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Lil Wayne Speaks On Friendship With Former Rival Jay-Z: 'That Man Helped Me With My Taxes'

Everybody needs a friend like Jay.

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Lil Wayne revealed in a touching moment during the last stop on his tour that Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz were there for him when he needed help the most. 

Months after the release of his much-anticipated album Tha Carter V, Wayne wrapped up his I Ain't Sh*t Without You tour Sunday with a tribute to his fans and close friends.

According to Complex, the New Orleans rapper made a final stop in Chicago. Fans at the concert and those with Tidal subscriptions witnessed Wayne open up about his past financial struggles. He thanked Hov and Swizz Beatz for giving him a hand.

The "Uproar" rapper said Jay-Z, widely known for being a business mogul as well as a legendary rapper, helped Wayne with his taxes. 

"There's people like Jay-Z. He helped me when I was really, really, really down. Really, really, really down," Wayne said onstage in his address to fans. "Jay don't want me to tell nobody. That man helped me with my taxes. He's a real friend, y'all."

Despite a beef between the two music artists that carried on for years and played out through several albums, the two have grown close. Tha Carter V  artist's tour was sponsored by Tidal. In a video announcing the tour, Weezy said he wanted the final stop to be within an intimate setting.

USA Today notes Wayne also gave mega-producer Swizz Beatz some love for providing him with beats. The extra exposure and work were crucial to ending his seeming financial woes.

"There's people like Swizz Beatz that's gonna send me every beat he makes and wants me to rap on every single one until I got my situation straight," Wayne said.

Wayne's latest album was a commercial hit receiving more than 433 million streams, topping the Billboard charts and selling 1 million album-equivalent units by November in the U.S. alone.  "I Ain't S**t Without You" served as the perfect ending to a triumphant year. 

"This year has been amazing, and I’m so grateful for all the love Tha Carter V has gotten,” he added. “There’s no better way to wrap up 2018 than to spend it with the people who mean the most to me—my fans!"

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