Lil Wayne sat down with the women of 'The View' to set the record straight on his rumored drug addiction and new album. Dressed in his usual Dickies pants, a white t-shirt and black fedora, the 26-year-old chatted up the ladies about his 'Rebirth' album, which he says is a reflection of his growth as an artist rather than a change in music genre.

"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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    Lil Wayne performs during the 2008 Powerhouse concert at IZOD Center on October 28, 2008 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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    Lil Wayne (L) and Birdman perform at the 11th Annual BMI Atlanta Unsigned Artist Showcase on April 24, 2008 in Atlanta, GA.

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    Kid Rock and Lil Wayne perform "All Summer Long" on stage during the 42nd Annual CMA Awards at the Sommet Center on November 12, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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    Lil Wayne poses in the Awards Portrait Gallery during the BET Hip Hop Awards 2007 at the Atlanta Civic Center on October 13, 2007 in Atlanta, GA.

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    Lil Wayne attends the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards held at Paramount Pictures Studios on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Lil Wayne performs in concert at the Travis County Expo Center on July 10, 2008 in Austin, Texas.

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    Lil Wayne performs onstage at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards on the Paramount Studios lot on September 7, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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    Lil Wayne and Bow Wow enjoy the Miami Heat game against the Charlotte Bobcats on December 8, 2008 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

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    Lil Wayne visits MTV's "TRL" on June 10, 2008 at MTV Studios in New York.Lil Wayne, Tyga, Colby O'Donis, Gym Class Heroes and Akon Visit MTV's

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    Rap singer Lil' Wayne Carter looks on as the Denver Nuggets post a 113-84 victory over the New Orleans Hornets in Game 1 of a Western Conference first-round playoff basketball game in Denver on Sunday, April 19, 2009. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


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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.