The Outro – Lil Wayne’s Original “Takeover”
Let’s go back to 2004, shall we? The summer in bits and pieces belonged to a then underrated Lil Wayne who decided it was best to quit playing around with rapping and make things seem serious on his end. Obviously, no one in Cash Money knew what the Tha Carter would evolve into today at the time but by allowing Weezy touch Mannie Fresh‘s Mind Of Mannie Fresh album may have proved to be a blessing in disguise.
Running off of the fuel from those Sqad Up mixtapes, Weezy literally sneaks into the booth and lays down two quick freestyles neatly tucked away on to Fresh’s album aside from his guest features on “Lady Lady” with R. Kelly & “We Fresh”. Did Fresh mind that Hollygrove’s finest decided to latch on with the sort of gun talk and murdering on the same album that featured “Real Big”? Not at all really considering that album was 30(!) tracks deep. Well, unless you take into account his reaction to Weezy going off in the booth on two separate occasions.
Wayne’s Takeover was aptly titled, serving as the precursor to Weezymania that spanned three consecutive years and sadly signaled the beginning of the end of collabs between he & Fresh.