Lil Wayne Calls Out Eminem, Talks Jay-Z, Carter IV
Lil Wayne is not content with his blockbuster 2008, as the superstar MC is already brainstorming plans for the upcoming year.
In an exclusive interview with BBCÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 1XtraÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s DJ Semtex, Wayne first reflected on his phenomenal 2008 year, starting with his favorite freestyle over his signature song Ã¢â‚¬Å“A Milli.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not gonna front, everyone killed it. I havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t heard a wack [freestyle] yet,Ã¢â‚¬Â Wayne disclosed. Ã¢â‚¬Å“[But] I got to say that Jay-ZÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s in the best version next to Lil Mama, she murdered it. And I got the opportunity to watch her do that live.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Wayne also detailed that the beat for Ã¢â‚¬Å“Dr. CarterÃ¢â‚¬Â was originally created for Jay-Z, but was then switched to him after his verses impressed producer Swizz Beatz.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“He had it for Jay, and he told me Ã¢â‚¬Ëœlisten, I got this record for Jay, but I just want to see what you can do to it,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬Â Wayne revealed. Ã¢â‚¬Å“After he heard what I done to it, the record was for me. It wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t no Ã¢â‚¬ËœI beat Jay out,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ I just did enough where I kept the record. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s real, ask Swizz (laughs).Ã¢â‚¬Â
Seeking to grow his ever expanding collaboration catalogue, Wayne has his aim set on two MCs: underground sensation Jay Electronica and dormant superstar Eminem.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Jay [Electronica] is crazy,Ã¢â‚¬Â Wayne stated. Ã¢â‚¬Å“He probably donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even know that I know his s**t, but that boy, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s cold.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Wayne reviewed that he had reached out to Eminem before Tha Carter III dropped in hopes of a joint song, but received no response from the Detroit nativeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s management.
Now 2 million record sales later, Wayne is more forceful and direct with his request to Slim Shady.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m aight with the raps, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ok to get on a song. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m calling you out!Ã¢â‚¬Â Wayne quipped. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Come on out. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not calling you out to diss me because I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t f*ck with you. But come do a song. PleaseÃ¢â‚¬Â¦with three eÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Moving forward to 2009, Wayne is excited about his upstart label Young Money Entertainment and his young, hungry roster of artists.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m so happy about my label. I feel like a basketball team right before the season and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m glad about all of my players. We ready,Ã¢â‚¬Â Wayne stated. Ã¢â‚¬Å“[I have] Tyga, Jae Millz, Nicki Minaj, Bobby Valentino, [and] maybe Lil Scrappy in a minute. We doing it big.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Confirming his work on a new album entitled Tha Carter IV, Wayne promises that heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll continue to improve as an artist.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Carter IV? ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s gonna be crazy because you know, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m only getting better. Even though IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m getting older IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m only getting better,Ã¢â‚¬Â he reasoned. Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m in my prime right now and my light is shining very. Very bright right now and I know that. So IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m gonna take advantage of that. And I promise you, I will never fail you.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Tha Carter III is available in stores now.