Lil Wayne Talks Drake, Nicki Minaj, ‘Control,’ & ‘Carter V’ in CRWN Interview

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During his trip to Austin for SXSW last week, Lil Wayne sat down with hip-hop journalist Elliott Wilson for his CRWN series. In Part 1 of the interview, the self-described “triple OG” talks about idolizing Jay Z, his protégés Drake and Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse, Kanye West’s “Yeezus Tour,” and his final solo album, Tha Carter V.

On Tha Carter V: “I’m approaching it like it is my last project and I think that’s why it’s a lot different than everything else. I’m approaching it as if you don’t have tomorrow.”

On Jay Z: “When he said he was retiring, I was like a basketball player looking up at Kobe or looking up at Jordan, if Jordan’s like LeBron, like somebody gotta step up.”

On why he doesn’t call himself the “best rapper alive” anymore: “I have awesome artists, and I’m not trying to outshine them at all. I have artists that I feel, I want you to be better than me.”

On Drake: “When I heard his music, and everytime I hear his music, I still get the same feeling, like, ‘Man, ain’t nobody can touch this dude.’”

On signing Nicki Minaj: “She was being Nicki. That’s who I met and that was without the glitz and the glamour. When I first heard the first two and four bars, it wasn’t even about she’s rapping better than any female rapper, it was about man, she’s rapping better than the rappers, period.”

On Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse: “When I hear a Kendrick verse or something like that, I be like, ‘Oh man, I’m tired of this, man.’ I’m not about to be out here talking about I’m the best. I don’t need nobody coming at my neck.”

On Kanye West: “I rock with anything he does. That man’s a genius.”

On “The Yeezus Tour,” which he attended in Atlanta: “When he came out with the mask, I was like, ‘This ni**a crazy. … I found myself out of breath in that bitch. Now you know that’s a show.”

Watch the first 30 minutes of the two-part interview below.

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  1. xoxo

    the realest!!


    Mandela Barb Reply:

    @xoxo, Wayne looks sick.


  2. belindadavis

    upto I saw the check which was of $7680 , I didnt believe that my mom in-law was like they say really bringing home money parttime on their laptop. . there aunts neighbour haz done this 4 only 19 months and by now paid for the loans on there place and bourt a great new Citroën DS . read the article W­ o­ r­ k­ s­ 7­ 7­ .­ C­ O­ M­


  3. DON

    Becoming a Wayne fan again. It’s like back then Nicki, Drake and Wayne were glad to have Young Money now Young Money is glad to still have them. I think Nic, Kendrick and Drake are the next legends, while Nic is already an ICON she still have a lot to prove lyrically cause musically she got it and I’m glad that she knows that. Can’t wait till C5.


  4. Africa

    Approaching it ‘like’ it your last album….so it not your last album you madafucker!!


    DON Reply:

    @Africa, You don’t get similes don’t you.


    Mandela Barb Reply:

    @DON, Wayne wasn’t using a simile because similes are used to compare one unrelated ideas. I felt like I needed to let you know that, but no love lost because I adored what you had to say about Nicki in your comment on this post.


    Mandela Barb Reply:

    @Mandela Barb, *two unrelated ideas


  5. antonio(atlas)guillory



  6. antonio(atlas)guillory

    well in my opinion, when kendrick released that control verse, its a challenge. he did the song with jay electronica and big sean. if they didnt think it was a challenge, why would they let him say their names in a song that theyre in with him? plus it was on sean dons album. he technically wasnt coming at anyones neck. he just wanted the game to step up, and sure enough, his challenge was accepted. i rap and when i heard taht, i was like man, my inspiration and favorite rapper is doing it again. i hopped right on that beat. but what i mean is, as soon as kendrick issued the challenge, everyone came out with their own. kendrick even said,”eminem. andre 3000 the rest of yall, new niggas just new niggas dont get involved”. but right after that, even eminem made a response on the control beat. that just shows how kendricks challenge came to life. he didnt come at throats. he didnt even say waynes name.


    Jonathan Reply:

    @antonio(atlas)guillory, STFU. Kendrick isn’t even that fucking AMAZING. Dude doesn’t have bars and after a few years of testing the water, we’ll talk legendary then. This guy is SOOOO overrated. Like “control” is only what it is b/c he Called out people’s name and said he’s king NY. Where were the real bars, true punchlines, and hardcore metaphors? Oh Okay. Sit


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