Birdman appeared on the “Big Facts” podcast and was asked about a now-famous photo of himself kissing Lil Wayne on the lips in 2006.
The Cash Money Records co-founder, who is now 52-year-old admitted that he did it out of fear, specifically that it would be the last time he saw Lil Wayne, 38.
“I always looked at Wayne as my son and I always looked at it like, ’cause I was in the streets, and I thought this might be the last time he ever see me,” Birdman said Lil Wayne.
“Cause I was living like that. That’s what that s – – t really started from ’cause I thought that every night I leave, I might not ever come back,” He added.
Birdman also spoke on his paternal relationship, “I was his father when he didn’t have a father since he was 9 years old. And I love him like my own, and I’d give my life for him and I’d take a life for him.”
Birdman also said the record producer stated that the only reputable opponent for a Verzuz battle against Wayne would be … Wayne himself.
“Himself, Wayne versus Tunechi,” Birdman said, referencing the frequent Drake collaborator’s nickname. “He got too much s – – t going on, he don’t need to touch that. Come on, brother — this is Tunechi.
“This n – – – – r had 100 singles in one year. He passed Elvis Presley in one year. One hundred songs on Billboard, so I don’t think an individual could top that. The work Wayne put into it, I wouldn’t even play with that s – – t.”
Birdman has previously addressed the smooch during a 2009 radio interview with Tim Westwood.
“That’s my son. If he was right here, I’d kiss him again. I kiss my daughter, my other son you have children? Well, if you did, you’d understand what I meant with it. I just think people took that too far, man. That’s my son. I’ll do it again tomorrow; I’ll kill for him. Ride and die for him,” he said at the time.
Rapper Turk, a former member of the Cash Money Records-signed New Orleans-based group Hot Boys, also spoke about the kiss in 2014. He told VladTV that the record label’s young members looked up to Birdman as a father figure.
“They caught them in a moment [and] the fans and the media made it into an issue that it wasn’t. They’re just like the mob — they kiss each other all the time. And I’m not with Baby and them to this day, but that was just something a n – – – a did in house,” Turk said.