Lil Wayne Says Drake Wasn't On 'Tha Carter V' Due to Clearance Issues
Lil Wayne sat down with media veteran Elliot Wilson in his hometown of New Orleans for the latest installment of TIDAL's #CRWN interview series Wednesday night (Oct. 3). Weezy discussed why Drake was left off Tha Carter V, notching an XXXTentacion feature, mending his relationship with Birdman and much more.
The 504 native chalked up Drizzy's lack of involvement with the heavily anticipated LP to clearance issues. "He had a song that didn't get cleared," he said while alluding to songs like "Believe Me" that were meant to be C5 singles. "People be tripping when they find out who it is or when they found out what the subject of the song is about. They don't want that to represent their names. You really don't know why they say no, but that's my opinion."
Wayne went on to admit he "didn't know" who XXXTentacion was prior to having him on the project, which was all Mack Maine's idea. Weezy's right hand also had the responsibility of putting the album's track list together in an orderly fashion. The 36-year-old says they thought about releasing a "40-track" album and he even has another project's worth of content waiting in the wings.
At one point, the Young Money CEO opened up about Birdman's personal apology to him during a performance earlier this year. "I was on stage, I was in performance mode, I was trying to remember the words. Somebody actually had to tell me, ‘Oh, he apologized to you onstage tonight,'" Wayne remembered.
The former adversaries seem to be on better terms, even exchanging text messages about sports happenings including Weezy's beloved Boston Red Sox.
Wilson also pressed Wayne about rumors that the second coming of a "Mr. Carter" collab with Jay-Z could be in the works. "Yeah, I sent him a record but he's busy on tour with wifey right now, so he couldn't meet the deadline," Weezy explained.
Watch Lil Wayne's #CRWN interview in full below.