With the release of Bad Meets Evil, Mac and Devin Goes To High School, Watch The Throne last year, and the huge influx of collaboration albums to follow – the biggest question to come out of the trend would be, “Would there be a Lil Wayne and Drake collaboration” album? The two have definitely teased the idea of it in previous interviews, and if it did happen – it could possibly be the only joint-album that could rival the damage that Watch The Throne did. Let’s take a look at what could be as we document our Top 15 collaborations between Drake and Lil Wayne.
15. “Brand New”
If there’s anything that inspired Lil Wayne to pour his soul out through auto-tune and syrup, it’s definitely this track. Another one of the 1st collaborations between Drake and Lil Wayne comes in the form of the “Brand New (Remix)” from post-Comeback Season. Neither man flex their lyrical muscles, instead favor a much more melodic approach on the record. We like to think this inspired classics like “I’m Single” & a bulk of what Rebirth was.
Listen: Drake “Brand New (Remix)” Feat. Lil Wayne
14. “Unstoppable” Featuring Santigold
Santigold & Diplo’s “Unstoppable” is absolutely pimped out in another one of Drake and Lil Wayne’s fine collaboration. Drizzy comes off as the humble, skillful rookie whereas Lil Wayne continues with his bizarre flow of consciousness like vomit embedded with diamonds.
Listen: Drake “Unstoppable” Featuring Santigold & Lil Wayne
13. “The Real Her” Featuring Andre 3000
The line-up for the track is quite epic if you ask me. Drizzy gets his R&B on with this record, “The Real Her” which was one of the most anticipated tracks off Take Care. While Andre 3000 absolutely killed it with his lyrical poetry, Drake and Lil Wayne provide another solid collaboration for the lovers to love to.
Listen: Drake “The Real Her” Featuring Lil Wayne & Andre 3000″
12. “I’m Goin’ In” Featuring Young Jeezy
Included on the retail version of So Far Gone, Drizzy, Weezy, and Jeezy get incredibly busy on this one – providing an insane amount of energy packed into track just shy of 4 minutes. Not particularly a shining track in their catalog, but once again the duo prove to have amazing chemistry when the land on the track.
Listen: Drake “I’m Goin In” Featuring Lil Wayne & Young Jeezy
11. “Uptown” Featuring Bun B
Drake’s absolutely grabbed the attention of the world with his debut mixtape, So Far Gone – and while he hails from Toronto, he takes his style down to Houston for this Boi-1da produced track. Lil Wayne sprinkles his own brand of swagger on the track, being the Fonzie to then Drizzy’s Richie.
Listen: Drake “Uptown” Featuring Lil Wayne & Bun B
“Ransom” is one of the earliest collaborations between Drake and Lil Wayne, cited as one of the records recorded upon Lil Wayne flying Drake out to Houston after hearing him for the 1s time. You can definitely hear what Drake’s verses were like then and how it’s evolved since then on this track and while the rookie of the year comes hard, Weezy entirely shows Drake how to do this son!
Listen: Drake “Ransom” Featuring Lil Wayne
09. “Right Above It”
Lil Wayne would finally test out the commercial power of the duo with the 1st release from his 2010 album, I Am Not A Human Being. A stay at Riker’s Island wouldn’t stop him from dropping some music featuring his protegé, who at that time just BLEW the hell up with the release of Thank Me Later. Both men have come harder lyrically – but this triumphant track came so hard for the radio and earned both another platinum plaque on the mantle.
Listen: Lil Wayne “Right Above It” Featuring Drake
08. “My Darlin’ Baby”
The fact that this son has landed absolutely nowhere is a crime in itself. Drake and Lil Wayne trade bars over this soul-sampled record as an ode to their “darlin’ baby”. YMCMB’s two brightest prove their worth with some mind-boggling, witty metaphors on this unreleased gem with the discography of the duo. “She’s unbelievable like a purple leopard!”
Listen: Lil Wayne “My Darlin’ Baby” Featuring Drake
07. “Miss Me”
Lil Wayne would be taking a trip for a couple of months, and what a better way to give a nod to the reigning king of the label than this verse. “Damn, I’ll be gone ’til November / But f*ck it, I ain’t trippin, I know Drizzy gon’ kill em”. The triumphant number is just another example of the pair keeping a firm lock on the game with more than enough braggadocios lines to choose from.
Watch: Drake “Miss Me” Featuring Lil Wayne
06. “It’s Good” Featuring Jadakiss
Jadakiss came correct on the track, but as he even said – he had no idea what was going on when he signed onto the track. Once Tha Carter IV made it’s way onto the internet, THIS was the track that had the blogsites buzzing. After some bars were thrown Weezy’s way during The Throne’s collaboration “H.A.M.” in early 2011, he would respond HARD with “It’s Good” – taking direct aim at Hov, and Drake proved that he would absolutely be down for war with YMCMB’s head honcho. “Two glock 40′s, nigga you got 80 problems.” Hov has yet to respond, but we’re looking for the next chapter in this exciting game of hot potato.
Listen: Lil Wayne “It’s Good” Featuring Drake & Jadakiss
05. “Successful” Featuring Trey Songz
While Weezy’s verse was snippet out on the single version, this by far lines up as one of their best collaborations to date. Before Drake experienced the inevitable fame that he did, he and Trey were hungry for the lifestyle of their predecessors – and who better to walk them through the limelight than Lil Wayne. Drake navigates through the track for the first few minutes, and a well placed dramatic pause introduces Lil Wayne to the track where for one of the 1st times we saw the pair possibly as equals.
Listen: Drake “Successful” Featuring Lil Wayne & Trey Songz
04. “Ignant Sh*t”
Upon hearing the original track on Jay-Z’s American Gangster album, which featured Beanie Sigel – you wouldn’t think anything could come close to the rhymes the Roc Boys would spit. Man, was I wrong. Drake snatched up this instrumental for So Far Gone and if there’s any duo that could breathe life into this track it would be Young Angel & Young Lion. The pair trade lengthy verses and absolutely knock it out of the park, sizing up quite well with two establish vets in the game.
Listen: Drake “Ignant Sh*t” Featuring Lil Wayne
03. “She Will”
Between the first line of this song (“Now gon’ pop that p*ssy for a real ni**a”), the incredible beat provided by T-Minus, and the power hook that seemingly only Drake can pull off these days – this nearly misses the top spot, but still is one of their strongest collaborations to date. Even though Drake solely handles hook duty on this effort, it’s almost like the perfect storm.
Listen: Lil Wayne “She Will” Featuring Drake
02. “HYFR (Hell Yeah F**kin Right)”
Probably the most recent collaboration out of any currently on the list, and that only proves that the music just keeps getting better when these two get in the studio. The anthem was one of the last singles lifted from Drake’s platinum album Take Care, and it features some of their most memorable lines to date. The two at this point are feeding off the energy of one another, and the result is magic.
Watch: Drake “HYFR (Hell Yeah Fuckin’ Right)” Featuring Lil Wayne
01. “The Motto” Featuring Tyga
It doesn’t take much for Drake to get busy on a beat these days, but once you heard this bay influenced beat by T-Minus – you knew it was a winner. In this stage of his career, Drake is becoming as good at power stunting on a track as he is pouring out his deepest thoughts over cups of those rosy. And Weezy? As crazy has his post-jail time verses are getting – this one takes the cake, citing (“Almost drowned in her p*ssy, so I swam to her butt”).
Watch: Drake “The Motto” Featuring Lil Wayne & Tyga