Lil Wayne tried to pay an ex-cop back after he saved the rapper's life when he attempted suicide at age 12.
Robert Hoobler a.k.a Uncle Bob was the New Orleans police officer who came to the "How To Love" crooner's rescue after he shot himself in the chest when he was a youngster. It was believed that the shooting was an accident; however, Wayne has since admitted he intentionally shot himself — and Hoobler refused to let the then-child die.
The ex-cop told TMZ he saw the rapper in 2019 when he was in town for a radio show, which was when Wayne (born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.) offered to provide him financial support if he ever needed it.
The artist told Hoobler all he had to do was say the word and Wayne would help him out, Hoobler claimed. While he hasn't taken Wayne up on his kind offer, the two discussed Hoobler joining Weezy's team in some sort of administrative capacity, according to the outlet.
The "Lollipop" rapper is keen on paying Hoobler back, and previously touched on Uncle Bob saving his life in his 2015 track "London Roads." In his tune, Wayne rapped about the cop saving him and suggested Hoobler had died.
However, Hoobler got in touch with Wayne and let him know the rumors surrounding his death were greatly exaggerated. Nevertheless, Hoobler said the influential hip hop artist was prepared to pay for his funeral.
As OK! reported, Wayne recently opened up about his mental health struggles during an episode of “Uncomfortable Conversations with Emmanuel Acho,“ which aired on Sunday, August 15.
The New Orleans native candidly told Acho he decided to share his struggles "hoping I can help anyone else out there who’s dealing with mental health problems by just being vulnerable," adding: "But to me, I look at it by being brave and stepping up."
While recalling his near-fatal incident, Wayne explained he got a call from his aunt letting him know his mom was onto him about the pre-teen lying about half-days at school. She told Wayne his mom was going to throw out his rap folder and that he was going to get his "a** kicked."
“I hung up the phone, thoughts everywhere," he recalled. "Main thought was, ‘I’m gonna show you.'"
Wayne then called the police and went to retrieve a gun in his household. While admitting he got "a little too scared" after he pointed the gun to his head, he decided to proceed with his suicide attempt anyway.
The "Sucker for Pain" rapper said he knew he had a mental health problem when he "pulled the trigger."
Wayne “aimed for [his] heart” and “didn’t feel a thing," he confessed. Surviving his suicide attempt made his former troubled self realize, "I'm here for a reason."