A few months back, a tweet went around that pictured Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert, and 21 Savage, claiming that no one over the age of 30 could identify all the rappers. Lil Wayne is 34, and he seems to be very much in that (lil) boat.
In a new interview with the New York Times, Wayne was asked if he had been following “Yachty, Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, [and] Kodak [Black],” to which he replied, “I swear to God I didn’t know you were saying people’s names just now, so that should probably answer that question. I just do my own thing.”
His answer is hilarious in its innocence, but far from shady. And while he may not be keeping a keen eye on the new wave of rappers, he did praise some of the younger artists he’s worked with recently.
When asked about his collaborations with Chance The Rapper and Solange, and whether he’s been digging deeper emotionally, Wayne said that it all depends on the mood of the music he’s recording. “It’s just the song. If you send me a song about football, then I’m gonna go hard about football. It’s also about the artist,” he said, going on to give it up for the two artists. “These people are turning the clock right now. They are the trendsetters of tomorrow, and I actually pay attention to what they send me. If [my manager] Tez sends me a song and says, ‘I need you to do this verse for whoever,’ I knock it out in that one night and send it right back. When I get the Solange or Chance song, I’m actually riding in my car, banging that. When I put my verse on it, I’m telling my engineer, “Let me get a copy.” The other ones, I’m just sending back to Tez.”
As for the Carter V, it’s still complete, and still better than anything, yes ANYTHING, according to the rapper. “I just listened to it for the first time in months the other day,” he revealed. “I had forgotten every single word on it, because I work every day. I popped it in, and I was like, it’s still so much better than everything I’ve ever heard. Not what’s going on right now — everything I’ve ever heard.”