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Future Joins A Growing List of Artists Selling their Publishing Catalog and Masters

Earlier this week, it was announced that platinum-selling artist Future had sold his publishing catalog for a whopping amount of money. The music-rights company, Influence Media Partners scooped up Future’s catalog for a reported eight-figures. The catalog, which includes solo songs like “Mask Off”, as well as collabs with Drake ( “Life Is Good” and “Jumpman”), Kendrick Lamar, “Selfish” with Rihanna, The Weeknd and others features more than 600 songs that were released between 2004 and 2020. 

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Although the amount may seem huge, it really isn’t all that surprising when you consider Future’s track record. He’s been one of the most prolific and successful artists of the last decade. Future’s most recent album, I Never Liked You which dropped this year and doesn’t count towards the 600+ songs he sold off the rights to— debuted at No. 1 and features the No. 1 hit, “Wait For You.”

What is a Publishing Catalog?

Just what is a publishing catalog, you wonder? According to Songtrust, it’s a collection of works controlled by a songwriter or publisher. When an artist or songwriter sells their publishing catalog, they’re essentially selling the rights to the songs they’ve created. This is a big deal, as the catalog owner controls the publishing rights and the ability to exploit the songs commercially with things like sync licenses. 

With the rise in popularity of music streaming services, owning publishing rights is probably more important than ever. While some may question whether or not Future could have gotten more money, it’s clear as day that his publishing catalog is really, really valuable. This move comes as a surprise to some but not all, since it’s a part of a larger trend. Not only have some of the most well-known artists in the world sold their publishing catalog, but also songwriters and producers have sold the rights to theirs and their masters also.  

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The news of Future’s cash out broke just days after rumor circulated that Ye (formerly known as Kanye West) was looking to sell off his publishing for about $175 million. Kanye later shut those rumors down and the most Ye way. While artists like Ye, his big brother Jay-Z and Taylor Swift have fought for ownership of their music many artists are deciding to sell off all or portions of their lucrative body of works.  

Bling Bling! Lil Wayne once rapped “I made a 100 million dollars flat.” That statement runs truer than ever nowadays. The rap G.O.A.T. brought in big bucks in 2020 after selling his extensive catalog of songs (as well as the rights to much of his Young Money roster’s music) to Universal Music Group. The price tag attached to the transaction of epic portions was reportedly $100 million. Around the same time, Universal Music Group also acquired Bob Dylan’s collection of about 600 songs for a sum of $300 million

When international megastar Shakira decided to unload her extensive catalog, featuring almost 150 songs, she made a deal with Hipgnosis Songs Fund Ltd, another power player in the music rights space. The “Hips Don’t Lie” singer reportedly sold it off for an undisclosed amount. Justin Timberlake did the same thing earlier this year, selling his publishing rights to Hipgnosis Songs, which also has the rights to songs written by iconic writers and producers such as Benny Blanco, L.A. Reid, Timbaland, Mark Ronson, The Dream and many, many others.  

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Canadian music rights management firm, Kilometre Music Group purchased superproducer Murda Beatz and platinum singer Bryson Tiller song catalogs. The announcement was made in the earlier half of 2022. According to the LA Times, John Legend “sold the copyrights as well as the rights to receive royalties from music he wrote from late 2004 through early last year” to KKR & Co. and BMG.

There are just some of the musicians and songwriters who have recently sold their publishing catalogs. And the list continues to grow.

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20 of the Biggest First-Week Sales in Hip-Hop History

In hip-hop, bragging rights hold a lot of weight. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that rappers like to boast about their albums having huge first-week sales. “Get ya brakes tweaked, I sold what your whole album sold in my first week,” Jay-Z once rapped on his lethal diss record “Takeover.”

First-week sales weren’t always a big deal, but by the time hip-hop started to dominate the charts there became an increased interest in the amount of records a particular album sold within its opening week. 

Eminem is the reigning king of opening week sales. With the release of his sophomore album The Marshall Mathers LP, the “Rap God” smashed records for the biggest first-week sales in hip-hop. The album sold a whopping 1.7 million copies in seven days. One of the highest selling artists of all time, Em is responsible for six of the top 20 biggest first-weeks in history. His 2002 album, The Eminem Show is second on the list. Even his movie soundtracks sold a shitload of copies. 

Eminem’s protege, 50 Cent was also a big seller in his musical prime. His debut album Get Rich or Die Tryin’ to this day, has the biggest opening week for a debut rap album. He avoided the sophomore slump when his second album shattered records by moving over 1.1 million in only four days. First-week sales were such a big deal for 50 that he even battled Kanye West for supremacy in 2007. And although he lost to Ye, he still managed to sell just under 700k within a week’s time. 

The other Best Rapper Alive, Lil Wayne was also one of the top-selling artists during his peak. He did a milli in a week with 2008’s Carter III and almost did it again with the fourth installment in his Carter series.  

Drake, who was crowned the artist of the decade, is a G.O.A.T. due to his impact, hit songs and of course, records sold. Even though his most recent album Honestly, Nevermind barely did over 200k in its opening week, his previous album Certified Lover Boy, moved 600k in the same amount of time, and that was with only a week of promotion and without the release of any lead singles. His 2018 album, Scorpion did even better. And the album before that, Views crossed the million mark.  

DMX, Hov and The Notorious B.I.G. have also sold a bunch of records in a week’s span. But which of their albums have had some of the biggest first-week sales of all time? Here are 20 albums with the biggest first-week sales in hip-hop history.

1. The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
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Artist: Eminem

Sold: 1,760,000

Lead Singles: “The Real Slim Shady”

2. The Eminem Show (2004)
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Artist: Eminem

Sold: 1,322,000

Lead Singles: “Without Me”

3. The Massacre (2005)
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Artist: 50 Cent

Sold: 1,140,000

Lead Singles: “Disco Inferno” & “Candy Shop”

4. Views (2016)
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Artist: Drake

Sold: 1,075,000

Lead Singles: “Hotline Bling,” “One Dance” & “Pop Style”

5. Tha Carter IlI (2008)
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Artist: Lil Wayne

Sold: 1,006,000

Lead Singles: “Lollipop” & “A Milli”

6. Tha Carter IV (2011)
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Artist: Lil Wayne

Sold: 964,000

Lead Singles: “6 Foot 7 Foot,”  “John,”  “How to Love” & “She Will”

7. Graduation (2007)
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Artist: Kanye West

Sold: 957,000

Lead Singles: “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” & “Stronger”

8. Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2003)
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Artist: 50 Cent

Sold: 872,000

Lead Singles: “In da Club”

9. Late Registration (2005)
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Artist: Kanye West

Sold: 860,000

Lead Singles: “Diamonds from Sierra Leone”& “Gold Digger”

10. Doggystyle (1993)
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Artist: Snoop Dogg

Sold: 803,000

Lead Singles: “Who Am I? (What’s My Name?)”

