Lil Wayne once called himself the “best rapper alive,” and with good reason. His output combined with the quality of his rhymes for a few years was unparalleled to this day. However, Lil Wayne doesn’t think anyone is even trying to reach that level of lyrical focus, let alone getting anywhere close to it. He explains this during his announcement of Dedication 6 interview with 2 Chainz and DJ Drama on Shade 45.

Tunechi holds off from outright hating on any newer artists, instead saying, “they settle for what works. And it’s working. It works for them. That’s why you don’t hear me knocking them, you don’t hear me hating. I’m just a part of a different culture, a different wave of music. That wave was Jay Z, Nas, Biggie, at that time it was all about being the best.” The rapper continues by explaining, “nowadays they’re not trying to be the best rapper, or the best at anything. They’re just trying be them and to do what other people say is okay.”

A lot of this echoes things that Royce Da 5’9” observed in our interview with him. It’s really about what’s driving the artist internally, and Weezy is sure to remind everyone that even though, “this is where it’s at,” there is a reason people get more hyped for his new music than anyone else’s. He’s still reaching for that pinnacle, for himself.