Lil Wayne is preparing to release his Dedication 4 mixtape next week–one week later than announced. His protegé Nicki Minaj will of course be on that record, as well as other members of Wayne’s Young Money clique.
As expected, the the two met up in Miami to record songs for the album. According to the HBIC (Head Barb in Charge), boss Wayne is no longer guiding her career and giving her advice day-to-day (like he once was). Nicki, who says she grew used to Wayne’s suggestions and wisdom, reports she misses her music bosses’ stern advice:
“It’s like having a strict parent and when you no longer have it [you] kinda want that,” she said. “I told him, ‘I miss when you would lecture me and tell me to keep on my grind and do this do and do that — where’s the love?’ “
Describing her changing relationship with Weezy even further Nicki states,
“I usually pick the beat when me and Wayne do something,” she said, explaining how her freestyle came together for the tape. “I went to Miami and I started grilling him like, ‘Hey, why don’t you lecture me anyone?’ and he says, ‘you made it already I ain’t got to tell you sh–.”
“We had this crazy little spat — I actually got on footage and I’ll show the fans really soon,” she continued. “But he’s working on the mixtape and I said, ‘Excuse me, I need to be on that mixtape,’ and he said, ‘Aight, whatever you wanna do.’ So I just went into the other room and recorded on this particular beat that I’m sure my fans are gonna be very happy that I touched. I’m really excited for the kids to hear.”
It seems the Young Money kids are growing up. And the biggest kids (Nicki and Drake) are now making-it without Lil Wayne’s day-to-day influence. Nicki repeats what she says Lil Wayne says in private conversations about her and label mate Drake:
[FEMALE WEEZY VOICE] Yeah, you and Drake ya’ll made it, ya’ll don’t f— with a n—a no more.”
“He’s just sitting back watching, and seeing the fruits of his labor,” Nicki says!
When your fruit is as plentiful and productive as Wayne’s Young Money crew is…what else is there to do BUT SIT BACK AND WATCH THE SHOW?