News: Twista Looks To Lil Wayne For Inspiration, "He Did What Tupac Did"

Thursday, Jul 16, 2009 9:55AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Rap veteran Twista has given Lil Wayne high praise as he pointed out the similarities between Weezy and the late Tupac Shakur.

Speaking on Wayne's Auto-Tune usage, Twista also explained the motivation he brings out of him.

"You can't really hate on Lil Wayne for it 'cause no one had done it before in rap," Twista said in an interview. "He was the first one that done it, so, you have to respect that. I love Lil Wayne 'cause one, he did what Tupac did -- brought a lotta records out and exceeded the normal rapper's output. And two, he's one of the last rappers that still makes me want to rap. Like other rappers I listen to and don't feel nothing. But I can listen to Wayne and get inspired to pick up the pad and write something myself." (The Boom Box)

Cash Money co-founder Bryan "Baby" Williams has placed Weezy's status over past and present hip-hop moguls.

"He can rap, he can sing, he's just an artist," Baby said in an interview earlier this year. "I don't think no one will ever be greater because I don't think no one puts in the time or the quality. If someone do come along, can you imagine what he'll have to do? He got to put out on thousand mixtapes, do a thousand records [and] sell 100 million records. 2Pac, Jay-Z and Biggie didn't get to the sh*t Wayne's done." (Vibe)

Having worked with Wayne on tracks like 'Suck It Or Not," Cam'ron recently talked about the Cash Money star's extensive rap sheet.

"Wayne's my man," Cam said in an interview. "I'm proud of him, he worked hard. You know with a lot of people, Wayne's been doing this for years. Wayne had a record deal before I had a record deal, you know what I'm saying? Even though Cash Money been out for 12, 13 years so you know, for him to come up for where he came up, it was all them, B.G., Juvie, Turk, everybody. To see him excel from all that and become one of the hottest people in the game, 10, 12 years later, I'm really proud of him. That's my lil' man." (Street Heat)

Eminem has also spoken about Weezy's positive impact on the rap game.

"I stayed up on the music," Em said in an interview about his past absence. "And without naming any name, it just felt like hip-hop was going downhill...But with this new T.I. album, with this new Lil Wayne album of recent, it seems like things are looking a lot better now. You can appreciate Lil Wayne using different words to rhyme and actually rhyming words that you know. Or T.I., where you hear sh*t and you're like Whoa, ah, I wish I would have thought of that! You know what I mean? Or you hear all the compound-syllable rhyming and all that. It just seems like now the craft is getting cared about more." (XXL Magazine)

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