Mixtape: Sorry 4 the Wait 2 (2015)
Background: Lil Wayne's brand new mixtape is, in part, an unflinching attack against his longtime label, Cash Money Records, which Wayne says is holding his album Tha Carter V prisoner. (The delays have stretched to nine long months so far.) But it's also Weezy's latest turn at rapping over everyone else's beats. For ILoveMakonnen's "Tuesday"—which conquered the world in 2014, along with a remix featuring Young Money's very own Drake—Wayne swerves away from the woozy, boozy original and turns the hypnotic track into an A-through-Z tour of all the women he's...um...romanced.
Note: Weezy mixtape career is (a) possibly his best body of work, and (b) packed with remixes of rap classics by T.I., Nas, Cam'ron, 2Pac, Mobb Deep, Young Jeezy, UGK, Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, and tons more. It's a wonderful world, one that any rap fan or Wayne must explore. For today, we're focusing on Weezy's takes on uber-popular tracks, the ones by pop stars and radio-ruling arena rappers.