Lil Wayne still has some pre-concert jitters over two decades into his career, and only the soothing sound of one person’s voice has cured his ailments.
During a recent episode of Young Money Radio on Apple Music, Weezy revealed to boxer Terrence Crawford that he listens to Anita Baker before shows to put him at ease, and his stomach aches go away.
“I put on Anita Baker, she take the pain away. I told her to her face too, and she said I’m not the first person to tell her that,” Wayne said. “I looked dead in the eyes and told her, ‘I get a very strong stomach ache and I’ve been getting it since day one. Before I go on stage, there’s nothing that works but you.’
“‘I just put it on shuffle. Don’t matter what the song is. When your voice come through, my stomach ache go away.’ She goes, ‘You not the first person to tell me that.’ I go, ‘See, you know I ain’t lying, then.’ She’s a beautiful hell of a woman.”
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On the music side, Lil Wayne reunited with 2 Chainz for Welcome 2 ColleGrove, which arrived on Friday (November 17). There are plenty of familiar faces on the 21-track effort, including Rick Ross, 21 Savage, Usher, Benny The Butcher, Fabolous, Vory and Marsha Ambrosius.
On the production side, beats come from heavy hitters like Mannie Fresh, Juicy J, Mike Dean, Murda Beatz, DJ Toomp, Bangladesh, Big K.R.I.T. and StreetRunner.
The album plays out like a cinematic, narrative-driven listening experience and is broken up into five “scenes,” with 50 Cent narrating each interlude.
On album standout “Shame,” Tity Boi and Tunechi take turns on the mic and each drop Wu-Tang references, comparing themselves to the dynamic duo of Raekwon and Ghostface Killah.
“2 Chainz and Wayne like Rae and Ghost,” the Atlanta native spits, while his New Orleans counterpart raps: “Wayne and 2 Chainz goin’ Wu-Tang on you,” later adding: “Chainz and Wayne, n-gga, we like Chef and Ghost.”
Welcome 2 ColleGrove serves as the follow-up to Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz’s first full-length collaboration, 2016’s ColleGrove.