With retirement looming in the air, Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne opens up about looking to cash in on his Young Money super stars Drake and Nicki Minaj in the new July/August XXL.
Based on an excerpt from his cover story, Wayne describes the potential of Drizzy.
Luckily for Wayne his superstar Young Money signees, Drake and Nicki Minaj, are sure to keep his pockets fat in his absence. In fact, Birdman, Jr. counts on it. “You already know what I expect,” Weezy says of Drizzy and Nick’s imminent success. “I expect to eat, and eat well. I expect [Drake] to be a lot more successful than he has ever been. I mean, this guy’s a superstar. He is the definition. That’s what I told y’all before he was: ‘That’s the definition of a superstar.’ And like Nicki, he’s only breaking ice. He has yet to be who he’s going to be. I’m banking on them.” (XXL Mag)
Last March, Wayne spoke on believing in Drake during his pre-stardom days.
“The first thing I said was this kid’s a superstar,” Weezy told MTV News about his introduction to Drizzy. “I don’t think you can remember, but I did some interviews back then when they were asking me about him and I said he’s better than me. I can’t sing. I can make a song, but this kid has the actual R&B presence. Then he’s one of the dopest lyricists. That right there, he has a welcoming appearance. I knew he was something bigger than [what] I had envisioned for my company when I ran into this kid. I was thinking I’m going to put my people on and we’re going to be all right, but then when I ran into this kid, I was like, this a superstar, he’s got a chance to make my company something for real, something to be thought of, to be remembered.” (MTV)
Wayne also previously discussed how Minaj’s show-and-prove mentality made her into a star.
“I can’t front, I just thought she was going to be the new female MC that none of these other female MCs can touch,” Wayne said about Nicki. “But now, she’s blossomed into a megastar with this new attitude and this style. Now when I talk to her, I just tell her, ‘Do what you do, baby.’ I used to be able to go into the studio and say, ‘Nah, don’t say that, don’t say that.’ You know, ‘That was better.’ Now, do what you do, baby. I don’t have a clue about what you’re doing right now, but it’s working, do it.” (MTV)
While fans continue to embrace Drizzy and Nicki, they shall await Wayne’s forthcoming Tha Carter IV LP slated to drop in August.
Looks like “John” featuring Rozay wasn’t picking up the steam it needed. The good folks over at Universal just let loose a new release date for Dwayne’s highly anticipated Carter IV which is now August 29th and not June 21st. However, with his recently released left field single “How To Love”, I’m sure the Young Money leader will have plenty of leg room to work that as well as a visual for the effort. Hell, The Martian might be able to let go of another offering as well. (You Heard That New)
Check out some recent Lil Wayne footage below: