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Lil Wayne Honors Kobe Bryant with a 24-second Moment of Silence

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By Trace Alan Salzbrenner

Lil Wayne dropped his thirteenth studio album Friday, January 31st with his newest album "Funeral." However, the 76 minutes and 4 seconds long collection of songs from the well known rapper used to be 24 seconds shorter than it was released and that is because the rapper added a moment of silence. The short break from the music was added to the song "Big James" after Lil Wayne learned about the tragic passing of one of basketball's legendary players Kobe Bryant.

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The album dropped less than one week after the surprise death of Bryant that occurred from a helicopter crash in California.

Lil Wayne went on FOX Sport's show on the day of his albums release to talk about the albums release and its last-minute addition.

“The message that LeBron said, ‘I’m going to go out and do it for you.’ I believe that’s the message of every single player in the NBA. That’s how they all feel,” Lil Wayne said in the interview.

Lil Wayne in an ally way.
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Lil Wayne credited his producers with being able to make the last-minute changes that the rapper wanted. Since the album has been in production since 2016, changes made in the 11th hour are strange. But, Lil Wayne stated that it wans't hard to make the additions.

"Everyone who's involved with that type of thing, as far as timing and when to turn the album in, things like that, everyone understands at that point," Lil Wayne told the FOX Sports hosts.

Lil Wayne performing on stage.
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The idea wasn't originally Lil Waynes. “That right there, I have to thank my big brother Mack. You know that was an idea he called me with right then and there. A day later, he called me with this idea he thought of and of course, I confirmed it, I agreed with it," the rapper said.

In an interview with Apple Music's Beats 1, Lil Wayne explained more about his feelings on the death of the basketball legend and household name Kobe Bryant.

Lil Wayne on stage.
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“Everybody knows, obviously a very terrible day for sports. But as far as me and with my concern and my thoughts and prayers was just for the family of Mr. Bryant and the family of the others’ lives that were lost from the tragedy, and the situation, the accident,” he explained. “I have kids, man. I have four kids. And I have a beautiful daughter, and I cannot imagine. And I’ve been trying not to imagine. Again, thoughts and prayers to the families.”

You can hear "Funeral" on most music streaming services.

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