Lil Wayne rarely ventures away from listening and working on his own music. Yet, he does extend high praise for one younger rapper that has caught his attention.
"He's a young man," Wayne said at the interview's 20-minute mark. "That's how I simply title him up. It's not the quote-unquote phrase of it. He's the definition of both words. He's a young man."
Wayne first revealed that Lil Baby was his favorite artist during the season finale of Sneaker Shopping. But he goes into detail about his love for the rapper, explaining to Matt and Stak that Lil Baby is an open-minded artist that is thirsty for knowledge.
"I was in a session with him before. He heard a beat come on out of the blue that I was working on. It was an uptempo beat. It was probably a feature for somebody. Baby was like 'I couldn't even begin to rap on no s**t like that,'" Wayne said. "After that session, I done heard two or three songs like that come out that he done did. I was like 'See, he went right back and figured it out.'"
Along with Lil Baby, Wayne mentioned that he also enjoys Young Dolph and XXXTentacion.
It is known that Wayne is a Kobe fan. He even made the underground hit "Kobe Bryant" in honor of Bean. In the interview, Wayne tells Barnes and Stak that he and Kobe were drawn to each other because of their intense competitiveness.
"[Kobe] worded a few words from a verse and I was like 'You really really know me?'" Wayne said around the 13-minute mark. "He was like, 'Man I been on you since Hot Boys.' For a competitive guy like that, I figure whatever he was admiring it had to be my competitive nature."
Normally, All The Smoke interviews take place in their studio. But due to the coronavirus, they had to have a virtual conversation. The current quarantine state of the world led Stak to ask Tune if he's interested in joining the wave by doing a live concert from his home.
"Man, I can't wait," Wayne said. "Ask [Mack Maine]. I been told Mack I wanted to do a live show from my s**t with about five-six songs no one's ever heard. But now that we need it, I can't even do no unheard songs. I gotta do a real show on my s**t."