Drake, Eminem, Kanye West & Lil Wayne
Things have changed a lot since 2009. The release of "Forever," a crew track featuring Drake, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and Eminem, was the peak of hashtag rap, a trend where rappers ditched the "like" or "as" in their similes and just dropped the punchline, much like a hashtag for each individual bar. Drake was the main abuser of the style, but he credits Big Sean's "Supa Dupa Flow" with inventing it.
That's Not Luv (Mastered)
Those who thought Throwback Thursday was a tired concept clearly haven't been keeping up with the grind of OG producer StreetRunner, who has been a close collaborator of Lil Wayne's for much of the Young Money boss' career. On several Thursdays this year, he has gifted the web with pristine reworks of some old Weezy recordings -- those that never got to see a properly furnished release. Today's reissue is titled "That's Not Luv," and it's a sample-driven gem with particularly emphatic and witty bars from the NOLA legend.
DJ Drama Feat. Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne's Dedication series was huge for Lil Wayne, but it was arguably even bigger for its host, DJ Drama, making for some of his most successful and beloved Gangsta Grillz releases to date. Now that Drama is releasing a proper album with Quality Street Music 2, he called upon Wayne for the intro, as Weezy sets the tone of the project just as Dram did on so many of his. The track also finds Wayne in prime form, recalling his work on Dedication 2. It premiered on Ebro's Beats 1 Radio show.
Don't Mind (Remix)
Kent Jones Feat. Lil Wayne & Pitbull
Looking to take his current radio smash “Don’t Mind” to the next level, We The Best artist Kent Jones decides to come through today and share the official remix to his monster single featuring Lil Wayne & Pitbull.
Like Dat (CDQ)
PartyNextDoor Feat. Jeremih & Lil Wayne
This past Saturday, to close out episode 24 of OVO Sound Radio, OVO co-founder Oliver El-Khatib dropped a major exclusive from PartyNextDoor, Jeremih, and Lil Wayne. A radio rip of the collaboration, entitled "Like Dat," soon appeared on the site, and despite the shoddy sound quality, most everyone went ape shit over the track's wicked potential. PND has now provided the CDQ, and wow...DJs better cue this one up for the peak hours tonight. "Like Dat" is produced by the Niagara sensation known as Murda Beatz, who began working with Migos and is now a go-to beatman for OVO.
Heavenly Father (Alternate Version)
StreetRunner is back at it again with another pristine rework of vaulted material from Lil Wayne's heyday. Who could've guessed that one of this year's most exciting release series would consist of remastered versions of decade-old Weezy leaks. Today's exclusive is titled "Heavenly Father," and StreetRunner says that it's an alternate version of "Pray to the Lord," which he released last week. The hook was also used on a Fat Joe track called "Heavenly Father," which appeared on his The Darkside Vol. 1 album.
When talking about the new Toronto scene, one has to mention the name of Jazz Cartier, whose February album Hotel Paranoia recently ranked No. 6 on HNHH's list of the top 20 projects of 2016.
PartyNextDoor & Jeremih Feat. Lil Wayne
As expected, the one-year anniversary episode of OVO Sound Radio proved to be a lit occasion. To begin the episode, Roy Woods' new Waking at Dawn album was played in its entirety, and then Noah "40" Shebib took over and blessed the airwaves with a truly original mix consisting mostly of classic '90s hip-hop and R&B. After 40's guest mix, OVO co-founder Oliver El-Khatib closed out the show with a quick set of new tunes, including one very special exclusive -- a brand new collaboration between PartyNextDoor, Jeremih, and Lil Wayne.
