Lil Wayne Working On New Mixtape With DJ Drama
Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz appeared on DJ Drama's Streetz Is Watchin Shade 45 podcast Thursday, the day of their TIDAL promotional concert for their Collegrove collaborative project.
2 Chainz says that a second album could be possible with all of the material that the duo recorded.
DJ Drama also reveals that he and Lil Wayne are working on a mixtape. The two of them have released five Dedication mixtapes since 2005.
"It's coming," DJ Drama says.
Lil Wayne takes the time to describe how his approach to making mixtapes has changed through the years. The most recent installment of his series with DJ Drama was 2013's Dedication 5.
"I started no longer wanting Drama to put out only songs I'm doing my own lil remixes to," the New Orleans rapper says. "I started giving him original music. I started approaching mixtapes as to actually getting a little more recognition than albums. So start paying attention to what you're doing and how you're doing it on there, and still doing the same thing. That's why when you ask me what's my favorite Dedication, I'm always going to say the last one because I'm trying to get only better than the last shit."
DJ Drama had previously hinted at Dedication 6 after the release of Tha Carter V, which Lil Wayne says Birdman is holding back from releasing. This feud caused the former Hot Boy to file a $51 million lawsuit against his father figure.
Lil Wayne hosted "The Dedication Tour" earlier this year based off the success of his mixtapes.
Elsewhere in the interview, 2 Chainz and DJ Drama assert Lil Wayne's place as one of the greatest rappers in the game. DJ Drama recalls people criticizing Weezy during the more recent releases of the Dedication tapes.
"People was being extra critical and I'm like, 'Y'all niggas acting like he's not rapping better than 98 percent of the rest of the Rap game regardless of what beat it is going on,'" he says.
2 Chainz details his appreciation for Lil Wayne, who also goes by Tunechi, and why he dedicated Collegrove to celebrating his influence.
"As far as being upper echelon, as far as being a Rap artist on that god level, that's what Tune is," he says. "Everybody tries to be on that level and if they don't be on that level, they settle for where they at and try to manipulate everything."
Lil Wayne agrees that people don't challenge themselves in their music anymore, which has allowed him to remain an elite rapper despite slowing down his output of music.
"They settle for what works and it's working," he says. "It works for 'em. That's why you don't hear me knockin' em. You don't hear me hating, saying this is that or this shouldn't be or you shouldn't do this or you shouldn't do that because it actually works for them. So if it works, it works. I'm a part of a different culture, a different wave of music. That wave was Jay Z, Nas, Biggie. At that time, it was all about being the best. I'm quoted for saying I'm the best rapper alive. Now days, nobody even trying to be the best rapper or the best at anything. They're just trying to be them and do what the other people say is ok. I'm not a part of that culture and I'm damn sure happy I'm not."
Watch the video of Lil Wayne detailing his work with DJ Drama below: