Lil Wayne has revealed just how badly he wants to headline the 2025 Super Bowl in his hometown of New Orleans.
During an interview with Taylor Rooks for Bleacher Report, Weezy talked about his desire to perform at Super Bowl LIX, which is being held at Caesars Superdome on February 9, 2025.
“Just as bad as I wanted to see my name at the top of that list when I was whatever age it was and I would bust into the office and get that Billboard magazine,” he said about wanting to perform.
“Just as an artist, you know, ’cause this has nothing to do with the sport. As an artist, this is an achievement. This has nothing to do with the sport — that’s so crazy. I don’t care what teams are playing, what city it’s in. ‘You performed for the what?!’ Like, what? Oh man, so that right there is an achievement.”
“Thank God I’ve been on the Grammy stage, and my name has been called, and I’ve won. And I’ve performed at the Grammys and that’s amazing,” he said.
“But I know for a fact that when I do the Lil Weezyana Fest, there’s like a trillion people out there, and being in front of my city and seeing that many people is amazing. So that right there is amazing.”
He added: “So to know that a Super Bowl would be… what?! Going to the Super Bowl and watching the Halftime Show and wishing, when you see the artist, you be like, ‘They could’ve sung the song that I was featured on!’ I’m featured on everybody’s song — you could’ve brought me out!”
The Young Money leader then looked into the camera and apologized to his friends and collaborators ahead of time, saying he plans on bringing out precisely zero guests.
“Please do not feel disrespected if you’re an artist from New Orleans, an artist tied to me any kind of way in the music [industry], but know that’s my moment and I earned that moment. So no, I’m not bringing no one!” he said.
“I’m singing all the hooks that you made, you wrote — I’m singing them! Bobby Valentino, all y’all, I’m singing them! I’m sorry! I am so sorry! I might bring out like a New Orleans jazz great or something like that.”
However, there’s one exception.
“If I have a song with Beyoncé or something at the time,” he said. “If I have a song with Beyoncé, of course. That makes no sense not to.”
If he does land the gig, Lil Wayne would be just the second rapper to headline the Super Bowl Halftime Show following Dr. Dre’s Emmy-winning performance in 2022, which also featured Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent and Anderson .Paak.
Diddy and Nelly previously co-headlined the Big Game in 2004 alongside Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake and others, while Travis Scott, Nicki Minaj, Big Boi, Missy Elliott and Queen Latifah have made guest appearances in the past.