Pray To The Lord (Mastered)
In a year where all our heroes are dying, pretty much the only good thing happening is StreetRunner's periodic TBT series in which he releases mixed and mastered versions of Lil Wayne songs that originally leaked nearly a decade ago. This week: "Pray to the Lord." StreetRunner says that "Pray to the Lord" is one of the main songs that inspired him to mix and master all these old Wayne leaks. The production is deeply soulful, providing the backdrop as Weezy wonders, is there a heaven for a G? Previous StreetRunner X Lil Wayne #TBT masterpieces:
Sucker For Pain
Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Imagine Dragons, Logic & Ty Dolla $ign Feat. X Ambassadors
The highly anticipated "Suicide Squad" movie also has a pretty anticipated soundtrack to go along with it-- we recently got a look at the tracklist, which is stacked with appearances from Lil Wayne, Kevin Gates, Action Bronson, Kehlani, Eminem, Grimes, Rick Ross and many more.
Dash Flash Feat. Lil Wayne
It seems like Weezy is ready to work like it's the mid-'00s again. During a show in Phoenix at the end of last month, Wayne had the crowd chanting "Fuck the Birdman," and he then announced that he's ready to share two new albums (though we wouldn't be surprised if Bird got his hands on both of 'em).
Moolah (Remix) [Full Version]
A couple weeks ago, Lil Wayne & Yo Gotti jumped on the remix to Young Greatness’ smash hit “Moolah,” but it turns out that apparently wasn’t Weezy's entire verse. Today out of nowhere, Weezy decides to give Karen Civil the green light to premiere the full version, which features quite a few more bars & bridges from the YMCMB CEO which we’ll gladly take.
Off Off Off (Cavs Song)
Lil Wayne told us way back on Dedication 2 that all he only watches sports, and you can hear his fanaticism in his constant lyrical references, but once in a while, he goes all out and records a song dedicated to one of his favorite teams. "Green and Yellow" was a tribute to his beloved Packers, and today, he's showing his support for LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are currently facing off against Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.
Spend It (Remix)
Dae Dae Feat. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne
Recently signed to 300, Dae Dae might just be the next young ATL rapper to blow. That seems especially likely considering the remix he's just shared, as he's managed to get the ColleGrove duo of Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz to drop verses on his February track "Spend It." The track is produced Young Trill Beatz.
Cut It (Remix)
OT Genesis Feat. Lil Wayne & T.I.
Those who pinned O.T. Genasis as a one-hit wonder have been proven wrong, as the Long Beach rapper's Rhythm & Bricks single "Cut It" has had similar chart success to his 2014 single "CoCo." And most will agree that "Cut It" is a much better song than "CoCo," especially considering the remix package that Genasis has unveiled.
Lil Wayne Feat. Junior Reid
With all due respect to Tim Westwood's weekly throwback freestyles, the best #TBT hip hop series on the internet is by far StreetRunner's slew of newly mastered Lil Wayne songs from the mid '00s. This week, StreetRunner delivers another gem: “RappaPomPom” featuring Junior Reid.
Young Greatness Feat. Lil Wayne & Yo Gotti
Earlier this month, Young Thug teased his remix of "Moolah," one of the biggest hits to date by Quality Control rapper Young Greatness. Greatness released the remix this morning. The only thing: it doesn't feature Young Thug. It features Lil Wayne and Yo Gotti.
Drake Feat. Lil Wayne
Tonight's OVO Sound Radio episode shaped up nicely. After YG debuted his new single "Why You Always Hatin?" feat. Drake and Kamaiyah, host Oliver El-Khatib unleashed a new remix of VIEWS banger "Hype" featuring Drake's old Young Moolah partner-in-crime Lil Wayne.
Chance The Rapper Feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
Chance 3 will be arriving later tonight, but for those who can't wait that long, Chance has shared a very exciting new collaboration with ColleGrove collaborators Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz called "No Problem". Chance comes through with an incredibly catchy hook over some soul-sampling production, while Chainz and Wayne do what they do best -- pull out the punchlines. Safe to say, the Chicago rapper's new mixtape is shaping up to be something very special.
Do It Again (Mastered)
Veteran producer StreetRunner is at it again, releasing another finely mastered version of an unreleased Lil Wayne track, recorded when Weezy was in his prime. The gift StreetRunner has dropped off today is a remastered edition of Wayne's "Do It Again," one of the many tracks that leaked online shortly before the release of 2008's The Carter III.