Along with Atlanta rapper T.I., Young Money spitter Lil Wayne was one of the artists featured on the Destiny’s Child single “Soldier.” Released nearly a decade ago, the song reached the #3 spot on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and according to Wayne, the song put him on another plateau musically.
Lil Wayne was asked about the record during a Q&A segment following his CRWN interview last week at South By Southwest. He says the song didn’t serve as a rebirth, but did prove to be a significant move in his music career.
“I didn’t look at it as the rebirth,”
Lil Wayne said.
“But I see the word you mean. I see why you used that word ‘rebirth’…But I looked at it like it was definitely my platform…That set me off right there…I forgot to even mention that. That song right there, that verse, them little eight bars. That got me there, boy…If you ask me ‘Why?’ [Because] it was Beyoncé. That shit was big, man. Destiny Childs ‘Solider,’ it was poppin. We was on there. We was there early.”
He also revealed that prior to wanting to be remembered as “a good spirit,” he hoped his legacy would be similar to that of The Notorious B.I.G, Jay Z, or Tupac Shakur.
“I would just say I would like to be remembered as a humble, good soul. A good spirit. A good soul,”
Lil Wayne said.
“[A] thing like that. You know what I mean? Like a…a Willie Nelson. You know? Just remembered as everybody fuck with you. Like A Snoop Dogg. You know what I mean? Before I used to be shooting for more of a Biggie, Biggie/Pac/Jay type title. I used to shoot for that. But now I think my history already done that. You know what I mean? So, now I just—I wanna just be remembered as ‘Man, that nigga was cool. He did great ass music and that’s who he is. Period.’”