also spoke about his past health issues, and his feelings towards the media about his condition. Take a look at what he had to say below:
On his seizures:
“The bad news is I’m an epileptic. I’m prone to seizures. This isn’t my first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh seizure. I’ve had a bunch of seizures, ya’ll just never hear about them. But this time it got real bad ’cause I had three of them in a row and on the third one, my heart rate went down to like 30 percent. Basically, I could’ve died, so that is why it was so serious.”
On being hospitalized:
“But the reason being for the seizures is just plain stress, no rest, overworking myself. That’s just typical me though.”
On his past health issues:
“I have people around me. I actually have [the seizures] so much they already know what to do. They already know how to handle it. Certain times I don’t even go to the hospital, but this time, it was real bad because it was three in a row, and I’ve never had three back to back like that.”
On the media coverage, specifically TMZ:
“That’s what they do. I can’t be upset at that. I get upset at my kids when they do things that I tell them not to do. I can’t be upset at TMZ for doing what they do. They gon’ probably come out tomorrow and say something else about somebody else that ain’t true. That’s what they do. The truth isn’t good enough for them, so they gotta twist everything up.”
On a brighter note, Lil Wayne‘s latest studio album, I Am Not a Human Being II, is set to debut at #2 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.
Industry sources suggest the set could sell around 190,000 to 210,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, March 31.
His last studio album, Tha Carter IV, debuted at #1 on the chart with 964,000 in 2011. Before that, his first I Am Not a Human Being album debuted at #2 with 110,000 in 2010 as a digital-only release, before jumping to #1 two weeks later (125,000) once the physical CD arrived in stores.