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Lil Wayne Reveals His Top 5 Rappers of All Time

Lil Wayne would make the cut in a lot of rap fans’ top five lists, but he’s keeping himself out of the mix when revealing his.

Tunechi joined the Not Just Football With Cam Heyward podcast last week and made a couple of tweaks to his top five rappers list compared to the one he shared with Billboard in 2023.

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“My top five rappers of all time are Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, Eminem, The Notorious B.I.G, and this is no specific order right here — and Drizzy,” he told the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman.

When speaking to Billboard for Hip-Hop 50 last year, Weezy had Missy, Jay and Biggie on his list, but switched out Goodie Mob and UGK for Eminem and his Young Money protégé Drake.

“It’s because I organically grew up on [them]. You know, when you’re asked, ‘How’d you start listening?,’ there’s a story for everybody … like, someone I know told me to start listening or whatever. But like I said, every decision I make is organic,” he said last August after coming in at No. 7 on Billboard and Vibe‘s Greatest Rappers of All Time list.

Lil Wayne never misses a chance to give Missy Elliott her flowers, and crowned her as one of his top influences when appearing on Fox Sports host Nick Wright’s podcast in 2022. “She’s a huge influence of everything I’ve ever done,” he admitted.

As far as his own career goes, the Young Money boss isn’t slowing down anytime soon. He also revealed to Heyward that he’s got his sights set on Tha Carter VI as his next project, which is coming “soon.”

“It’s soon, though, because it’s what’s next from me,” he said. “It’s coming out next, actually. I’m not sure of the actual date but it is my next project.”

Watch the full interview below with talk of Wayne’s top five starting around 23:40.

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