Lil Wayne is unmasked.
The rap icon shocked his fans as the face behind the Robot on last night’s season premiere of “The Masked Singer,” which aired after Super Bowl LIV.
Weezy performed a cover of Lenny Kravitz’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way” before he was eliminated for the lowest score. He surprised the judges, including Robin Thicke, Nicole Scherzinger, and Jamie Foxx, who guessed the Robot was Shaun White, Johnny Knoxville, or Flavor Flav.
“I’ve done five songs with him,” said Thicke after the reveal. “This is the most shocked I’ve ever been on this show.”
Speaking with host Nick Cannon, Weezy said he chose the Robot costume because of his kids. “When my kids watch the show with me, I know they gon’ like the robot costume so it’s daddy,” he said before adding that he’s sold more records than Elvis.
In a post-show interview, he opened up about the experience. “It was unlike any experience I’ve ever had musically and performance-wise,” said Wayne. “I’ve never done choreography in my life unless it’s like for a wedding and you gotta do the dancing thing.”
He added, “They call me the unicorn period because I don’t go nowhere. I’m never seen and when I am seen, I make sure that it’s worthy of seeing. I’m an anonymous guy.”
Weezy is fresh off the release of his 13th studio album Funeral, which features collaborations with Big Sean, Lil Baby, and XXXTentacion. It is expected to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 110-125,000 equivalent album units.