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Lil Wayne Gets Excited About Jay-Z’s “Light Up” Verse, Contributes His Own

Date: June 2010

What happened? In a candid speakerphone conversation with Mac Maine, Lil Wayne talked about his reaction to hearing Drake’s collaborative song with Jay-Z, “Light Up.” Wayne said of Jay’s verse, “Ain't nobody talking about what your boy talking about. That nigga is stupid [with his rhymes]! I said, 'Oooh, look at that.'” Weezy later recorded his verse to the song over a prison phoneline.

Complex says: This showed that—despite their oft times rocky relationship—Lil Wayne is both a fan and a competitor at heart. The inspired verse that he contributed to the song was all in the spirit of competition. Wayne set out to show that he could still hang with any of hip-hop’s current lyrical heavyweights, including his labelmate and most certainly Jay-Z.

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