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Lil Wayne Honors Kobe Bryant on ‘Funeral’ Album

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Lil Wayne pays homage to the Black Mamba.

On Friday, Weezy released his long-awaited album Funeral, which has 24 songs on it. Fans interpreted the number of tracks as an homage to Bryant, who was No. 24 on the Lakers from 2006 up until his retirement in 2016.

Prior to that, Kobe wore the No. 8 jersey. On the album’s 8th track, the Jay Rock-assisted song “Bing James,” the song ends at 3:00. There are 24 seconds of silence before it goes into the next track. Fans believe that the 24 seconds is Wayne’s subtle way of honoring the late NBA champ.

Wayne shared a cover of VIBE with Kobe 10 years ago and even dedicated an entire song to him in 2009. “Black Mamba, attack conquer / Basketball beast, rap monster,” he raps on the track.

During a 2018 “Bumbu Room” interview, he even said Kobe was a better player than Michael Jordan. “Jordan forgive me, but it’s Kobe,” he said.

Upon hearing the devastating news on Sunday, Wayne mourned Kobe’s death on Twitter, writing, “We lost a King. 824.”

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