Weezy is in on the cover of this month’s XXL. In the interview you get the usual brass balls talk that Lil Wayne has become famous for: you know, greatest rapper alive, think what you want, I’m rich. During one of his recent puff sessions he was quoted in Complex magazine saying that he was better than Jay-Z.
Sort of blasphemous in that before his sudden lyrical ascension, a few years ago he talked endlessly about studying Jay’s albums, spoke on the intricate nature of his lyrics and how his albums were the only thing he listened to. There are quotes somewhere, but I can’t be bothered to find them..
XXL asked him..
How’d You go from “best rapper alive, since the best rapper retired” to better than him?
I’m glad you brought that up, ‘cause I just want to apologize to Jay and his family and friends, because I was asked that question and they put it in there like I was just feeling like, ‘Oh, you know what, nigga? I’m better than Jay!’ They came at me like, ‘So you say you’re the best. Can you say that you’re better than everybody? Would you say you’re better than Jay” I was like, ‘ Yeah, nigga, I’m better than everybody!’
But I’d like to throw that apology out there ‘cause of whatever trouble it caused, I ain’t want that to happen.”
Hmm.. They also asked him about the Jay-Z influence.. why not someone from the South?
I’d say because then he’d be doing snap music and a new dance but he had a different answer.
‘Cause he don’t care what nobody like. he cares about what he cares about, and he puts it out that way. There’s a lot of artists that entertain and just do what people will like, but there’s others who do it creatively and it comes from them and make y’all love it.
“.. it ain’t too bad trying to be him. That wasn’t no bad person for me to try to be. And you don’t ever worry about what nobody say. You gotta care about what you do. That’s always been important to me.”
I’m sure if Jay was ever sweatin’ he’ll be happy to hear all that, just so long as the face to face apology doesn’t involve a kiss on the lips.