I’ve Never Been This Close To Suicide Before – Lil Wayne
Read a new excerpt from Wayne’s Rikers Island memoir “Gone ‘Til November.”
“I ended up thinking about all types of shit. One thing that stood out was how I’ve never been this close to suicide before. It’s truly a new reality for me. I was actually there when this kid that was in mental isolation tried to hang up. What’s really fucked up is that it all could’ve been prevented if the [correctional officers] would’ve just brought him some water.”
He continued that it took him a while to process the incident because “jail desensitizes a lot of things.” He would later reference suicidal thoughts of his own in Solange’s song “Mad.” “And when I attempted suicide, I didn’t die,” he rapped, “I remember how mad I was on that day/Man, you gotta let it go before it get up in the way/Let it go, let it go.”
“Gone ‘Til November” is out now. Order it on Penguin Books.