The very first bar of 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne’s new album, ColleGrove, is Tity Boi’s proclamation “If it wasn’t for Wayne, it wouldn’t be a lot of dudes in the game, including me.” It sounds like an exaggeration to the uninitiated, but Friday came yet another example of Wayne’s overall influence on the new generation of rappers.
Rich Homie Quan revealed to United Kingdom’s Acton Entertainment that Lil Wayne is not only his “biggest idol” but he’s also serving as an executive producer on Quan’s debut studio album Rich In Spirit. Quan also confirmed that Ryan Leslie will serve as an executive producer on the album as well and noted that Timbaland will be producing a record on the album.
The “Flex” rapper went on to tell stories about Wayne interrupting studio sessions to skateboard while revealing that he learned a lot from his idol during their sessions together. He also talked about the advice that Weezy’s foe Birdman gave him: “Keep your circle small, never stop recording and believe in yourself.”
For Quan, who had his own split with Birdman a while back, it’s interesting that he’s leaning on Wayne for advice after using Baby in the same capacity in the Rich Gang era. There’s much more to the interview, including Quan’s foray into movies and info his newest mixtape dropping this month.