Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz are two of the South’s most prominent artists, and the two recently collaborated on a new joint project. However, during an interview about the body of work, the MCs were asked to name their favourite producers.
During an appearance on the Complex YouTube series’ GOAT Talk,’ the pair reflected on their careers and unveiled who they believe are the greatest beatmakers of all time. The duo were asked about a range of questions about their personal favourites in music, and one of the flashcards they were presented with prompted them to unveil their “G.O.A.T. Producer.”
After pondering about the range of producers they had worked with over the years, Lil Wayne answered, stating, “I’m a say, Kanye!” Following Wayne, 2 Chainz decided, affirming, “Yeah, I got Mannie Fresh and Kanye West.”
Last month, the dynamic duo released Welcome 2 Collegrove, a sequel to the pair’s 2016 collaborative LP. Collegegrove. Although the MCs lyricism was slightly predictable, critics praised the pair for their choice of beats.
Esteemed music journalist Alec Siegel wrote, “The album sounds expensive, and the production lineup reads like a Southern rap Hall of Fame: Mannie Fresh, DJ Toomp, Juicy J, and Mike Dean. Not to be outdone, New York luminary Havoc provides two of the album’s best beats on the ODB tribute ‘Shame’ and the aptly titled ‘Bars.'”
Sigel continued, “The production is one area where Chainz and Wayne clearly invested in much more than their first go-round. Aside from a few clunkers (the Miami bass-inspired ‘Crazy Thick’ and the forgettable ‘Crown Snatcher’), the beats sparkle. ‘Big Diamonds’ would fit snugly on any peak Big Tymers album, while ‘Long Story Short’ chops up Project Pat vocals into a unique, codeine meets boom-bap masterpiece.”
While Lil Wayne has been in the studio with 2 Chainz, his female prodigy Nicki Minaj has been breaking Spotify records, and the star he presented to the world in Drake has been on the receiving end of criticism for his LP, For All The Dogs.