Lil Wayne was just on ESPN the other day, acting out famous moments in sports commentary history. But he's already paid the network another (telephonic) visit, this time as a guest on Cari Champion's ESPN podcast Giving Major Props.
Asked who's got better bars these days, Wayne said, flat-out, cackling, “Man, I annihilate that guy.” Great flex from a guy who's been surfing a raging comeback wave in the last year, coincidentally the same guy who openly hung up his Best Rapper Alive belt back in early 2014. Seconds before the point-blank Q, Weezy warned Champion that he's "a very humble guy," which he demonstrated by turning down a few opportunities to take credit for Drake's rise to the top. (Future's coming for the throne now, though. You've all been warned.)
"I have awesome artists, simple and plain," Wayne told Elliott Wilson in 2014. "I'm not trying to outshine them at all." Later: "So when I was saying [I'm the best rapper alive] like that, I was like, 'I don't care who was on the mic.' Now I have artists that I feel like, 'I want you to be better than me.' ... I want everybody to feel like they're the best at what they do."
On Drake's end of the debate, If You're Reading This It's Too Late featured the line, "Lil Wayne could not have found him a better successor" on "6PM in New York." Before that, 2013's Nothing Was the Same opened with "Tuscan Leather," where Drizzy said, "I'm just as famous as my mentor / But that's still the boss, don't get sent for."
Last but 100 percent not least, although we should all be trained to be wary of this area of Weezy News by now: Tha Carter V—held up for the last year and a half by Cash Money Records—is still on the menu. “What I am working on right now is a comfortable way and a comfortable deal to put Tha Carter V out,” Wayne says. We're comfortable with that.