Lil Wayne’s Relationship With Drake, Nicki Minaj Is ‘Genuine’

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By Hillary Crosley, with additional reporting by Jayson Rodriguez

With Drake‘s Thank Me Later and Nicki Minaj‘s numerous guest features alongside artists like Ludacris and Trey Songz, to say that Lil Wayne‘s Young Money crew ruled Billboard‘s R&B/Hip-Hop chart in 2010 would be more than fair.

“It’s genuine from the heart; I really appreciate what he did for them [by] blessing their lives. We wasn’t expecting nothing else, but to see it happening,” said Birdman, reflecting on Drake and Nicki’s success. “To see how Drake going hot, Nicki growing hot … Tango, Twist, all of them … Wayne didn’t get to see this. All this popped off within the couple of months he was gone.”

Now that Lil Wayne is free, he can not only work with DJ Scoob Doo and Drew Money but also the rest of the Young Money Cash Money click. We’re crossing our fingers for a new Young Money mixtape at the least.

“I want him to see everybody working, everybody is putting in hard work,” Baby concluded. “We goin’ in. I’d like to see them go and exercise their vision. So there are things that they want to do and be the artist that they want to be. I’m proud of them working hard and when he gets back home, he’s going to jump back in and do what he do.”

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