Lil Wayne proclaimed himself the best rapper alive almost two decades ago, and Cassidy believes he is responsible for him reaching that level.
“I think I inspired Lil Wayne to get the type of Wayne we got now,” the 40-year-old said during his Wednesday (April 12) appearance on DJUTV. “I used to love Wayne before I came out and before I got with him. He used to rap different. Before I came out, a lot of ni**as used to rap different.”
The Philadelphia rapper labeled himself a culture shifter due to his competitive style and battle rap origins. “I made it mandatory where you had to say something, and once I came out with that style, a lot of ni**as started to change — and so did Wayne.”
“Then you started getting all those Carter projects and he started blacking out and really rapping,” the “Hotel” rapper continued. “He was still a star and had dope a** records, but he wasn’t rapping, he wasn’t piecing up them syllables like that, he wasn’t coming with all these metaphors and similes and trying to punch and say creative sh*t back to back.”
While this diatribe may seem like it comes from a dismissive place, Cassidy was intent on ascertaining that Weezy F Baby was one of his favorite rappers. His competitive disposition wouldn’t allow him to call the “Fireman” rapper the best rapper, but he acknowledges Wayne’s place in Hip-Hop’s hierarchy. Cassidy is well aware of what Lil Wayne is capable of on wax, as the two collaborated on “6 Minutes” with Fabolous back in 2005.
The Funeral rapper has been a major topic in the last few weeks, after Lowkey said 50 Cent could defeat him in a Verzuz battle. Kevin Durant spoke on the topic in the latest episode of The ETCs, saying “I wouldn’t say 50 is gonna flat-out wash Wayne, I won’t say that out of respect, but it’s not gonna be a clear cut with Wayne.”