"It's just the way my life went and so my music went the same way," he said. "We just used the title 'rock' because we didn't want anybody to think I was too different. So we put the title on it before they [did]. It's really just more of Lil Wayne maturing."
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The father of two, who admitted to feeling misunderstood, also addressed his rumored addiction to "syrup," which is a mixture of codeine and promethazine. "I depend on God and motivation," he said. "I don't depend on cough syrup and marijuana. I never have." He did, however, note that he enjoys smoking marijuana and that he is aware of his role model status. "I know that I have a lot of youth following me and I think the best way is to lead by example. I keep that in my head."
To that end, Wayne also expressed the importance of education and revealed he's currently pursuing a college degree online through the University of Phoenix. In 2005, he enrolled at the University of Houston but dropped out due to his hectic schedule.
After some additional banter, including Wayne describing his diamond-encrusted grills as "his form of braces," the rap star took the stage to perform his single 'Prom Queen.' 'Rebirth' is due in stores on June 9.