By Amanda Wicks
Lil Wayne is a busy man…when it comes to everyone else’s work but his own. He’s been featured on Chance the Rapper’s hit single “No Problem” and recently appeared on Solange’s third studio album A Seat at the Table. Even while his own album Tha Carter V has been stalled, it’s collaborations like those that help invigorate Lil Wayne and keep him creatively fueled.
The rapper sat down with The New York Times in an interview published today (Oct. 13) and spoke, in part, about working with so many younger artists. “These people are turning the clock right now,” he said. “They are the trendsetters of tomorrow, and I actually pay attention to what they send me. If [my manager] Tez sends me a song and says, ‘I need you to do this verse for whoever,’ I knock it out in that one night and send it right back. When I get the Solange or Chance song, I’m actually riding in my car, banging that. When I put my verse on it, I’m telling my engineer, ‘Let me get a copy.'” But not everything he hears is a hit. “The other ones, I’m just sending back to Tez,” he said.
Even though Lil Wayne is all about the next generation of rappers, that doesn’t mean he’s kept tabs on every single person making waves in the industry. When asked if he was “keeping up” with Yachty, Uzi Vert, 21 Savage and Kodak, he responded, “I swear to God I didn’t know you were saying people’s names just now, so that should probably answer that question. I just do my own thing.”
The move doesn’t feel intentionally rude. Lil Wayne is just consumed with battling Cash Money Records to release Tha Carter V. He shared that he had listened to it recently, and couldn’t help but brag about what he’d accomplished on the album. “It’s done, sitting and wrapped as is. I just listened to it for the first time in months the other day,” he said. “I had forgotten every single word on it, because I work every day. I popped it in, and I was like, it’s still so much better than everything I’ve ever heard. Not what’s going on right now — everything I’ve ever heard.”
As he raps on “No Problems,” it’s time to free Tha Carter, because his listeners need Tha Carter.