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In a partnership with Mountain Dew and Glu Agency, Lil Wayne proudly unveiled his long planneTrukstop skate park today in New Orleans’ 9th Ward. Paul “P-Rod” Rodriguez, Theotis Beasley, and other professional skateboarders came out to support the Grammy-winning MC’s vision, which occupies a building that survived the 2005 Hurricane Katrina floods.

The move isn’t far-fetched, as Lil Wayne’s love for skateboarding has been well documented for the last year and half. “I thought it would be just a hobby, and I thought only people with skills can do it,” said Weezy. “When you finally get into it and you learn to like it, you’ll quickly learn to love it. It’s more than just four wheels and a piece of wood.” From there, the YMCMB MC expounded on the lifestyle aspect of skateboarding that attracted him to the sport.

“I didn’t think that skating was too popular in my city, so I wanted to do that,” said Wayne, who opened the skate park to keep New Orleans’ youth off of the streets. “I just want to help out my city, help out the people and the kids, give them something to do, something they haven’t done before.”

Considering the dichotomy of New Orleans’ both prior to and after Hurricane Katrina, Weezy’s Trukfit skate park could be a great building block for the development of the city, and particularly the 9th Ward.

See the short interview below.


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