Lil Wayne was presented with the I Am Hip-Hop award at the 2018 BET Hip-Hop Awards. During his acceptance speech, Weezy recalled a pivotal moment in his early years when a white police officer saved his life.
At the age of 12, Lil Wayne suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a New Orleans apartment. While most scrambled out of the building, and law enforcement passed Wayne by, a man Weezy calls Uncle Bob made sure he didn’t die.
“There’s a man in New Orleans. His name is Uncle Bob,” Wayne began during his BET Awards acceptance speech. “Came into an apartment one day, he bust in the door, guns drawn. He saw nobody. He saw legs on the floor. It was my legs. He saw blood everywhere. A bunch of police hopped over me, he refused to do so.”
“I never knew — I talked to him the other day — I never knew EMS was on the scene. He said EMS tried twice and they told him there’s nothing. He refused to let that die. Forget an ambulance, he brought me to the hospital himself. He refused to wait, kicked in the doors and said, ‘Do whatever you gotta do to make sure this child make it.’ Not only that, that day Uncle Bob was a homicide detective. He was off on detail. He just heard the call and came. Not only did he refuse to sit … he refused to leave. He stayed and made sure I made it.”
Years ago in 2016 Lil Wayne detailed why he doesn’t believe in racism, reverting back to his encounter with Uncle Bob.
“Yeah, he was a cop, and my life was saved by a white man,” he said in a 2016 interview with The Associated Press. “I don’t know what racism is. I know a good nigga named Uncle Bob, though. He was white as snow. Them niggas that hopped over me were blacker than me. [He] stood there and waited until the doctor said, ‘He’s gonna make it.’”
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