Lil Wayne recently sat down with Vibe for an interview about his Ghost Recon Breakpoint video game commercials, in which the New Orleans rapper also teased ongoing plans for an album with Drake.
Although it seems like Wayne and Drake haven’t fully plotted out the joint project, the Young Money founder said he and the Toronto rapper are constantly working on music together.
“We’re both doing what we do, but he already know,” Wayne says. “We still text and send songs here and there, change a verse because he killed me or change a verse ‘cuz I killed him. It’s still the same competition.”
Wayne and Drake first teased a collaborative album nearly a decade ago. Back in 2010, Drake told Tim Westwood that he and Wayne had discussed a joint project. Less than a year later, Wayne said the unnamed album was “coming up” in an MTV interview. And long before the lawsuit that extricated Wayne from his Cash Money deal, Birdman confirmed to XXL in a 2011 interview that the joint album was in the works.
Following the success of JAY-Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne, however, Drake and Wayne decided to cancel the project.
“Me and Wayne scrapped the idea of a collaboration album,” Drake told XXL in a November 2011 interview. “We just agreed that it would be looked upon as… It would be sort of this competition [with Watch The Throne]. I feel like it would get caught in this whirlwind of hype. [Wayne] agreed. We just said, ‘If we do it, we’ll do it down the line. But right now is not the time.‘”
The duo still continued to collaborate on each other’s songs, including “HYFR,” “She Will,” and “Used To.” More recently, Drake sampled Wayne’s voice on “In My Feelings.” Their last official collaboration is “Family Feud” from Wayne’s 2017 mixtape, Dedication 6.
The two haven’t put out a track together since 2017, but they did originally plan to have a collaboration on Tha Carter V before a sample clearance issue blocked its release. Now that Weezy is no longer a part of Cash Money, and Drake’s situation seems to be headed the same way if he hasn’t already left the label, 2019 seems like the perfect time to finally release that project.
When Wayne finally released Tha Carter V after settling his lawsuit against Birdman and Cash Money, however, a planned Drake feature didn’t make the project because of a sample clearance issue. Additionally, Wayne said they had already released songs originally intended to appear on the album, like “Believe Me.”
Whether or not the full ownership of Young Money that Wayne obtained in the settlement will actually pave the way for a joint album is unclear, as Drake’s label situation is murky at best. Originally signed to Young Money/Cash Money, some of his recent releases have been credited on streaming services under his Frozen Moments imprint.
Regardless, it sounds like there could be enough material to form the beginnings of a joint album should Wayne and Drake be able pull the trigger.