Lil Wayne's former bandmate says the media got it twisted ... he did NOT say Weezy is or was strung out on drugs and tells TMZ there's nothing but love between them.
Rapper Turk -- who performed with Wayne in the '90s group Hot Boys -- was asked about Wayne's erratic behavior during a podcast interview last week, and said ... "I used to do heroin, cocaine ... So the only thing I can say about that situation is when you’re under the influence ... anything can come out your mouth."
Several websites took the comment as a shot at Lil Wayne -- but Turk wants to make it clear ... "Not one time did I say that Lil Wayne is on drugs. I was talking about myself having a drug problem in the past and what my problem personally was."
Turk says when the story blew up he immediately reached out to tell Weezy his words had been "misconstrued" ... and they squashed the whole mess.
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