Leona Lewis Gushes Over Lil Wayne

Leona Lewis and Lil Wayne

Leona Lewis was caught by surprise when she unexpectedly received a call from Lil Wayne asking her to perform with him at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. She reflects back on the memory and her lasting impressions of the Cash Money bad boy.

The “Happy” singer, whose new album Echo was released this week, told Rap-Up.com that their unlikely collaboration on the Nina Simone-sampled “DontGetIt” from Tha Carter III came together at the last minute.

“It was really fun. I just remember him calling up and saying, ‘Uhh, can Leona sing on the song?’ And I was like, ‘That’s so random, like, Lil Wayne. Does he even know who I am?’” she laughed. “What could Lil Wayne and I possibly collaborate on, seriously? They played me the song the day before I was supposed to do it and I was like, ‘Hmm, I’m not going to be able to learn it.’ Then I heard it was a Nina Simone sample and I was just like, ‘Oh my gosh. This is amazing.’ So I said, ‘Yeah, I’ll definitely be involved.’”

Lewis got the chance to chat with Weezy offstage and was impressed by the rapper’s manners. “He’s all about that Southern hospitality and politeness, ‘thank you, ma’am,’ and all that. He’s so sweet.”

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7 Comments

  1. cody

    Weezy is rapping the exact same verse that drake raps in the song “money to blow” this video is from 2008 but money to blow came out this year a few monts ago…is drake stealing weezys verses?

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    mad Reply:

    @cody, cody ur a dumbass money to blow is an old ass song but birdshit, i mean birdman, is a parasite to hiphop so he took drakes old song and put it on his album

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  2. depgia08

    hmm yeah thats interesting….wayne even shouts out drake, even when he wasnt well known then….
    my guess is that Drake wrote that for wayne so weezy was shouting him out…

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    truth hurt sometimes Reply:

    @depgia08, no if y’all don’t follow Wayne y’all wont see why he uses that verse because that’s the verse that got drake signed by Wayne y’all should be happy that Wayne showed the world ahead of time who drake was so Wayne gave him a shout to show the world who nexts to come

    and when that show went down drake said he was outside he couldn’t get in but he look at it outside on the big screen and he said he was glad Wayne did that

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  3. T!N0

    You all lyin to ya selves man ahaa
    its drakes verse! but weezy performed coz he liked da verse dats y he souts out drake, drake even said himself
    so all dis crap weezy wrote fo drake o drake stole it o birdman dis its hatin haha
    get over it hataz Young money Cash money takin over. ya digg!!!!!!!!

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  4. DJ Triumph

    T!N0 is right lil wyane love the song so much he had to perform it and that why he shout out drake after he perform that verse.

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  5. Joyams

    Wayne is my favorite rapper and leona lewis has an awesome voice. I hope they will do something else.

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