The return of "Mixtape Weezy" is imminent with the pending arrival of Lil Wayne's Dedication 4 with DJ Drama, but how exactly does Weezy get into mixtape mode? In a recent phone interview with Drama for Hot 107.9 in Atlanta, Wayne elaborated on the idea of "Mixtape Weezy," a term first coined by Jay-Z on his 2009 single "D.O.A. (Death of Autotune)."
"To me personally," Wayne reveals, "it means that when I'm doing an album, when I'm doing a song I stay on subject and I make sure that I'm saying things on the song that will still [make sense out of context]. I put all that type of thought into making a song when I'm making an album. When it comes to making a mixtape, I don't put half of that thought into it. I just go for whatever comes to my mind and I make it make sense and that's how it goes," he said.
Asked about which of his many mixtapes are his favorites, Wayne name-checked Dedication 2, No Ceilings and SQ6 with The Sqad.
Weezy also talked about watching his old friend 2 Chainz perform on tour with Nicki Minaj. The two famously collaborated on the 2007 Playaz Circle song "Duffle Bag Boy."
“That’s my friend. That’s not my rap buddy. That’s my real friend. I know that guy when he didn’t know how to make no words rhyme," Wayne laughed. "He’s 'Tity baby, put it in the air for me,' And all of a sudden this guy is killing it. He murdered the show. I was like, ‘That can’t be him up there.’ It’s weird to me.”
Tunechi later touched on another one of his old friends who isn't doing so well. B.G., one of Wayne's original Cash Money bretheren, is set to do a 14-year prison sentence and Wayne said he was confident that his Hot Boys comrade would be able to weather the storm.
“It’s terrible. It's unfortunate," he said. "But he’s a man, a real man. He’s a soldier. He’s been through things like that before, so if anybody can handle that, he can.”
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