Lil Wayne Says He Prefers Creativity Over Competition In Rap

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Lil Wayne attends the 65th GRAMMY Awards on February 05, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
Wayne also spoke on "Tha Carter VI" and his latest single with Zane Lowe.

Lil Wayne's Tha Carter VI is creeping closer and closer. Although it has yet to be given a tracklist or release date, Wayne's latest moves suggest it could arrive any day now. Simultaneously with the release of his lead promotional single "Kant Nobody" on Feb. 23, Wayne sat down with Zane Lowe for a chat. On the latest Apple 1 Radio episode of the Zane Lowe Show, Wayne and Zane discussed a multitude of topics. Aside from the obvious Carter VI chatter and his latest single, Wayne divulged about his current creative process. Sounding content, Wayne spoke about how he is not trying to compete with other rappers when making songs.

"This is creativity," he said. "No one gets behind a mic, approaches a song, and says 'I’m making a song so it can be better than this one.' If we all approached it that way, yeah it’d be a competition. This is creativity. Any individual who creates, this is their individuality. They’re putting their growth and creativity out there for you to enjoy. But we also know this is what the world does, so we have no problem with it." With this sentiment, it's clear that Wayne knows fans will pin artists against each other. But, with the storied career he has, that surely does not bother him.

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Lil Wayne performs onstage during the Pre-GRAMMY Gala & GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Julie Greenwald and Craig Kallman on February 04, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

The approach to songwriting that Wayne described likely pertains to his process of making Tha Carter VI. After teasing the album first in 2020, we did not hear of it again until last August. After the Young Money Reunion Show with Drake and Nicki Minaj, Wayne shared the pre-save link for the album on social media. Not much happened following this, though, except for a tour announcement. Kicking off in April and ending in May, the "Welcome To Tha Carter Tour" would predictably come after an LP release, so fans can hear their favorite album tracks live.

When speaking specifically about the project with Zane Lowe, Wayne talked to fans about what they can expect quality-wise and the incredible journey it took to get to this point. "Everybody already know… you already know… come on… it’s Carter VI," he said. "I never even imagined. That didn’t even sound right years ago. I can’t believe we’re at Carter VI. My fans know I give my all. Go listen to my last feature and know it’s gonna be a thousand times better than that." Some of Wayne's recent features include verses on "GOD DID" by DJ Khaled and "Just In Time" by JID, both of which stunned. So, if his album contains output better than this, we are in for an incredible project.


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