With the upcoming ‘Drake Vs. Lil Wayne’ tour and ‘Tha Carter V’ set to release any time this year, Lil Wayne has been quite busy. The new XXL issue is set to hit newsstands soon and Young Money’s president, Lil Wayne, is on the cover.
In this newest issue of XXL, Lil Wayne speaks on signing both Drake and Nicki Minaj. Lil Wayne admits it took him a while to get into Drake’s music, but things changed once he heard him on one of his own beats. “But [Drake] was spitting and singing and killing that too. It took a while though. It wasn’t until I heard him spitting on one of my beats when I was like, ‘This fool’s retarded.”, says Lil Wayne.
“Call me old-fashioned and country, but with Drake, that was the first time I’d seen someone that knew how to sing and rap. That’s all it was. I didn’t know nobody who knew how to do that. You had those old school singing niggas, where people would do a little eight-bar verse on their songs. But [Drake] was spitting and singing and killing that too. It took a while though. It wasn’t until I heard him spitting on one of my beats when I was like, ‘This fool’s retarded.’ When I hear something that I know I can’t do better? That’s when I’m like, ‘They need to be on the team.’”
“I wanted a female. Every team needs a female to rep your gang. She [Nicki Minaj] was annihilating niggas. I mean males. I was like, ‘I have to beef my shit up on that muthafucka.’ She just knocked it out the park from day one. She’s just Nicki. I don’t know whose idea it was, but it was a good idea.”