Speaking with HipHopDX at Rolling Loud California, where both artists performed last Saturday (March 4), Curren$y thought back to his days as an artist on the Young Money roster and shared what he remembers most from those early studio sessions.
“Just the volume, the output of songs. Even if he didn’t make the song in five minutes; he might lock in for a few hours to get this one verse down,” Spitta recalled, explaining that Weezy would re-record some verses multiple times until he felt he had really nailed it.
“I don’t go over my shit with as much of a magnifying glass as bro do, and I honor him for that forever and ever,” Curren$y added. “Because I’m just having fun with it, everything is a blessing… But bro is a machine! He want everything out of it and he got everything out of it.”
Despite having been ranked No. 7 on Billboard‘s controversial “50 Greatest Rappers Of All Time” list last month, Lil Wayne has also been getting his fair share of love and recognition over the last few weeks.
During a brief conversation with Baller Alert before the Black Music Collective Global Impact Awards, Joey Bada$$ said he prefers Young Money-era Lil Wayne to Cash Money-era Weezy and added it was his dream as a kid to be signed to the former.
“YMCMB one was crazy. I wanted to be signed to Young Money, fun fact,” the 2000 rapper said. “When I was a kid, word. I had a little bar I was like Lil Diggy and Twista ain’t got nothing on this. I was with the smoke.”
That evening, Weezy took the stage in Los Angeles, California to accept the Global Impact Award at the inaugural Recording Academy Honors presented by the Black Music Collective. After thanking the event’s organizers and those in attendance, he proceeded to offer the audience some insight into his upbringing.
Ahead of his acceptance speech, Wayne was introduced to the crowd with a pre-recorded message from Drake, who also used the opportunity to give his “brother” his flowers.
Still, earlier this year, Lil Wayne’s legacy was met with what some might consider disrespect when MyMixtapes tweeted the question: “Who goes harder Prime Lil Wayne or Current Lil Baby?” The tweet was seen over 700,000 times and reposted close to 1,000 times on Twitter alone in just five days.
The question was also shared by other users across social media platforms who didn’t attribute it to any particular source. Three days into the discussion, Reginae Carter jumped into the conversation to defend her father’s place in Hip Hop; but did so without saying anything negative about Lil Baby or even mentioning his name.
“‘KEEP MY FATHERS NAME OUT YA MOUTH’ [crying laughing emojis],” she wrote jokingly at first. “Nah fr y’all need to stop comparing my dad to the new kids on the block .. gotta stop ! Everybody is super talented and dope ! Let them have their run and time will tell .. but leave that marathon Wayne ran out of it …”
Weezy’s discography includes 14 albums released between 1999 and 2020; six of which have earned multi-platinum certifications from the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) and another three that were certified platinum.
During that same timespan, Wayne also released five EPs and 29 mixtapes, while appearing as a guest on hit singles alongside the Clipse, Drake, JAY-Z, Kanye West, DJ Khaled, Fall Out Boy, Weezer, Destiny’s Child, Chris Brown and Shakira, to name a few, in addition to releases with his fellow Cash Money artists and other Young Money signees.
All in all, Lil Wayne’s singles discography comprises close to 3,000 individual titles. The volume and quality of his output has landed the New Orleans native on multiple Hip Hop superlatives lists over the years.
Thus far in his career, he has earned a total of 143 awards, including four Grammy Awards, four Billboard Awards and eight BMI Awards, with back-to-back Urban Songwriter of the Year wins in 2009 and 2010.