In the second part their Genius interview, Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz opened up even more about their joint project, ColleGrove. When asked if crafting the songs was like a battle, Wayne clarifies that it was more like friendly competition. “It’s only to make each other better. It’s only to make your next bar better than your last one.” Still, Wayne has nothing but compliments for his friend and collaborator. “This whole album, he impressed me,” Wayne said. “If you ask the homies, my closest homies, what I told them. I was like, ‘Goddamn. He’s showing me something so imagine what the listeners are going to think. Not that he wasn’t rapping before, but damn. He’s going crazy.”
Wayne is no stranger to collaborative projects. As he puts it, he’s been part of something like this for a long time, and notably since his work with The Hot Boys. He said that Birdman, Mannie Fresh, and Slim were the Cash Money captains who would give them a title and a subject of a song, and then each member would go off and write a verse as Mannie chipped away at a beat. Once they would finish writing, they would each rap their verse, and whoever had the hottest verse would be placed at the beginning of the song. “So you always wanted to be first or last. So if you go back and listen, I was always first or last,” Wayne said proudly.
Watch their entire interview above and revisit part 1, where Wayne revealed that he teared up after hearing “Dedication” for the first time, here.