Fans of Lil Wayne – basically everyone who has enjoyed hip-hop music from the mid-2000s on – rejoiced when an amended version of his classic No Ceilings mixtape, originally released circa Halloween 2009, found its way to major streaming services.
In fact, it earned 23,000 equivalent album units and debuted at #18 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
Riding the momentum of that re-release, Lil Wayne's manager Cortez Bryant told Andrew Barber that he and Weezy "want to put out everything – all the mixtapes" on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music and others.
As one can imagine, it'll be tough to do considering many of Wayne's mixtapes have him rapping over legally protected beats. (If you can just clear the Ray Charles and Field Mob sample on "Georgia... Bush," that should hold enough people over.)
One song that's been stashed away for good due to sampling issues is "I Feel Like Dying" from 2007's The Drought Is Over 2: The Carter 2 Sessions. So much so that Wayne isn't allowed to perform the track.
"[The owner of the sample] sent injunctions that he can't ever perform that song," Bryant said. "Like that's why we took it out the show and had to keep it out the show."
In a separate interview with Brian “B.Dot” Miller, Bryant claimed that Drake and Lil Wayne have talked about hosting a second Drake vs. Lil Wayne tour where the two most-charted rappers on the Hot 100 would once again go hit-for-hit.
"My favorite tour of them all was this Drake vs. Lil Wayne tour," Bryant revealed at the 13:50 mark. He later added, "Drake came up with the Street Fighter concept. I’m not taking credit for that. Drake came up like, 'Yo, I got a dope a** concept.' ... And they talked about [doing a follow-up]. I think we do need to do it again."