Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne opened up about his admiration for indie rap veteran Tech N9ne this week, divulging on how a visit from the Stranger Music leader during his jail formed their brotherly bond.
Despite visits from artists like Fat Joe and Diddy, Weezy explained the significance of N9ne’s appearance.
“Visiting me in there was kind of difficult for anyone to do, because I was considered a high-profile inmate,” Wayne said during a concert. “So you had to go through a whole bunch of sh*t just to come visit me. When anybody would come to visit me, I would be over-excited and over-elated because I know they had to go through so much just to come and see me for an hour or two. But there was one brother that came to see me, and his name is Tech N9ne. Ever since that day, we kind of formed an alliance — but it’s a little stronger. It’s kind of like a brotherhood you know?” (Hip Hop DX)
In June, Tech reflected on Wayne’s August 2010 radio interview from jail as he served out a gun conviction.
“When [Lil] Wayne said my name on an interview with Funkmaster Flex from Riker’s Island, when he said he wanted to work with Andre 3000 and Tech N9ne, I knew that was going to awaken a lot of other people that wouldn’t usually look my way,” Tech explained in an interview. “I thought, ‘I already got my fan base. It’s time to clique us up for the new fans coming in, to teach all the new fans how to become technicians.’ So I came up with a pledge.” (Backstage W/ Brooklyn Martino)
Last year, Wayne was asked what artists he still wanted to work with.
“I’ve been saying to myself that I really want to do a song with either Andre 3000 or my man…Tech N9ne,” he said. “Other than that, I’ve been really trying to do a song with this little dude, this boy Weezy. That boy Weezy, he’s stupid [laughs].” (Hot 97)
A month after Wayne’s co-sign, Tech revealed his visit to see the rapper while locked up.
“If anybody got anything bad to say bout Wayne, don’t say it to me cause that’s a real n—a I just visited in there” Tech tweeted September 10th. (Tech N9ne’s Twitter)
Check out some recent Tech N9ne footage down below: