News: Drake On Lil Wayne's Young Money Leadership, "He Doesn't Want To Shape Us All"

Monday, Jan 4, 2010 11:40AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Rap newcomer Drake recently spoke on the Young Money leadership skills of Lil Wayne and applauded the emcee's aim to give his artists more freedom.

According to Drizzy, Wayne lets his artists develop naturally.

"I think the best thing about Wayne is that he doesn't really get too involved in us developing as artists," Drake said about him. "He doesn't give his input on how we should be, or how we should rap, or how we should dress. Wayne just gives us the opportunity. If you drop the ball, you drop the ball. But Wayne's gonna give you the set-up. Wayne is gonna throw you the alley-oop -- you just have to cut to the hoop and slam. With that being said, he really gives you the space and lets you become your own person. He respects [artists that know] about themselves. He doesn't want to shape us all. I don't really know who wants to do that anymore. That was like, in '96 or something, when labels would be like, 'You got to be like this.' Wayne doesn't want to do that. Wayne wants us to thrive as the people we truly are, which is great." (MTV)

Last year, Drake compared his studio work ethic to Weezy's.

"Someone would really have to come to the studio to see me and Wayne together and how we work," Drake said in an interview. "It's the same sort of thing. I fear Wayne's creativity. It's endless. It's a scary beast. He never takes one day off. When we get into the studio it is very competitive, but in a good way. You can't just use a line you wrote Tuesday. Every line has to be thought out." (The Boom Box)

R&B singer Lloyd recently addressed rumors of joining Young Money.

"A lot of people think I'm already signed over there, but the truth is that I'm still a free agent and I haven't signed with Young Money/Cash Money," he said in an interview. "I don't want to get into specifics, but I have been talking to them and to some other labels. It's an important decision and we're not gonna rush it. We're both working, but not on anything specifically together. He has The Rebirth and The Carter 4, and I'm working on my new album and a couple mixtapes. There were rumors about us doing a project together a few years back, but that was just wishful thinking by the fans." (New Lil Wayne)

The new Young Money album debuted in the Top 10 last week.

Lil Wayne's Young Money compilation, We Are Young Money, debuted at No. 9 this week. The group's debut album has sold 143,000 copies to date. (Sales Wrap)

Check out Lil Wayne speaking on Young Money below:

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