11. The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013)
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Artist: Eminem

Sold: 792,000

Lead Singles: “Berzerk,” “Survival,” “Rap God” & “The Monster”

12. Scorpion (2018)
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Artist: Drake

Sold: 749,000

Lead Singles: “God’s Plan,” “Nice for What” & “I’m Upset”

13. Recovery (2010)
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Artist: Eminem

Sold: 741,000

Lead Singles: “Not Afraid”

14. Nellyville (2002)
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Artist: Nelly

Sold: 714,000

Lead Singles: “Hot in Herre”

15. Encore (2004)
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Artist: Eminem

Sold: 710,000

Lead Singles: “Just Lose It” & “Mosh”

16. 8 Mile Soundtrack (2002)
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Artist: Eminem

Sold: 702,000

Lead Singles: “Lose Yourself”

17. ..And Then There Was X (1999)
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Artist: DMX

Sold: 698,000

Lead Singles: “What’s My Name”

18. Curtis (2007)
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Artist: 50 Cent

Sold: 697,000

Lead Singles: “Amusement Park,” “Straight To The Bank,” “I Get Money” & “Ayo Technology”

19. Life After Death (1997)
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Artist: The Notorious B.I.G.

Sold: 690,000

Lead Singles: “Hypnotize”

20. Kingdom Come (2006)
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Artist: Jay-Z 

Sold: 680,000

Lead Singles: “Show Me What You Got”

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OMB Peezy Levels Up With His First ‘Gangsta Grillz’

A rite of passage can be understood as any important act or event that serves to mark a transition from one stage of life to another. One of hip-hop’s equivalents to a rite of passage is Gangsta Grillz. The iconic, DJ Drama-curated mixtape series helped to further cement the likes of Lil Wayne, Jeezy, Pharrell Williams and others as rap greats. Gangsta Grillz even inspired Tyler, the Creator to take it up a notch with his most recent Grammy Award winning album Call Me If You Get Lost

Following in the footsteps of legendary rap veterans, OMB Peezy takes things to another level with his first Gangsta Grillz, MisGuided. Throughout the 16-song tape the Humble Beginnings rapper ups the ante with production provided by hit-making producers such as Hitmaka and Murda Beatz— who crafted the beat for OMB Peezy’s single “100.” NLE Choppa, Morray, and G Herbo also contribute to Peezy’s first project since last year’s Too Deep For Tears.  

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Born in Mobile, Alabama, OMB Peezy moved to Sacramento, California as a preteen. His career highlights have so far included garnering co-signs from the likes of E-40 and collaborating with Lil Wayne, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Nick Cannon and others.

Outside of steadily stepping his game up, a life goal of OMB Peezy is to give game to the next generation. “I wanna be the rapper that shows the youth the positive things, because I know everybody looks up to the rappers,” says OMB Peezy. “I want to show them what they’re supposed to be doing.”


Days before the release of MisGuided, OMB Peezy chopped it up with ONE37pm. He discussed the inspiration behind his new project, working with King Von and DJ Drama, being lit on TikTok and touring with Kevin Gates. Check out the convo below.

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What inspired the messaging behind ‘Misguided’?

Shit, I had a cousin in jail. He was like he wished he would’ve did things different. Then it’s like the OGs I hang around now are totally different than the OGs I used to hang around. They be telling me about stocks. They told me about Bitcoin before Bitcoin blew up. You feel me then? I was so young that it didn’t even register in my mind that they were teaching me some real shit that I needed to know. Now that I got older, I’m like I can’t let nobody make the mistakes that I made. I could have made some real money off of Bitcoin. You feel me? So I can’t let nobody make the mistakes that I made. I’m doing this shit for my kid and my nephews and my nieces.

The video for your King Von-featured track “Get It Done” recently dropped. What does that video mean to you?
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That video means a lot to me, bro. That was one of the last moments I had with Von. RIP Von, I ain’t gonna lie, that video meant a lot to me for real. I didn’t drop the video. His team dropped the video. I been had the video. I seen it and everything, but I ain’t never want to put it out because I ain’t want to be disrespectful to his family, his friends and his kids, so I was just waiting. I was just letting them do their thing.

Tell us about “Mufasa” and why G Herbo was the perfect fit for it.

I make a lot of pain music, so I just wanted to show people that I’m still having fun with this shit, man. Then lately, I’ve been feeling like the king of my city. I been feeling like the king of my jungle. You feel me? So Mufasa, you feel me? And you know, G Herbo has been doing this shit for a long time. He been holding his weight for a long time. So I look at him as another king of his jungle. You feel me? So I had to put him on there.

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My favorite joint is “Need Your Space”…

I was kind of scared of making that song. But a couple girls I was talking to were saying that I have songs about girls, but I don’t got a breakup song. You feel? So I feel like I had to make a breakup song. I was kind of nervous making it because it was kind of outside of my normal vibe. But I feel like I did good. With everybody telling me they fuck with it, that shit makes me feel good. It motivated me to step outside of the box more.

What was your favorite part of working with DJ Drama?

My favorite part of working with DJ Drama was just being around him for real. He’s real cool. He’s the person you just imagine he is. So being around him was just cool as fuck.

Is there anything you learned from working with him on this project?

Shit, that there ain’t no limit. You can keep going as far as you want.

What’s most exciting about hitting the road with Kevin Gates?

I’m looking forward to how therapeutic it’s going to feel.

Speaking of therapeutic, is making music therapeutic for you?
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Yeah. The shit that I can’t talk about in a normal conversation or I can’t bring myself to tell somebody out of fear of being judged or someone changing their outlook on me, I can put it in a song. It’s like a better way of being to me.

You’re super active on TikTok. Why do you think you’ve been able to be so successful (more than 324K followers) on that platform?

Because I’m a genuinely bubbly personality. I can’t help it. I love being funny. I love making people laugh and smile. So TikTok is the perfect place for me to go kill time. I can fuck with my fans and engage with my fans and shit.

Another way that you’ve been able to engage with your fan base is through your content series, ‘Hood Essentials’. What was the initial inspiration behind that project?
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Like I said, I naturally have a bubbly personality. But my fans ain’t know. One time I saw a fan staring at meat a distance. I walked up on her and she was like, “man, I was so scared to walk up on you. I thought you would be unapproachable and shit, but like hell no, you’re cool as a motherfucker. So that’s what made me want to start showing my personality more so they can get a feel for who I really am. People think I carry that pain and shit that I rap about on my shoulders every day. But I want to be happy like everybody else [laughs]

I guess what, what are your future plans for ‘Hood Essentials’? Are they gonna be like more?

Yeah. I’m never stopping Hood Essentials. I cook. I do a lot of outdoor stuff. I did camping. I did golfing. So I’m gonna go back to cooking and. And do different stuff, because I don’t want to get too stuck in cooking. It’s not a cooking show, you feel me? But the show first started off by me showing y’all what to cook when you ain’t got nothing to eat in the house me. I really was just trying to show hood essentials.

Where have you had better food? Alabama or California?

Alabama, Alabama, Alabama.

What was the biggest adjustment you had to make moving from Alabama m to California?

I had to adjust to like the way they do things, the way they say things and the way they move. As far as like the slang words, I didn’t know what the fuck they were talking about. I had to adjust to stuff like how they dressed and how they wore their clothes. I ain’t really like it, but I had to get accustomed to it.

What’s one thing you want listeners to take away from, ‘Misguided’?

That we’ve been through the same things. So if I could change, then so can you.

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These Are the 20 Best Nicki Minaj Videos

Nicki Minaj is a G.O.A.T. Hands down. She’s one of hip-hop’s all time greatest lyricists, one of the genre’s biggest hit-makers and one of the most successful rappers of all time. Her influence is undeniable. She’s basically in a league of her own. 

Her music videos are a big part of why millions and millions of people adore her. Throughout the course of her reign as a queen of rap, she has been one of the most consistent when it comes to delivering dope visuals. Even the videos she’s delivered for her not-so-great songs are unforgettable, in a good way (Think “Massive Attack”). Her video game is so on point that at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, she’ll become one of only 34 artists to receive MTV’s Video Vanguard Award. 

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According to MTV, the gold-plated trophy is awarded to “artists for their outstanding contributions and profound impact on music video and popular culture.” The Video Vanguard Award is only given to artists with a legendary lineup of music videos. Prior to Minaj, iconic acts such as Missy Elliott, Rihanna, Kanye West, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, LL Cool J, Michael Jackson (who the award is now named after) and others have been recipients of the coveted accolade. 

Whether you’re a fan of Nicki Minaj or not, there’s no denying that many of her visuals fall within must-see territory. If we’re talking about fire Nicki music videos, there’s a lot to choose from. There are the classics like “Your Love” and “Super Bass,” as well as more recent joints such as “Do We Have a Problem?”


It’ll be nearly impossible to pick Nicki’s best video, so we saved ourselves some frustration and instead compiled a list of her top music videos. These are the 20 best Nicki Minaj Videos.

“Your Love”
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Year released: 2010

Album: Pink Friday

According to Nicki, she wanted to “tell a love story” with the video for her breakthrough hit. “It’s just kinda liking a guy, where he’s not really for you to like — the forbidden fruit,” she said. “And me and this other girl happen to like him and we go to war.”

“Super Bass”
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Year released: 2010

Album: Pink Friday

Colorful, fun, and catchy, the “Super Bass” video is everything you would expect in a video for a huge pop song.

“Did It On ‘Em”
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Year released: 2010

Album: Pink Friday

This video features behind-the-scenes footage and clips of Nicki performing during the I Am Still Music Tour.

“Moment 4 Life” featuring Drake
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Year released: 2010

Album: Pink Friday

The video for the Grammy nominated single was fresh out of a fairy tale.

“The Creep” featuring Nicki Minaj & John Waters
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Year released: 2011

Album: Turtleneck & Chain

Nicki is caught creeping in a locker for her collab with the Lonely Island boys.

“Stupid Hoe”
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Year released: 2012

Album: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

“Stupid Hoe” is perhaps one of Minaj’s most controversial videos. The explicit video features Minaj calling out her haters.

“Starships”
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Year released: 2012

Album: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

“Starships” is another popular video from Minaj. The video features Minaj dancing on a beach in an energetic and fun atmosphere.

“Right by My Side”
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Year released: 2012

Album: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded

Nas appears as Nicki Minaj’s love interest in this video.

“The Boys” featuring Cassie
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Year released: 2012

Album: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up

“Lookin Ass”
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Year released: 2014

Album: Young Money: Rise of an Empire

“Anaconda”
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Year released: 2014

Album: The Pinkprint

“Only” featuring Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown
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Year released: 2014

Album: The Pinkprint

“Feeling Myself” featuring Beyoncé
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Year released: 2015

Album: The Pinkprint

“Chun-Li”
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Year released: 2018

Album: Queen

“Barbie Dreams”
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Year released: 2018

Album: Queen

“Fefe” 6ix9ine featuring Nicki Minaj and Murda Beatz
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Year released: 2018

Album: Dummy Boy

6ix9ine and Nicki Minaj’s hit song peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is certified 8x platinum.

“Megatron”
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Year released: 2019

Album: N/A

Nicki brings the basement bashment vibes in the video for her reggae-sampling hit.

“Do We Have a Problem?” featuring Lil Baby
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Year released: 2019

Album: N/A

Nicki links up with Lil Baby to make a movie.

“We Go Up” featuring Fivio Foriegn
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Year released: 2022

Album: N/A

Nicki gets sturdy in the video for her collaboration with Fivio Foreign.

“Super Freaky Girl”
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Year released: 2022

Album: N/A

Step into the metaverse with Ms. Minaj.

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Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter” Series, Ranked

Earlier this week, Lil Wayne confirmed that the sixth installment of rap’s greatest series is on its way. During the Young Money reunion concert in Toronto, he announced that he’s working on Tha Carter VI (not to be confused with Young Thug’s Barter 6), which he then confirmed with a post-show Instagram Live.

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Although Wayne isn’t quite at the level that he was at his peak, he’s aged gracefully, having rebounded from the artistic malaise and record label drama that plagued him in the early 2010s. Ahead of Tha Carter VI’s release, here’s the official ranking of the first five installments of Tha Carter hexalogy. 

5. Tha Carter IV
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Of the 15 songs on Tha Carter IV, 14 of them are varying hues of good-enough. The other one, “6 Foot 7 Foot,” is as monstrous as any song that Lil Wayne—or any other rapper, for that matter—has ever made. As the album’s lead single, “6 Foot 7 Foot” is a testament to how undeniable Wayne was at his apex.

Outside of the sample of Harry Belafonte’s “Day-O” which sounds like College Dropout remixed for Magic City, there’s nothing overly accessible about the song; unlike most rap hits, there’s no recognizable hook. Instead, Wayne just raps, slaloming through the beat to create his own melody from his internal rhymes and sheer force of personality.

Whereas Wayne leans too heavily on the then-hot Supa Dupa flow on other parts of the album and ventures dangerously into Big Sean territory as a result, his punchlines on “6 Foot 7 Foot” are some of the most iconic of his career—I will never write anything better than “real G’s move in silence like lasagna” and I have come to peace with it.  

4. Tha Carter V
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Delayed for years by the internecine feud between Wayne and his label, Tha Carter V was shelved until 2018, four years after its planned 2014 release. By the time it finally dropped, Tha Carter V carried nearly a decade of hype and anticipation and moved 480,000 units during its first week, the second highest total of any album in the streaming era.

In this sense, it’s hard to divorce the content from its context. At its worst, the album itself feels dated yet trend-chasing, like a dad wearing Yeezys. At its peaks, it’s a refreshing reminder of how galactically talented Wayne still is—on “Mona Lisa,” Wayne teams up with Kendrick Lamar for one of the best story-telling rap songs in recent memory.

“Uproar” is uproarious thanks to its jangling sample, which Wayne had previously rapped on a Dedication 4 deep cut. The gorgeous, Sampha-featured “Let It All Work Out” is perhaps Wayne’s most affecting song, recounting Wayne’s childhood suicide attempt.

3. Tha Carter II
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As his first album without Mannie Fresh, Tha Carter II was Wayne’s opening salvo that he was, indeed, the best rapper alive. Operating outside of the familiar cadences of Mannie Fresh’s production, Wayne devours west coast g-funk on “Lock and Load,” interpolates Jamaican dance hall on “Mo Fire,” and delivers a virtuosic performance over the muzak-core “Hustler Muzik.”

Not even a baffling Robin Thicke appearance on “Shooter” can derail Wayne. His flows are as gooey as anybody’s in the south; his writing is as sharp as any east coast boom bap traditionalist. If Wayne demonstrated his mastery over New Orleans’ regional sound on Tha Carter, on Tha Carter II he demonstrated his mastery over everything else too.

2. Tha Carter
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Before Lil Wayne became a rockstar and a martian, he was a Hot Boy. As such, Wayne’s early career was defined by his partnership with Cash Money super-producer Mannie Fresh, which reached its apex on Tha Carter. While Tha Carter isn’t as heralded or popular as its sequels, songs like “Go DJ,” “I Miss My Dawgs,” and “This is the Carter” are as appealing as any of Wayne’s future radio hits.

The apotheosis of New Orleans bounce music, it’s a tremendously fun album that induces reflexive head nod. In fact, Wayne’s fourth studio album was so flawless that it basically marked the end of New Orleans bounce music as a viable commercial option because nobody could stack up to Wayne. After Tha Carter, what’s even the point? 

1. Tha Carter III
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Hardcore Wayne-heads might prefer his legendary mixtape run where he tore through other rappers’ beats like the musical answer to Beat Bobby Flay and casual fans might prefer his later Drake collabs, but Tha Carter III is the Lil Wayne album. Throughout his career, Wayne’s greatest strength has been his ability to turn any song into a recognizably Lil Wayne song. His voice is so distinctive, his lyrics are so bright, his flows are so dextrous that he forcibly assimilates any beat to his own style.

Like it’s immediate precedessor, Tha Carter III pulses with immodesty—Wayne is incredible at this shit and he needs you to recognize that. On any given song, Wayne can assume any form or shape or tempo—“A Milli” and “Lollipop” are universal hits that fit seamlessly into any radio rundown, while “Dr. Carter” and “Let the Beat Build” are mellow masterclasses of song-craft. He’s equally at ease coating his voice in auto-tune alongside T-Pain on “Got Money” as he is slipping on a Yankees fitted on the Juelz Santana and Fabolous-assisted “You Ain’t Got Nuthin.”  Here, Wayne grants a peek into the multiverse of his talents—he’s everything everywhere all at once.

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DJ Khaled and Drake’s Top Collaborations, Ranked

DJ Khaled is a multifaceted entertainer. He’s a DJ’s, a producer, a record executive, an undisputed hitmaker, he’s groomed platinum artists and is amazing at promoting the hell out of stuff he’s attached to. The Grammy Award winner also has a knack for collaborating with Drake. The We The Best mogul has been telling us that he’s the best for a minute now. So it’s only right that he teams up with the crème de la crème. The duo have been linking up for more than a decade and it seems like they have more music on the way.

Khaled, who recently received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, teased an upcoming track with Drizzy. In a video posted to his Instagram story, Khaled can be heard saying, “They didn’t believe in us. Drake did.” The social clip was accompanied by a caption that read, “#DRAKEDID ! Vocals been in !!!! ALBUM MODE !”

Khaled’s last album, Khaled Khaled dropped in 2021. Led by two solo Drake joints it became his third album to top the Billboard 200. While we wait to see what these two cook up next, let’s look back at DJ Khaled and Drake’s top collaborations from the past.

7. “Fed Up” – DJ Khaled featuring Usher, Drake, Young Jeezy and Rick Ross
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Released: 2009

Album: Victory

“Fed Up” was the first official link up between DJ Khaled and Drake. It’s probably also their most forgettable collaboration to date. Although this The Runners-produced track features an all-star cast it just didn’t hit like their follow ups.

6. “To the Max” – DJ Khaled featuring Drake
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Released: 2017

Album: Grateful

DJ Khaled’s 2017 album, Grateful, featured a few huge records. Top 10 hits like “I’m the One,” “Wild Thoughts” and “Shining” overshadowed every other song featured on the album, even the Drake song, “To the Max.” One of the least successful collabs between the dynamic duo, “To the Max” only peaked at 53 on the Billboard Hot 100. The experimental track is still a banger however.

5. “Greece” – DJ Khaled featuring Drake
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Released: 2020

Album: Khaled Khaled

“Greece” was first heard when it leaked along with a bunch of other Drake tracks in 2020. The platinum single was an international hit. It charted in the top 10 in several countries, including the US, Canada, New Zealand and Belgium, topping the singles chart in Greece. A dope record, “Greece” just doesn’t compete with Khaled and Drizzy’s best joints.

4. “Popstar” – DJ Khaled featuring Drake
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Released: 2020

Album: Khaled Khaled

Ever so often Drake really goes off on a track, and “Popstar” definitely falls into that category. 6 God with his spicy flow and boastful lyrics floats over the production crafted by one of his go-to producers, OZ. Popstar Justin Bieber stars in the music video that was just as entertaining as the song, which is certified 3x platinum.

3. “For Free” – DJ Khaled featuring Drake
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Released: 2016

Album: Major Key

Both DJ Khaled and Drake were on top of the world in 2016. Drizzy dropped one of his biggest albums, VIEWS and Khaled had a career resurgence off the strength of him being him. The two joined forces for the first single to Khaled’s ninth album, Major Key. “For Free” samples and references several cult classics, including Too Short’s “Blow the Whistle,” Akinyele’s “Fuck Me For Free” and Kendrick Lamar’s “For Free? (Interlude).”

2. “No New Friends” – DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne
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Released: 2013

Album: Suffering from Success

Gang, gang, gang! “No New Friends” was an ode to all of the day-ones out there. The song was initially a remix to Drake’s “Started From The Bottom” and featured contributions from Future. Produced by Boi-1da, Vinylz and Noah “40” Shebib, the final version of No New Friends” became Khaled’s sixth Top 40 hit.

1. “I’m on One” – DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne
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Released: 2011

Album: We the Best Forever

 “I’m on One” helped set the tone for summer 2011. Drake, Ross and Wayne had three of the most anticipated albums at the time of this track’s release and it lived up to all of the hype that they built up. The Grammy nominated single peaked in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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19 Rap Songs that Debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100

TikTok does it again! The popular social networking platform has helped catapult another song to the top of the Billboard charts. After a snippet of Jack Harlow’s latest single, “First Class” trended on TikTok, the full version upon its official release (April 8th) debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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The second single from his upcoming album, Come Home the Kids Miss You has been making noise outside of Tiktok also. With more than 10.6 million streams in the first 24 hours of its release, the single that samples Fergie’s Ludacris-assisted No. 1 hit “Glamorous” had one of the biggest single-day streams of the year on Spotify’s global chart. Currently the fastest selling single of 2022, the Louisville, Kentucky native’s latest hit moved more than 420,000 units in its opening week.

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In the history of the Billboard Hot 100, there have been 17 hip-hop songs that have debuted on top of the chart. These songs represent some of the biggest hits in hip-hop history. This significant achievement is a testament to not only how dope the songs are, but also the popularity of the artists (and producers) and behind them. Once a rare feat, debuting in the top spot has become more and more frequent over the last few years. There were 10 songs released since 2017 alone that spent their first week on Billboard’s singles chart in the No. 1 position. Drake has dropped several first-week-chart-toppers and so has Travis Scott. Here’s a look at all of the hip-hop hits that have debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Jimmy Cooks” by Drake featuring 21 Savage

Debut Date: June 27, 2022

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  • “Wait For U” by Future featuring Drake & Tems

Debut Date: May 9, 2022

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Future landed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for the eight time with I Never Liked You. The album features tracks with Kanye West, Gunna and Young Thug. Pluto’s ninth album also features the Drake and Tems-assisted single, “Wait For U,” which also debuted in the top spot on the Billboard charts. The video for the song that topped the Billboard Hot 100 within seven days of its release racked up 5.7 million views in just four days.

  • “First Class” by Jack Harlow

Debut Date: April 18, 2022

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Jack Harlow has another smash hit on his hands. “First Class” is receiving love from all around the world. The song debuted at No. 1 in the US, as well as in New Zealand and Australia. It also debuted at No. 2 in several countries including the UK, Germany and Ireland.

  • “Way 2 Sexy” by Drake featuring Future and Young Thug

Debut Date: September 18, 2021

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The first official single from Drake’s Certified Lover Boy claimed the top spot on the Hot 100 after a massive streaming week “Way 2 Sexy” led the way on the single’s chart, while nine other CLB tracks occupied the top 10 slots on the chart, making Drizzy the first artist in history to do so. “Way 2 Sexy” became the 6 God’s ninth number-one and extended his reign as the rap star with the most No. 1 songs in history.

  • “Rapstar” by Polo G

Debut Date: April 24, 2021

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Polo G is leading the way as one of hip-hop’s next undisputed superstars. He further cemented his status in the game with “Rapstar,” his first Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper. With more than 77.7 million streams in its first seven days, the lead single to Polo’s first No. 1 album, Hall Of Fame, became an instant hit. 

  • “What’s Next” by Drake

Debut Date: March 20, 2021

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If in 2021, you wondered what was next for Drake, he had an answer for you: more hits! “What’s Next,” the lead single for his three-track, Scary Hours 2 ep, conquered the Hot 100 immediately after its release. While the high energy track landed at No. 1, the accompanying tracks “Wants and Needs,” featuring Lil Baby and the Rick Ross-assisted “Lemon Pepper Freestyle” occupied the No. 2 and 3 spots. Drake became the first artist ever to have three singles debut in the top three positions of the Hot 100.

  • “Franchise” by Travis Scott featuring Young Thug and MIA

Debut Date: Oct. 10, 2020

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Travis Scott has been a franchise player for a while. The Cactus Jack head honcho was assisted by all stars Young Thug and MIA for “Franchise,” his third number-one debut. The hit single was at the time supposed to be the lead single for Scott’s fifth solo album, Utopia. Scott is the only artist to have three songs debut at number-one in less than a year.

  • “WAP” by Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion

Debut Date: Aug. 22, 2020

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What happens when two of the biggest female rappers of the moment come together? Well, when Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion connected for “WAP,” they almost broke the internet. Their bass heavy, sex-positive Balitimore club-inspired banger spent four week on top of the Billboard Hot 100. With the immediate success of “WAP,” Cardi became the first female rapper to chart a No. 1 in two decades. “WAP” was her fourth and Megan’s second chart-topping single.

  • “Trollz” by 6ix9ine & Nicki Minaj

Debut Date: June 27, 2020

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Controversy sells and the career of 6ix9ine has been proof. For his single, the infamous rapper linked up with Nicki Minaj for a third time. The combination of controversy and lots of hype resulted in the tandems’ track debuting at No. 1. The track only spent four weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.

  • “The Scotts” by Travis Scott & Kid Cudi

Debut Date: May 9, 2020

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The legend known as Kid Cudi made his first appearance on top of the Billboard Hot 100 with “The Scott’s,” the 2020 collab between him and Travis Scott. Following the huge debut of the single produced by Take A Daytrip, Dot da Genius and Plain Pat, Scott became one of only six artists in history to have multiple songs debut at No. 1.

  • “Toosie Slide” by Drake

Debut Date: April 18, 2020

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“Toosie Slide” became Drake’s third number-one debut on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as his seventh chart-topping song. The song named after social influencer, Toosie was the lead single from Drizzy’s Dark Lane Demo Tapes mixtape.

  • “Highest In The Room” by Travis Scott

Debut Date: Oct. 19, 2019

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The 2019 single brought in 59 million streams in its first week and was remixed by Lil Baby and Latin star Rosalia.

  • “This Is America” by Childish Gambino

Debut Date: May 19, 2018

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“This Is America” was the 31st song to spend its opening week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also Childish Gambino’s first chart-topping and top ten single. It went on to win four Grammy Awards, including Best Rap/Sung Performance, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Music Video. “This Is America” became the first rap song to take home the Grammy trophies for both Record and Song of the Year.

  • “Nice for What” by Drake

Debut Date: April 21, 2018

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An ode to the independent women out there, “Nice for What” contained a sample of Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor,” as well as vocals from Big Freedia. Upon its debut, it replaced “God’s Plan” in the No. 1 spot, making Drake the first artist in history to replace one No.1 debut with another No.1 debut. The hit song held down the top spot on Billboard’s single charts for eight nonconsecutive weeks.

  • “God’s Plan” by Drake

Debut Date: February 3, 2018

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Drake seemingly had a plan when it came to his 2018 album Scorpion. That plan was to rule the charts. “God’s Plan” was the first of several Scorpion singles that topped the Billboard Hot 100. The Grammy Award-winning song broke first-day streaming records on Spotify, as well as on Apple Music and became the most streamed song of 2018 for both Spotify and Apple Music.

  • “I’m The One” by DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne

Debut Date: May 20, 2017

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DJ Khaled told us he had been grinding all his life. With “I’m The One,” the second single from his tenth album, Grateful, he finally reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song which has been streamed more than a billion times on Spotify also debuted in the top position on the UK Singles Chart.

  • “Not Afraid” by Eminem

Debut Date: May 22, 2010

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What hasn’t Eminem done? The megastar rapper broke several records through his lengthy career. His 2010 single was the first rap song in about 12 years to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Boi-1da-co-produced track became Em’s second certified diamond single.

  • “Doo Wop (That Thing)” by Lauryn Hill

Debut Date: November 14, 1998

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One of the G.O.A.T. female rappers, Lauryn Hill shook up the game when she released her debut solo single, “Doo Wop (That Thing).” The lead single from her debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill became the first debut single to top the Hot 100 in its opening week. The two-time Grammy Award-winning song is also the first song by a female rapper to hit No. 1.

  • “I’ll Be Missing You” by Puff Daddy & Faith Evans Featuring 112

Debut Date: June 14, 1997

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The first rap song to debut on top of the Billboard Hot 100 was a tribute to the late and great Notorious B.I.G. “I’ll Be Missing You” featured Biggie’s wife Faith, as well as Bad Boy crooners 112. In the US, the single spent 11 weeks at No. 1, while it also landed in the top position in 15 countries around the world. To date, the Grammy Award-winning single is one of the top-selling songs of all time.

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The 27 Best Lil Wayne Songs Of All-Time

Lil Wayne’s career has been nothing short of extraordinary. Before he became a household name around the release of ‘Lollipop’ and did a million first week with Tha Carter III, it had already been a decade since his solo debut album. Since then, a time which many might call his prime, Wayne has remained a staple in Hip-Hop and released a project of some kind almost annually. And that’s to say nothing of his guest appearances on songs.

For someone with a recording habit like Lil Wayne, compiling a list of his best songs is a tough task, but that’s what I undertook. Below is a list of the 27 best Lil Wayne songs of all time.

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1. ‘3 Peat’

You might expect the opening song of one of the most commercially successful Hip-Hop albums of all time to be something that tries to be poetic, or even something with a wider appeal to represent the size of the audience. ‘3 Peat’ couldn’t be further away from any of that. “I might go crazy on these n*ggas, I don’t give a motherfuck, run up in a n*gga house and shoot his grandmother up” Wayne raps on the drop. As the beat builds, Wayne is as charismatic as ever, almost as though he was already fuelled by the success he didn’t know had come yet. He covers shooting himself in the chest, promising his mother a better life and watching SportsCenter in the space of a few lines. It’s a stream of consciousness like no other.

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2. ‘6 Foot 7 Foot’

Before anyone has even heard it, it was clear that ‘6 Foot 7 Foot’ had all the makings of a successful song. It was produced by Bangladesh, the same man who produced ‘A Milli’. It was the first single from Tha Carter IV. It came out just a few weeks after Lil Wayne was released from prison after serving 8 months of a 12-month sentence. Even with those high expectations, Wayne and Cory Gunz knocked it out of the park. Neither of them wasted a single bar and for Wayne especially, almost everything he rapped was a punchline. The video played on this fact, with there being a scene for almost every line. As hard as it seemed to do, ‘6 Foot 7 Foot’ was ‘A Milli’ on steroids, or HGH as Wayne said.

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3. ‘A Milli’

But of course, that doesn’t mean that the original doesn’t deserve a song on this list. ‘A Milli’ is a timeless Hip-Hop song, which only makes it all the more impressive when you learn that it was a last-minute addition to Tha Carter III. The album was close to being turned in and Wayne was conscious that his fans loved when he rapped from start to finish on a song like he did on his mixtapes. That was missing from the LP and so, ‘A Milli’ was born. You know a record has impact when JAY-Z, Drake, Fabolous, Cassidy, Busta Rhymes, The Game and Jeezy are just a handful of the rappers that jumped on the instrumental afterwards.

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4. ‘BM J.R.’

Despite how early he got in the game, many consider Tha Carter in 2004 to be Lil Wayne’s breakout album. ‘BM J.R.’ is a standout from the LP and arguably one of the better displays of rapping in Weezy’s entire career, mixtapes and guest appearances included. He switches up his flow frequently and controls the English language like a puppeteer controls puppets.

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5. ‘Cry Out’

Songs where Lil Wayne sticks to a particular subject are rare, but ‘Cry Out’ is one of the best examples of that. Over soulful STREETRUNNER production, the New Orleans rapper reminisces on his younger days and pays tribute to friends of his who have passed away. This song leaked in 2006 and wasn’t officially released until 10 years later.

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6. ‘Dontgetit’

‘Dontgetit’, ironically often called ‘Misunderstood’ by fans, is the outro to Tha Carter III and sits at nearly 10 minutes long. Wayns raps for maybe 20% of the record, sandwiching a pair of verses between rich Nina Simone vocals. After that, he talks for a few minutes about mass incarceration and how black people are disproportionately imprisoned. He does this in a way that stays true to himself though, going at Al Sharpton and coughing in the middle of it all. Either way, the song in whole is one of Wayne’s more impressive performances on a song.

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7. ‘Dough Is What I Got’

Da Drought 3 is arguably Lil Wayne’s best mixtape and on there is a freestyle over JAY-Z’s ‘Show Me What You Got’ called ‘Dough Is What I Got’. When JAY retired a few years prior, Wayne took the opportunity to proclaim himself “the best rapper alive”, even naming a song after it. Of course, the Hov single appears on his comeback album Kingdom Come, but Wayne continued to claim the spot despite JAY’s return. On the freestyle, he went in and to say Hov was impressed would be an understatement. He told Noreaga “when he rapped on ‘Show Me What You Got’, I had to take a long walk and look at myself in the mirror and I said ‘are you sure you still got this?’”

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8. ‘Dr. Carter’

Perhaps when JAY-Z is involved, there’s an extra motivation for Wayne, because this next song involves him too. Swizz Beatz made the ‘Dr. Carter’ instrumental for JAY-Z, but played it for Wayne just to see what he’d do on it. The result was one of the better concept records of all time, where Wayne raps as a surgeon who works on patients who are other rappers and eventually saves Hip-Hop. He did more than enough to keep the song from JAY.

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9. ‘Georgia… Bush’

Wayne’s spin on Ludacris’ ‘Georgia’ record has to be one of the best mixtape songs of all time. He dedicates his version of the record to then-President George Bush, pouring his heart out about their poor handling of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. It’s a rare vulnerable moment from Wayne and he does it incredibly well.

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10. ‘Go D.J.’

Before he shot into superstardom in 2008, ‘Go D.J.’ from the first Carter album was Wayne’s biggest single. It featured and was produced by Mannie Fresh, hence the name. With a chorus borrowed from U.N.L.V., Wayne rapped three aggressive verses and matched the energy with a video that saw him breaking out of prison – in fact, the same prison that Shawshank Redemption was filmed in.

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11. ‘Gossip’

‘Gossip’ is another instance of Lil Wayne going in over STREETRUNNER production. The beat has an epic feel and Wayne pierces through its atmosphere with some of his wittier lyrics. “I’ma wear that championship belt so tight… and if I’m wrong, there is Snow White” he raps, not only implying that fairy tales are true if he’s wrong, but likening Snow White to cocaine, acknowledging that he could always go to selling it if rapping went wrong for him. His performance of the song at the 2007 BET Awards is one of his best ever.

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12. ‘Hustler Musik’

‘Hustler Musik’ should have a place on everyone’s list of the best Lil Wayne songs. The title of the song describes it perfectly. On the chorus, Wayne asks his companion why she’s “tripping” when he’s doing what he has to do so that they can both live comfortably. The verses is masterful and his delivery makes it all sound effortless.

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13. ‘I’m Me’

The fact that this song got left off of C3 due to leaking just speaks to the greatness of that album. ‘I’m Me’ was supposed to be the intro, and so on it, Wayne flaunts his lifestyle and brags about his skills. He also raps about his loyalty to Cash Money and being shunned by the GRAMMYs.

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14. ‘Kobe Bryant’

An updated version of this song appears on the remastered, streaming service version of No Ceilings, but the original version that dropped in 2009 is definitely the superior version. Wayne selflessly dedicates multiple verses to the sports legend. Of course, the song only means more after Kobe’s tragic passing.

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15. ‘La La La’

Not to be confused with ‘La La’ from Tha Carter III, ‘La La La’ is a song that was made around the same time and is a part of the highly regarded C3 Sessions. The song sees him thinking back to his younger days and reflecting on his journey to where he was at the time of recording.

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16. ‘Levels’

After the first pair of Dedication mixtapes, many thought the series had seen its best days following the lukewarm reception to Dedication 3, which felt more like a label compilation to some. Perhaps they were right in totality, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t gems to come. From Dedication 5, this freestyle over Meek Mill’s ‘Levels’ is a standout performance from Wayne in recent years.

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17. ‘Live From 504’

Many will know this better as the verse that Lil Wayne spat when he was on Rap City, but it lives as ‘Live From 504’ on Da Drought 3. One of the highlights is Wayne personifying the instrumental, claiming it begs him for sympathy. Another highlight is the line “and to the kids, drugs kill, I’m acknowledging that, but when I’m on the drugs I don’t have a problem with that”, a contrast that you can’t help but shake your head and laugh at.

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18. ‘Me And My Drank’

Likening Hip-Hop to a woman is a concept that’s been done a thousand times now, but I’m not sure anyone has ever rapped about cough syrup as though it were a woman. As strange as the concept sounds, Wayne genuinely makes it sound like a love song and croons over the purple drank that he helped popularise.

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19. ‘Mona Lisa’

When Tha Carter V finally dropped, fans rejoiced at the Kendrick Lamar feature that appeared on the track list. The collaboration had been years in the making and had a lot of hype around it. When you finally clicked play on it, you were welcomed by a concept where Wayne used women to get the trust of men to eventually rob them. Kendrick comes in playing a distressed boyfriend, to tie things together.

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20. ‘President Carter’

This song continues the tradition of Wayne giving himself titles, like ‘Mr. Carter’ and the aforementioned ‘Dr. Carter’. ‘President Carter’ lives right in that space too, as one of his better songs ever. The mellow instrumental is the perfect backdrop for his verses which feature his vintage wordplay. The outro which acts as a Presidential speech is special too.

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21. ‘Ride 4 My N*ggas’

There might be no better example of Lil Wayne taking someone else’s song and making it his own. This beat originally belonged to Mike Jones, but with ‘Ride 4 My N*ggas’ (often referred to as ‘Sky Is The Limit’), Wayne snatched it unapologetically. This is a signature Lil Wayne record.

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22. ‘Rollin’’

Gunplay and Waka Flocka Flame’s ‘Rollin’’ is an energetic beat which Wayne matched with his own energy on Sorry 4 The Wait’s ‘Rollin’’. He jumps from one thought to another as though he lives in his own brain and is just pulling thoughts as they pass, magically making them rhyme. Mixtape Wayne is crazy.

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23. ‘Something You Forgot’

When discussions about what the best Lil Wayne song of all time is come up, ‘Something You Forgot’ always gets a nod. It’s such a left turn from what you’re used to from Wayne, with him spilling his fillings, rapping about a relationship that ended because of mistakes he made. Amazingly, this song leaked and was never supposed to be out in the first place.

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24. ‘Tha Mobb’

Like ‘A Milli’, ‘Tha Mobb’ is another example of mixtape Wayne showing up on an album. In this case, it was the intro to Tha Carter II, which many believe to be the best in the series. He’s in rare form here, likening the hood to a jungle and making gunfights and selling drugs sound like expressions of art.

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25. ‘Trouble’

‘Trouble’ is yet another collaboration between Lil Wayne and STREETRUNNER. Wayne opens up about his friend Chris killing himself, rapping “he was high as a plane on that same night, shit I probably been on that same flight”. He also covers his stepfather’s death, which is softened by the presence of his own daughter. This is Wayne at his best.

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26. ‘Wasted’

A trend with this list has been either songs where Wayne opens up more than he usually does, or when he’s at his best on a mixtape record. This is an example of the latter. Wayne takes Gucci Mane’s ‘Wasted’ beat and demolishes it. It appears on No Ceilings, which is a tape that Weezy did just to get back rapping after he recorded his Rock album, Rebirth. It’s safe to say he came back with a vengeance.

