Lil Wayne Reveals Kevin Durant's Initial Inclusion in 'Welcome 2 Collegrove' Album

Lil Wayne Reveals Unheard Collaboration With Kevin Durant, Explains Why It's Not on "Carter VI"

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Lil Wayne Dishes on Unreleased Track with Kevin Durant, Its Journey from Collegrove to Carter VI

For more than a decade, Lil Wayne has been at the forefront of the hip-hop scene, shaping the industry with his chart-topping hits and collaborations. In a recent revelation, the New Orleans native shared insights into an unreleased collaboration with NBA star Kevin Durant, shedding light on the surprising journey of the track from the Collegrove project to potential inclusion on Lil Wayne's Carter VI.

In a candid interview with Taylor Rooks, Lil Wayne opened up about the hidden gem, confirming the existence of a song featuring none other than the two-time national champion, Kevin Durant. Rooks, the journalist who had previously spoken with Durant, posed an interesting question during the conversation, asking if Lil Wayne planned to drop a snippet of their collaborative track on a radio show.

Amused by the inquiry, Lil Wayne chuckled and hinted at the secretive nature of the collaboration. "Why would KD do that? Because... that was on the wrap. That was on the low," he laughed, emphasizing the covert status of the unreleased track.

Diving into the backstory, Lil Wayne revealed the song's intended destinations.

"“KD You’ve messed up, now that you’ve done that. I just want you to know you messed up. That song was being considered to be on Carter VI and now since you’re saying something, it’s not going on [the] Carter VI. No, I’m not playing the snippet.”"

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He jokingly remarked. The rapper disclosed that the track was originally slated for the Collegrove album, a collaborative effort with 2 Chainz that finally saw the light of day in November 2023.

Elaborating on Kevin Durant's surprising rap skills, Lil Wayne affectionately referred to him as a "jewel" and a "backpack rapper." He painted a vivid picture of Durant's potential, imagining him calling a timeout during an NBA game and effortlessly delivering a verse on the spot.

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Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz's Welcome 2 Collegrove, a highly anticipated project that took years to materialize, featured an array of collaborations. The album boasted 21 tracks, including appearances by Usher, 21 Savage, Rick Ross, Fabolous, Benny The Butcher, Vory, and Marsha Ambrosius, with narration provided by the iconic 50 Cent.

As the hip-hop community continues to unravel hidden treasures and collaborations, Lil Wayne's revelation adds another layer to the intricate tapestry of the genre, leaving fans eager for more surprises in the future. Whether Kevin Durant's rap skills will make a public appearance remains uncertain, but the journey of their unreleased track has undoubtedly become a fascinating chapter in the duo's creative endeavors.

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