On Sunday night, Lil Wayne’s colleagues, supporters, collaborators and family members got together in style in Miami at the “Welcome Home, Tunechi” party. Hip-hop luminaries like Drake, Bryan “Baby” Williams, Busta Rhymes and DJ Khaled all came out to support Weezy and express just how much they were happy to see him out of Rikers Island and back on the streets. But nobody was happier than protégé Nicki Minaj.
“I’m just so happy. I just want to hold him and hug him and kiss him,” Minaj said of Wayne. Asked about the first conversation they had when they saw each other, Minaj noted that Wayne was completely up on things.
“You know what he talked to me about? ‘Roman’s Revenge,’” she said, referencing the recently leaked collaboration with Eminem from her upcoming debut album, Pink Friday. “He was like, ‘What’s up, Roman?’ I was like, ‘How did you know about that?’ ”
Though she was unsure about the immediate future for her friend and label boss, she certainly had a wish list. “I’m pretty sure he’s going to go tour,” she told Sway on the red carpet before the party. “I’d like to see him do a world tour this time. And I’d love to see him in a movie, I think. I don’t know why. I really want to see him break into that.”
No matter what is next for Wayne, Minaj felt that even though the past several months have been difficult, she feels like it was ultimately positive. “It just feels like no matter what, we always just rise above everything,” she said. “We went through this, and our team is stronger than ever. Wayne, we held you down when you were gone. That’s the craziest thing. It’s the most meaningful thing as a CEO to go away and have your team hold it down.”