Lil Wayne is feeling pretty invincible on the new song “Ain’t Got Time,” a R!o & Kamo-produced track in which he ponders the possibilities of what might have happened to his life and career in the wake of a December 2019 raid on his plane.
The rapper — who got a surprise full pardon from outgoing former president Donald Trump early in the morning of Jan. 20 that saved him from a possible decade-long prison sentence on a firearm possession charge tied to the incident — sounds a contemplative note in the dreamy song featuring an assist from Fousheé.
“Full of vanilla, flyin’ over chocolate mountains/ I stare at the Pacific while I’m smokin’ on a kilometer/ The feds, they hot on us, one hundred on the thermometer/ They raided my private plane, I went got one that’s more privater,” Wayne (born Dwayne Michael Carter Jr.) raps, seemingly referring to a 2019 incident at the Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport that resulted in him pleading guilty in December to possessing a loaded weapon on a private jet. Carter is a convicted felon, stemming from a 2007 gun charge.
On the track, in which he pays tribute to Juice WRLD, Wayne also talks about moving on and up, seemingly feeling invincible now. “Living like I can’t die, fumble with me FBI arrest me, why?/ They can’t nail mе so they just screwin’ me/ I just try, try to hidе/ Sometimes it’s hard to find time to be the good guy and still be someone/ Enjoyin’ my good times more than sometimes, and I just hope,” Weezy rhymes on the pre-chorus before seemingly gloating about dodging hard time as he fires up in celebration.
“I don’t get time ’cause I ain’t got time/ I was high as f–k yesterday, damn, time flies/ Where am I?/ I admit I can’t live when I think too much, too much on my mind,” he says on the track that doesn’t directly mention the pardon or now-former commander in chief.
The rapper did post a thank you tweet, though, on Thursday morning (Jan. 21), writing, “I want to thank President Trump for recognizing that I have so much more to give to my family, my art, and my community.”
As his presidency wound down this week, Trump issued a last-minute pardon to Wayne, and commuted the sentences of Kodak Black and Death Row Records’s Michael “Harry-O” Harris.” This came months after Weezy took a widely criticized picture with the former reality TV host as part of a surprising endorsement that some commenters said, in retrospect, looked like a ploy to get some presidential relief.
South Florida lawyer Bradford Cohen, who helped set up Trump’s October meeting with Lil Wayne, denied the speculation about the seeming quid pro quo in an interview with The New York Times, noting that the rapper’s support likely led the former president to favor him. “It never hurts that someone gets a full understanding of an individual when they’re just looking at a piece of paper,” Cohen told the paper. “In hindsight, I guess it worked out … I think they had a very strong connection.”
Listen to “Ain’t Got Time” and see Wayne’s tweet below.