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27. ‘Weezy’s Ambitionz’

Funnily enough, this song is part of the same track that the aforementioned ‘Georgia… Bush’ is, although they’re technically two different songs. After the heavy subject matter of the previous song, fans are treated to a lyrical exhibition to end D2. Wayne raps from start to finish over 2Pac’s ‘Ambitionz Az A Ridah’ and despite the greatness of the original, puts his own stamp on the beat.

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Ranking The Ten Best NFL-Inspired Hip Hop Lyrics

If you were to ask any rapper which sport they could play best, the answer is likely basketball or football. With the NBA and NFL being influential in hip-hop culture, it’s not a surprise that rappers commonly shout-out some of their favorite (or sometimes least favorite) athletes. Accordingly, football’s relationship with hip-hop is fueled by rappers who are die-hard fans of the game; for proof, just look back to the early 2000s when NFL jerseys were hip hop’s jersey of choice.

Down below are the ten best NFL-inspired lyrics from hip-hop.

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1. Kanye West on Tyler The Creator’s “SMUCKERS,” 2015

“They say I’m crazy, but that’s the best thing goin’ for me.

You can’t lynch Marshawn if Tom Brady throwin’ to me.

2. Drake on “Paris Morton 2/Pound Cake,” 2013

“Yeah, after hours of Il Mulino.

Or Sotto Sotto, just talkin’ women, and vino.

The contract like ’91 Dan Marino.

I swear this guy Michael Rapino’s boosting my ego.”

3. Max B on “Blow Me A Dub,” 2009

“I’m Tom Brady, you a Testaverde.

Yeah, old, washed-up with no arm strength.

He don’t show no remorse, he ain’t got a conscience”

4. Lil Wayne on “Green And Yellow,” 2011

“Money green, yellow broad.

Aaron Rodgers: MVP award.

This is Green Bay, b—- we go hard.

This is Packer country, where’s your Green card?”

5. Mobb Deep on “Get Dealt With,” 1996

“We got to take position, ready for face-off.

We blitz like Dallas in the Super Bowl face-off.

We form like n—– in the yard up North.”

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6. Nas on “Blaze a 50,” 2002

“Met her in San Diego at the Super Bowl party.

Had the Henny, sipped it up with Terrell Davis.

MVP, we flicked it up from Sports Illustrated.

I was silked out, flossing with Stoute, he had the gators.

When she walked in, she lit up the room like Las Vegas.

Terrell said her man’s a fullback for the Raiders.

A drunk who’d f— cheerleaders and wind up in the papers.”

7. The Diplomats on “Dipset Anthem,” 2003

“I’m on the Westside of Chicago, lookin’ for a bust down.

And make me put my two arms up, touchdown.

8. Inspectah Deck on “Wu Tang Ain’t Nuthing ta F— It,” 1993

“Put the needle to the groove I gets rude and I’m forced.

To f— it up, my style carries like a pick-up truck.

Cross the clear blue yonder, sea to shining sea.

I slam tracks like quarterback sacks from L.T.”

9. Andre 3000 on “Da Art of Storytellin (Part 4),” 2007

“I started off starvin.

Now they got me out here Brett Favre’n.

Tryna see if I still got it (got it).

I guess it’s like a bike, think about it.

10. Jeezy on “Gangsta Music,” 2005

“We don’t talk on the phone ’cause it might stick.

Gotta play for the seven, call it Mike Vick.

Dirty birds, n—-, we play wit’ dem Falcons.

Know some n—– in the Decatur that pay for dem falcons.”


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Ranking The Ten Best NBA-Inspired Lyrics In Hip-Hop

If you’ve been around sports and hip-hop long enough, then you’ve come across this quote– “Rappers want to be like athletes, and the athletes want to be like rappers.” The two very influential entities, specifically basketball and hip hop, have a special chemistry. It has become familiar as the sunlight to find our favorite rappers sitting courtside at games or our favorite players quoting their lyrics. But their relationship is sustained by tributes (or plain disrespect); rappers pay homage to ballplayers in their songs, which sparks another round of conversations.

Down below are the ten best NBA-inspired lyrics from hip-hop.

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1. Ice Cube, “Today Was A Good Day,” 1992 –

“Get me on the court and I’m trouble.

Last week f—– around and got a triple-double.

Freaking n—– every way like MJ.

I can’t believe today was a good day.”

2. Jay-Z, “Encore,” 2003 –

“As fate would have it, Jay’s status appears.

To be at an all-time high, perfect time to say goodbye.

When I come back like Jordan, wearing the 4-5.

It ain’t to play games with you, it’s to aim at you, probably maim you.”

3. Drake, “Thank Me Now,” 2010 –

“I can relate to kids going straight to the league.

When they recognize that you got what it takes to succeed.

And that’s around the time that your idols become your rivals.

You make friends with Mike but got to ‘A.I.’ him for your survival.”

4. Lil Wayne, “Kobe Bryant,” 2009 –

“Kobe doin’ work, 2–4 on my shirt.

He the greatest on the court and I’m the greatest on the verse.

Going for the fourth ring like it was his first.

Gotta get the bling, do it for Kareem.”

5. Jay-Z, “Pump It Up (Remix),” 2003 –

“Go ahead, bug out, I’ll Raid, n—-, scurry.

Worry, I’m, not, the Mike Jordan of the mic recording.

It’s Hovi, baby, you Kobe, maybe; Tracy McGrady.

Matter-fact, you a Harold Miner.

J.R. Rider, washed up on marijuana.

Even worse, you a Pervis Ellis.

You worthless, fella; you ain’t no athlete, you Shawn Bradley.”

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6. Kendrick Lamar, “The Heart Part IV,” 2017 –

“Tables turned, lesson learned, my best look.

You jumped sides on me, now you ‘bout to meet Westbrook.

Go celebrate with your team and let victory vouch you.

Just know the next game played I might slap the s— out you.”

7. J. Cole, “Return of Simba,” 2011 –

Ced said, ‘Look, my n—–, we got a foot in’.

Being good is good, that’ll get you Drew Gooden.

But me, I want Jordan numbers, LeBron footin’.

Can’t guard me, Vince Lombardi, John Wooden.”

8. Jadakiss, “Put Your Hands Up,” 2001 –

“And y’all scared I can tell.

That I’ma get Bucks like Milwaukee, cause like Sam, I ca’ sell.”

9. Kanye West, “New God Flow,” 2012 –

“Went from most hated to the champion god flow.

I guess that’s a feeling only me and LeBron know.”

10. Drake, “0 to 100 / The Catch Up,” 2014 –

“I’ve been Steph Curry with the shot.

Been cooking with the sauce.

Chef Curry with the pot, boy… 360 with the wrist, boy!”