Lil Wayne Talks Launching Young Money Sports & Signing NFL Free Agent Reggie Northrup
Cash Money and Birdman feud aside, Lil Wayne continues to focus on his business. In an interview with Bleacher Report, the New Orleans rap mogul discussed launching Young Money Sports and recently signing NFL free agent Reggie Northrup.
"We all cut from the same cloth, and it's just that simple. We all from the same type of place, we all love the same type of things," Weezy said about rappers and athletes. "We all wish we were athletes. They all wish they were rappers." Another rapper to cash in on the sports business is Jay Z, who has signed the likes of Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant and Dallas Cowboys' Dez Bryant to his Roc Nation Sports agency. Birdman also recently signed Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans to Cash Money Sports.
"Honestly, it felt like something I was supposed to do," he offered about launching his own sports agency. "I also understood that you can actually help these athletes off the field, off the court and once I figured that out, that's what made me do it."
Having scoped out the likes of Nicki Minaj and Drake, Wayne says he could also parlay his eye for talent in musicians to athletes. "First of all, I had to pay attention to what I was doing as an entrepreneur, as a business man and start to notice that you can do that not only for my fellow artists and other people signed to my label or musicians, I can do that for an athlete as well," he said. "I can help you, for lack of a better term, shine off the field as well."
When it came to adding Northrup to Young Money Sports, Wayne said, "I love his work ethic. I like how hard he works, I like how hard he goes. For Northrup, the admiration is mutual. "He told me how he felt and we just went from there," he said of signing to Wayne's agency. "I was down for the cause. I look up to Wayne. I listened to a lot of his music growing up."
Watch the full interview below.