Dime: Talk about your relationship with Meek Mill.
LW: That’s a personal friend and partner of mine. We work together lot. We have like 15 or 20 songs together now. We’re just friends, so it’s natural for us when we’re in the studio. It’s two friends that do the same thing and continue to make music, and that’s what me and Meek do. I’ve been helping him with his jump shot too.
Dime: Who did you grow up listening to?
LW: I’ve always been a Lil Wayne fan. I liked Lil Wayne before he was “Lil Wayne.” Bone Thugs-n-Harmony was always playing around my house. Anything Southern – Juvenile, 8Ball & MJG, Memphis stuff, Atlanta stuff.
Dime: Who are you listening to now?
LW: Right now I’m actually more into R&B stuff. A little Usher, Lloyd’s new stuff. But I’m still on hip-hop. I listen to a lot of Meek Mill, of course. Drake is really dope. Wayne is really dope. I like a lot of the underground stuff that’s coming out of Atlanta. Waka Flocka, Travis Porter and Young Chris make good music as well.
Dime: As far as artists and producers, who else can we expect collaborations from?
LW: Anybody that reaches out to me, I’ll do it. I really haven’t been looking for any artists though. The only people we’ve really reached out to are producers. We’ve been looking for Lex Luger and Drumma Boy. Jahlil Beats is basically in-house for us. So not really a lot artists, but we’ve been reaching out to a bunch of producers.
Dime: You have all of these different business endeavors off the court. What needs to blow up first for the rest to fall inline?
LW: Basketball is always the focal point. This other stuff is always secondary. In order for you to have success in the music, the clothing and all of these different endeavors, your home base has to be solid. The more I further my NBA career, that will make all of this other stuff go.
Dime: What are some skills and things you’ve learned playing basketball that have helped you off the court in these different projects?
LW: Patience. I’ve learned patience with my career. I think I can relate to every step of the way – from not playing to having success in the D-League – I’ve experienced it all in my six-year NBA career. That’s taught me to have patience when interacting with other people outside of the basketball court.
Dime: You live your life out in the open on YouTube, but your Twitter is private. Any specific reason for that?
LW: Keeping out media. Plain and simple. I always try to keep my stuff personal with people that want to know more about me, but I don’t want to see my tweets on ESPN or other media outlets. We saw ya’ll on there, and we let ya’ll kick it because we figured ya’ll were cool enough to stay, but everybody else has to go.
Dime: In the beginning of the year, people were picking Evan Turner as a Rookie of the Year candidate, but he had a slower start than expected. What advice have you given him throughout the season?
LW: Just continue to work. Evan put a lot of pressure on himself to be successful, and that comes with the reputation of being a No. 2 pick and the National Player of the Year last year. He has good teammates around him, a lot of veteran guys, and we take good care of Evan. I think he’ll be just fine.
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