On Sunday night, millions tuned in to watch Lil Wayne go to work. Weezy, Eminem and Drake illuminated the 52nd annual Grammy Awards with “Drop the World” and “Forever.” While he knows how to ignite the stage, Wayne’s favorite workplace is still the studio.
Mixtape Daily debuted an exclusive clip last month that showed Weezy F. Baby recording his “Banned From TV” freestyle from the No Ceilings mixtape. Wayne laughs uncontrollably in the clip as he lays lines to the underground gem. In a new exclusive clip, he even does a little dance as he composes lyrics in his head, messes up and regroups. The New Orleans native loves his work.
Stopping by the MTV News offices recently, Swizz Beatz — producer of the official “Banned From TV” track back in 1998 — had the opportunity to hear Wayne’s freestyle for the first time and gave it a thumbs-up. “For Wayne to do that in 2010, millions of instrumentals are out,” Swizz said. “For him to use ’Banned From TV’ and air it out, that’s super respect.”
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Last month, “Banned From TV” rapper Noreaga said Wayne is tops on his list right now. “Wayne is my favorite rapper of the new age,” N.O.R.E. told Mixtape Daily. “Although in rap years, he’s just as old as me. But that’s my favorite rapper for the new age. For him to not only do the joint, but it appear on Mixtape Daily video … that’s an honor. My kids love Lil Wayne. Do ’Super Thug’ next, Wayne — keep my legacy alive. … I’m trying to do Special Ed’s ’I Got It Made’ and a few other classics over. It’s only to give respect to the people. If Wayne is a real MC like I know he is, he was doing it to show love and respect to the joint and what it meant to him. I’m speechless.”
As much as the “Banned From TV” track is heralded, Swizz said he’s made way better beats than that. “That’s probably one of my most simple beats of all time,” Swizz said. “That’s, like, four sounds.
“I think it’s the moment that makes the track one of [my] greatest tracks of all time,” the producer added. “I think it’s the moment where hip-hop was at that time where you had [Big] Pun, [Jadakiss], Nore and everybody. All those elements make it that. I think as far as instrumentals, it was a’ight.”
In the new DVD “The Nino Brown Story, Pt. 2” (in stores and available on DJ Scoob Doo’s Web site), you can see more clips of Wayne in the lab as well as in the club and clowning with the Cash Money Millionaires.
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