One of the most popular conversations across social media platforms involves what-if scenarios. Some of these hypothetical thought starters are rooted in truth, like Will Smith turning down a role in “The Matrix” to be in “Wild Wild West.”
As crazy as it may be to ponder, this phenomenon is not uncommon in the entertainment industry. In fact, it occurs with musicians as well, and Lil Wayne is in that number.
In 2016, XXL Magazine reported that during an interview with DJ Drama, Wayne claimed that Jay-Z offered him the opportunity to join the Roc-A-Fella team. Doing so would have meant a departure from his then-label Cash Money Records, but the “Mrs. Officer” rapper took a meeting with the hip-hop billionaire anyway.
Upon entering the meeting room, Wayne saw Jay-Z had a pretty A-list crew sitting with him.
“You know when I went out to talk to him about being at Roc-A-Fella, and mind you, this was years ago. First of all, he was at the 40/40 in the daytime, and when I got up there, he was talkin’, it was Denzel [Washington], it was Derek Jeter…I was like, ‘This is his clique?’ And they up there just laughin’ at jokes I just don’t get,” Wayne explained. “He literally sat me down next to him, and this where all that is going on at, and he sat me right here. Like, ‘You ain’t a part of this,’ you know?”
Wayne mentions that the official business talks were made between the jokes going on in the room. Sean Carter allegedly offered Wayne $175,000 to join his music squad at this juncture. The invitation and money associated with it may have been serious, but Wayne found it kind of funny considering his lifestyle expenses.
“That man offered me 175 [thousand dollars]. I said, ‘Believe that…’ I was looking like…two teeth in my mouth is 175—my bottom teeth. So, we laugh about that all the time,” Wayne said, laughing.
The interview with DJ Drama wasn’t the only time the Young Money mogul spoke about his potential partnership with Roc-A-Fella.
On his mixtape 2005 “Dedication 1” with DJ Drama, he has a track entitled “Wayne Explains His Deal,” where he details his side of the story about potentially joining Jay Z.