This past August, Lil Wayne conducted one of his first radio interviews from jail with Funkmaster Flex. During the call to New York’s Hot 97 FM, the incarcerated MC was asked which artists he’d like to collaborate with once he was released from Rikers Island, where’s he’s currently serving a one-year sentence for a 2007 gun charge. His response, “I’ve been saying to myself that I really want to do a song with either Andre 3000 or my man Tech N9ne.”
Since then, the hip-hop community has been abuzz about Wayne’s interest in Kansas City MC, Tech N9ne, who, despite amassing a cult like following,has seen much of his success outside the mainstream circle.
Last week, Tech and Strange Music signee Krizz Kaliko appeared on XXLMag.com’s weekly Ustream series, Spotlight, [watch here] and the KC MC revealed that he was scheduled to meet Wayne that Wednesday. Unfortunately, there was a mix up on the days and he was denied entry to the visiting area at Rikers. However, 24 hours later, Tech and Wayne were able to have their first face-to-face meeting this past Thursday.
In an exclusive sit down at the XXL offices, [watch below] Tech revealed some of the surprising details of his three-hour conversation with the Young Money CEO. “We talked about creationism and Darwinism, man,” Tech said. “We talked a lot about people, we talked about Kanye, we talked about Waka Flocka, we talked about Nicki Minaj, we talked about T.I…. But three hours just kickin’ it, man… It was a wonderful visit. They say at Rikers Island you can only get like an hour or two but we were there for like three and a half hours just going until the warden came in. The warden came in and it was time to stop, but I ain’t wanna go, man.”
Before ending his visit, Tech and Wayne got to speak about everything from family and religion to the all-important possibility of collaborating in the near future. “[Wayne] also said that he wanted me on Tha Carter IV and I’m like, ‘Yeah, nigga, let’s go,’” Tech explained. “I said, ‘I got one for you, too.’ I got [a song] called ‘This is Hip-Hop,’ if I could get Marsha Ambrosius to sing on there and possibly get Eminem on it, too… He was like that sounds dope.”
Despite the prospect of working with one of the most successful artists in the game, Tech says he appreciated the opportunity to sit down with a real dude. “[Wayne] seemed happy as hell, man,” he added. “I just hated to see him in that orange suit. I told him that he ain’t belonged there. He talked about how bad he wants to get out and see his kids. I told him you’ll be out sooner than later.”