When it comes to Drake and Lil Wayne, the student has not surpassed the teacher.
Wayne playfully affirmed his boss status during an interview for Cari Champion’s Be Honest podcast on ESPN Radio earlier in the month. The interview kicked off with the Lil Weezyana Fest and moved over toStraight Outta Compton and rap battles.
The New Orleans native started by saying that his first annual hometown concert was a major success. “I brought out every era of New Orleans music that led up to me and my music,” he said. “It was crazy to bring those people out and be the last man standing at the beginning and end of the show.”
He gave an SOA review next. “I think it was amazing,” said Wayne. “I think they left a lot out of course, but they had to…they had some characters in there that didn’t get it right, they weren’t the main characters so that didn’t matter. Other than that it was cool to me. I really, really liked it.”
Drake came up when Champion asked Wayne about discovering the Canadian rapper. The YMCMB co-sign gave Drake “confidence” after getting “shunned by a lot of people,” he explained. He also encouraged Drizzy to stick to his signature sound. “I was the one to tell him: ‘Don’t change anything,’” Wayne continued. “Don’t think ‘cuz you coming over here by me you gotta start rapping about the things I rap about, don’t do none of that. Please rap about your little TV show, whatever you wanna rap about. Rap about girls…that’s what you’re good at.'”
October’s Own took his advice to “keep it Canadian,” and it turned him into one of the biggest acts around. That doesn’t mean he’s better than his boss though. When asked who’s the better rapper? Wayne replied with a laugh: “Man, I annihilate that guy.”
There’s no beef here, of course. Drake would probably agree with Wayne, being that he is a protégé of the Young Money founder.