Lil Wayne is once again giving Missy Elliott her flowers.
Tunechi was asked to name his top 5 rappers and he didn’t hesitate to put the “Get Ur Freak On” innovator at the top of the list.
“For me, it’s always going to be first Missy Elliott,” Wayne told FOX Sports’ “What’s Wright” podcast. “She’s a huge influence of everything I’ve ever done.”
This is not the first time Wayne has shown love to Missy. He previously credited the Walk of Fame icon as one of his biggest influences who inspired his early songs including “Block Burner” and “Tha Block Is Hot.”
A humbled Missy reacted to the praise. “Whenever @LilTunechi says my name in his interviews twitter don’t have enough space for me to say my GRATEFULNESS because he is a LEGEND himself who birthed many emcees after him & as a man to acknowledge me as a big influence 4 him I send you love WAYNE,” she tweeted.
Whenever @LilTunechi says my name in his interviews twitter don’t have enough space for me tosay my GRATEFULNESS because he is a LEGEND himself who birthed many emcees after him🙌🏾& as a man to acknowledge me as a big influence 4 him I send you love WAYNE💜 https://t.co/LGNmyq5Sgg
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) May 5, 2022
Wayne also revealed the rest of his top 5, which includes JAY-Z (“The best to ever even speak”) and the Notorious B.I.G., plus hip-hop supergroups Goodie Mob and UGK.
While some have called him the GOAT, Weezy doesn’t consider himself a top 5 rapper. “I can’t touch them guys,” Wayne said when asked why he didn’t put himself on the list. “I would never put myself in my list.”
Wayne can be heard on “Poison” off Jack Harlow’s new album Come Home the Kids Miss You, which drops tonight.