The story has long been part of “Best Rapper Alive” Lil Wayne’s legend. It’s not a pleasant one to rehash, but the New Orleans native ended up with a bullet in his chest at just 12-years old. Now 38, the rapper’s story has once again become the center of attention after the artist opened up about the back and forth he’s had with the retired police officer who saved him from certain death.
As Lil Wayne tells it, former New Orleans Police Officer Robert Hoobler was the only officer on the scene who seemed to pay any mind to the dying boy on the floor.
Dwayne Michael Carter Junior—Lil Wayne’s given name—found himself troubled from a young age. Constantly skipping school, it caught up with him one day when his mom figured out what he was up to. Confused and scared, young Dwayne called the police before grabbing a gun and shooting himself in the chest.
“The blood was pouring out of my chest so much that it made it easy for me to slide with my shirt on the wood across the floor. I made it all the way there. All the energy I had left was to kick the door,” Lil Wayne said during an episode of Uncomfortable Conversations with Emmanuel Acho.
Wayne said that the first officers through the door had no interest in his welfare. As he describes, they immediately began searching for caches of drugs and guns. All save one by the name of Robert Hoobler.
“I was spitting all in his face, blood and everything and all I was trying to tell was I’m not a baby,” Wayne continued in the interview. “He kept saying, ‘Do you not see the f***ing baby on the ground with a hole in his chest?'”
Lil Wayne’s Lifelong Bond to Former New Orleans Police Officer Robert Hoobler
Long story short, Officer Hoobler saved a 12-year old Dwayne Michael Carter Junior’s life. In doing so, he unwittingly and singlehandedly shaped the entire genre of contemporary hip-hop. Well, not quite singlehandedly, Lil Wayne also credits God for his unlikely survival.
Yet, even now, despite countless offers of financial support from the rap superstar, Hoobler says he doesn’t need it.
“I don’t want nothing. I just want to say that I’m happy to save a life that matters,” Hoobler told Lil Wayne during a conversation years following the incident, per Blaze Media.
Apparently, when there were rumors of Hoobler’s death, Wayne was even ready to pay for the funeral. These days, however, the rap icon shares the story to help explain his perception of police officers in today’s day and age.
“…Shot myself. I was saved by a white cop, Uncle Bob. So you have to understand … you have to understand the way I view police, period. I was saved by a white cop,” Blaze Media reports Lil Wayne saying last year.