After rap star Lil Wayne used his instrumental beat for collaborations with Tech N9ne, Andre 3000, Nas, Busta Rhymes, Bun B and Shyne, SOHH hit up Carter IV producer Willy Will to find out which guest feature surprised him the most.
Although Shyne completely surprised him, Willy Will said the elusive OutKast member created the biggest shocker.
“Even though Shyne came out of nowhere I think the biggest shocker to me was probably Andre 3000,” Willy told SOHH. “Especially since he wasn’t listed [to appear]. When you listen, out of nowhere here he comes and I think it’s a shock value because Andre doesn’t even rap but maybe once a year. For him to come out and do this song with Wayne was a big surprise to me. For him to even do the feature was a shock and then for it to be my record, I think that might have been the biggest shocker. Secondly it would be Shyne because I haven’t heard Shyne rap in forever. But first and foremost it would be Dre. Dre doesn’t really kind of do these things often.” (SOHH)
Earlier this month, Willy opened up about snagging a spot on Weezy’s new LP.
“A friend of mine used to be Lil Wayne’s everyday engineer and we are both from Kentucky. We always try to plug each other into what we got going on and kind of keep a circle around us. So he called me and was like, “Hey, Wayne needs some records. Send me some stuff.” It’s crazy because we did this “Intro” [beat] before he went to jail [in 2010]. It was one of those things where you didn’t know if Wayne was going to use the record because he does so many songs. He actually cut the record, let me hear it and everybody was excited. He came home [in November 2010] and [Young Money president] Mack Maine called me and was like, “We’re still going to use the ‘Intro’, so send us a file.” He kind of led me to believe there were going to be some heavyweights on there too. He told me to stay tuned and wouldn’t tell me who.” (SOHH Singled Out)
With Willy’s instrumental used as Weezy’s intro, interlude and outro, rapper Busta Rhymes recently talked about hopping on the album’s final track.
“I actually close out Tha Carter IV. I’m the last voice you hear on Tha Carter IV,” Busta said in an interview. “It’s special because I didn’t know that’s what [Wayne] was gonna do with it…When we did the joint, he didn’t really tell us how he was gonna put it together. All I knew was that when it was done, it was me, Bun B, Nas and Shyne, and I was the last voice to be heard on the album, so I feel honored for that.” (MTV)
To date, Wayne’s latest solo album has sold over a million copies.
Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV dropped two spots to No. 3 with 116,500 behind Adele’s 21 (119,200) and Lady Antebellum‘s Own The Night (347,500). According to Nielsen SoundScan, Weezy’s long-awaited new LP has sold 1,300,600 units after three weeks. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
Check out Willy Will’s “Outro” beat below: