There was a point not too long ago when it felt like we’d never see this again: the day when Lil Wayne and Birdman reunited on a track — let alone with with Mannie Fresh and Juvenile, too. But here we are, thankfully.
On “Hate,” the quartet responsible for much of Cash Money’s legendary late-’90s and early 2000s run reconnect, with Birdman lending his patented shit-talking to the intro and outro, while Tunechi, Juvie, and Mannie (who also produced the song) toss rhymes back and forth.
“One word to describe this track: Bawesome — because I’m a boss and I’m awesome,” Mannie said in a statement, according to Pitchfork, also announcing that he’s dropping a new project with Mass Appeal. “I’ve put a lot of effort into making this track happen. I’ve always been the liaison between these guys, they took my word and put their trust in me in bringing everyone together for this hot track. You definitely can expect more from this project I’m about to drop with Mass Appeal Records. This is just the foreplay, you can expect the eargasm later.”
Last month, Mannie said he, Wayne, and Juvie are dropping a joint album, and while I’ll have to hear it to believe it, this is trending in the right direction.
As for Weezy and Birdman, after over a year of verbal shots and a still-pending lawsuit, the two seemed to have recently either squashed their feud — or at least become cordial again. They appeared to ring in the New Year together, and then showed up onstage together later in January.
Given this latest development, I suggest you do the same thing I am, which is: Listen to “Hate” a few times, ponder the state of Tha Carter V, throw on some old Cash Money joints, and enjoy this 1999 photo of these four and the rest of the label.