Seven years ago, Lil Wayne shared a Mother's Day letter from prison on his blog, WeezyThanxYou.com. "[T]he main reason for this letter is to pay tribute to every positive matriarch on Mother's Day," he wrote. "In my eyes, that day is 365 days a year, but I understand the significance of the holiday." He then continued, in a message that resonates on any Mother's Day:
The love between a mother and her offspring is hands down the most beautiful thing God created. More than money, more than fame, more than cars. You know why? Because true love is the only thing that lasts from the moment you're born to the second you perish. To all the mothers who read this letter, I hope this day allows you to feel the love and respect you so rightfully deserve. You are the role models, not me.
Lil Wayne doesn't rap about his mother a ton in his songs. He's not the kind of rapper who will do a whole album about being a gangster and then randomly drop a tribute track to his mother at the end. Generally speaking, he is very much reserved about his personal life in his music, and when he mentions his mother, Jacida Carter or "Ms. Cita," it's often in service of some greater idea. In "Mr. Carter," he muses on his fear of his mother having to attend his funeral. In "Like Father Like Son," he reflects on his mother's views of Birdman over time, which went from thinking Wayne was "with the devil" to thinking the exec was "sent from Heaven." In this song, "Momma Taught Me," he quips, "Momma gave the swag / I walk like the president."
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