LeBron James named Lil Wayne as the MC who impressed him most at writing rhymes in The Shop.
Fat Joe has collaborated with many artists over his nearly 30-year career. Joey Crack says there’s one rapper who rules the studio.
“Lil Wayne is the best,” he said. “Wayne taught me. Lil Wayne followed 2Pac’s two-album-a-year pace. This guy never went to clubs; he was the world’s top artist and stayed in the studio.
Fat Joe, who worked with Wayne on “Make It Rain” and “About All That,” recalled a studio session where Wayne recorded his show-stealing verse on DJ Khaled’s 2007 hit “We Takin’ Over” and was blown away by his energy, creativity, and confidence in the booth.
“Because I live in Miami and Wayne… He’d get a beat, then fight the speaker. I’ve never seen this, he said. “He’s in a small room with giant speakers, staring at them. He says, “I’m a beast/Feed me Hip Hop” Holy crap! This guy won! He’s a monster.
Fat Joe’s comments echo HipHopDX’s “What Lil Wayne Is Like in the Studio” video. The 18-minute episode features Drake, JAY-Z, Kanye West, Eminem, Nicki Minaj, T.I., and Jadakiss.
Drizzy says in a 2009 MTV interview, “Wayne does this scary, unfair thing, and I’m jealous.” “I’ll play a record and he’ll sit there… he’ll hop up, head to the booth, and lay one, two, or three amazing verses. ‘What happened?’ Did you just make a movie?'”
Fat Joe named his top five rappers in a bonus clip from The Shop, but Lil Wayne was left off. Biggie, Jay[-Z], Nas, Rakim, KRS-One. “It changes often.”