It’s 2008, and mega superstar Lil Wayne is at arguably his peak of popularity. The Cash Money rapper was heading into the release of his sixth studio album, Tha Carter III. His biggest album to date sold more than 1 million copies in the first week before the streaming era, and reached 2.88 million by the end of the year.
He stringed the release of three top ten singles before it’s release. The first, and maybe the biggest song of his career, “Lollipop” topped the Billboard chart for five weeks straight. The second single, “A Milli,” was another hit and would go on to win a Grammy for Best Rap Song. The third single, “Got Money,” was another hit. Featured on the single was T-Pain.
Although much of an afterthought today, T-Pain was a hit maker in the 2000’s. “I’m Sprung,” “I’m ‘n’ Luv (Wit a Stripper),” “Buy U a Drank,” “Bartender” – the list goes on. If anything, the autotune godfather remains a legend for rhyming Wisconsin with mansion. Lil Wayne and T-Pain were both hitting their strides in 2008, and after their collaboration “Got Money,” they were on a collision course to release a joint project.
With Wayne already established as one of the best rappers in the game and T-Pain doing no wrong with autotune, they were going to switch roles – with Wayne doing the singing, and T-Pain doing the rapping. One track even leaked out on to My Face Can’t Be Felt (a fake Lil Wayne and Juelz Santana mixtape – which, while we’re on the subject, also needs the real version to be released). But, back to Wayne and Pain.
It only made sense for this mixtape to be released in 2008. T-Pain even released his Thr33 Ringz album later that year with more hits like “Can’t Believe It” (the song where he rhymes Wisconsin and mansion) and “Chopped ‘n’ Skrewed.” However, years went by, and instead of the joint Wayne and Pain project, we got throw aways like Wayne’s “Rebirth.”
— T-Pain (@TPAIN) May 17, 2017
Yesterday evening, 90’s babies like myself rejoiced as T-Pain tweeted out a cover of what appeared to be that joint project lost so many years ago. Despite of what you may think of Wayne and Pain at this point in their careers, nobody was touching them at the time of the recording of these songs. Some songs have already surfaced before, but the nostalgia plays a big part in finally having T-Wayne delivered to us. Hopefully now, we can get that Juelz and Lil Wayne joint mixtape and Tha Carter V. Listen to T-Wayne below.
This ain't for y'all new niggas. These the lost files from '09 and I'm tired of em just sittin on my hard drive. #FreeC5
— T-Pain (@TPAIN) May 18, 2017