5 of the Best Songs Including Drake, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne Together
On "Over," the first single from his debut album, Thank Me Later, Drake promised to make sure the "Young Money ship was never sinking," but about five years into his stint with the record label—somewhere between the release of "Bedrock and "Truffle Butter"—the rap collective had hit at least a few sizable icebergs.
The first major sign that things might not be so well in the realm of Drizzy, Nicki Minaj and Weezy came in December 2014, when Lil Wayne shared his frustrations with Young Money's parent label Cash Money Records and its CEO Birdman. By his own account, Weezy was supposed to drop his eagerly anticipated album Tha Carter V that month, but according to the "Fireman" rapper, his father figure Birdman was preventing him from doing so. What ensued was a vicious legal battle that rages on to this day.
While Weezy not being as close with Baby as he once was shocked the hip-hop world, it wasn't the end of the world either. After all, Young Money was still intact, and with a core of Drake, Nicki Minaj, and of course, the shackled but irrepressible Weezy F, there was always a great chance the three could cook up some magic in the studio.
Then the summer of 2015 happened. That's when Nicki Minaj's then-boyfriend Meek Mill alleged that Toronto's favorite son had used a ghostwriter to pen a few tracks from his If You're Reading This It's Too Late project. The two almost immediately began a fairly fierce rap feud that bubbles beneath the surface of the rap world to this day. Needless to say, Nicki couldn't reasonably be expected to publicly associate with Drizzy—let alone hit the studio with him.
While Weezy never came out and dissed Nicki's beau at the time, he did perform "Back to Back" with Drizzy during a few concerts, making it clear whose side he was actually on. While we doubt Nicki and Weezy ever had any actual drama, an "I Get Crazy (Part 2)" could've been a pretty damn unpleasant dinner table conversation for her and Meek Milly.
Between Weezy's ongoing feud with the Birdman, Nicki's hopelessly awkward situation with Meek and Drizzy, it didn't seem like we'd be hearing another track with hip-hop's holy trinity of commercial rap any time soon.
Then, Nicki up and broke up with Meek Mill, and a few weeks later, she crashed Weezy's interview during a live broadcast on the NFL Network. The two embraced on camera, and suddenly, it didn’t seem all that implausible that they could hop on a track together. Considering that Nicki was no longer with Meek Mill and that they were never really beefing in the first place, why not?
At the start of February, photos of Drizzy, Nicki and Weezy surfaced on the Internet and the rap game's most dominant trio were back together—at least in a picture. While there's been no real word on whether or not the three superstars have hit the studio, the perceived walls of tension between them might have just dissolved for good, thus making that a very real possibility.
In order to celebrate the potential of new songs from the three superstars, XXL takes a look at some of the best songs featuring Drake, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne -- with other artists included as well. Peep the list for yourself below.