Lil’ Wayne’s Iconic ‘F is for Phenomenal’ Line Was a Mistake

Lil’ Wayne – rapping superstar – has generated one of the longest-lasting rap conversations over what the “F” stands for in one of his nicknames: Weezy F. Baby. It has come to mean a variety of words over the years, (one of them being a certain vulgar word that I will not reproduce here) but it has been revealed that one of its most iconic uses was, actually, a mistake. You know words are important to us at Bookstr, so we wanted to know more.



During a recent interview with Cortez Bryant, one of Wayne’s associates, on Andrew Barber’s Fake Shore Drive, Bryant discussed the story behind the “Weezy F. Baby, and the F is for phenomenal” line off the rapper’s 2009 track “Yes.”

Fans have long loved this line for its apparent humor, but Bryant has revealed that this line was a total error which upset the rapper.

At the 19:11 mark in the interview, Bryant says “The word starts with ‘ph,’ but he said ‘f,’ right. He was like, ‘Oh s**t, I gotta change that.’ We released it. We had an argument about that. He not understanding the concept about digital, and it’s gone now…We had pressed tons of CDs, but he didn’t realize he spelled it wrong, and I didn’t catch it.”



Bryant went on to describe Wayne’s passion for his craft, and how Wayne is a notorious “perfectionist” when it comes to his lyrics:

“Wayne is a perfectionist about that, using his words and prepositions in [the] correct way. He might misspell something on purpose for lyrical exercise and wordplay, but he’s really precise about his wordplay.”

Wayne was very upset that he had made that mistake, even if the line has lived on in fans’ hearts and maybe even made them laugh to this day.

You can watch the rest of the interview below.


Feature image via BET