Lil Wayne has been in the rap game for some time, since the age of 12, and has released countless songs in that time.
Being around that long has changed his artistic process. In a new interview with the I Am Athlete podcast featuring Brandon Marshall, Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson, Adam “Pac-Man” Jones, and Omar Kelly, Wayne was asked how long it takes for him to write lyrics. “It depends on what it is,” he said around the 35:50 minute mark. “When it’s my shit, on god, man, I could take seven weeks on two lines.”
He continued, “I’ve said so much that I don’t ever wanna say the same thing. Also, you have to understand your audience. There were certain things I could have said to my audience in 95 that you’re not trying to hear right now. But you know I mean I could figure it out and that’s the beauty of it.”
Elsewhere during the chat, he spoke about seeing the potential in a young Drake. “I was like, ‘This dude sounds different,’” Wayne said around 12:25. “What I loved about him was that he was sounding just as dope as we were.”