Young Money’s Cory Gunz recently discussed his views of Lil Wayne and the lessons he learned from his boss since joining the label last year.
Impressed by Wayne’s unstoppable energy, Gunz said the rap star taught him it takes full effort to succeed.
“All of his performances, whether it’s a video or a live performance, his energy is always the same: It’s always up,” Gunz said in an interview referring to Lil Wayne. “If there’s anything that I learned from him, it’s definitely to put your heart in it. Regardless if you’re writing a verse for somebody else’s album, write it like it’s for yours.” (MTV)
Last month, Hollywood star Jennifer “J. Lo” Lopez called Wayne one of hip-hop’s current greats.
“I was working out yesterday and I was listening to Lil Wayne and I was just like, ‘Wow. He really says some sh*t,” Lopez explained. “But I was just listening to what he was saying and I really enjoyed it. He might be one of the best out there right now. He might be the best. He’s really good…I love [Nicki Minaj]. I haven’t heard the whole [Pink Friday] album, but I’ve heard her stuff that’s been on the radio and stuff like that. I really enjoy it.” (Hot 97)
West Coast producer Dr. Dre said he respected Young Money’s roster last November.
“It’s aight,” Dre said about the state of hip-hop. “There are a lot of artists that I like, I love Wayne, I love Drake, I love the new artist J. Cole. There’s some new brothers coming out on my record, Slim the Mobster, he’s out of South Central. I think it could be better and hopefully I can do my part to assist in that.” (Rap-Up)
Rapper David Banner recently compared Wayne’s focus to five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant.
“Wayne is like Kobe Bryant right now,” Banner said in an interview. “You know, as Kobe gets older all he cares about is championships. Wayne is in that zone. He’s highly focused and very sharp right now.” (XXL Mag)
Check out some recent Lil Wayne footage down below: