Lil Wayne shared the single “B.B. King Freestyle” feat. Drake today across all streaming platforms. The laid-back track comes off the rapper’s latest mixtape, No Ceilings 3, hosted by DJ Khalid, which dropped exclusively on DatPiff last week.
Produced by Boi1da and Hollywood Cole, “B.B. King Freestyle” marks Lil Wayne and Drake’s first collaboration since 2017’s “Family Feud” remix. Earlier this year, the two hip-hop icons teased the possibility of collaborating when Drake stopped by Wayne’s Young Money Radio show on Apple Music.
Fans of Alicia Keys, meanwhile, may recognize the use of a sample from her song “Feeling U, Feeling Me (Interlude),” off 2003’s The Diary of Alicia Keys.
The 20-track No Ceilings 3 marks the latest mixtape in Wayne’s No Ceilings series, and features contributions from Young Thug, HoodyBaby, Gudda Gudda, and Euro, among many others. Earlier this year the artist made the original No Ceilings (2009) available across all digital streaming platforms for the very first time.
No Ceilings 3 also follows Lil Wayne’s 13th studio album, Funeral, which dropped at the top of the year. The star-studded album included such guests as Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Lil Baby, The-Dream, XXXTentacion, Jay Rock, Takeoff, Adam Levine, O.T. Genasis, and Lil Twist, and debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200, marking the rapper’s fifth chart-topping album in the US.
In June, the rapper released a deluxe edition of the album, which added eight new tracks and contributions from Doja Cat, Lil Uzi Vert, Jessie Reyez, Tory Lanez, Benny The Butcher, and Conway the Machine.
Currently, Lil Wayne appears alongside Lil Baby in Rolling Stone’s “Musicians on Musicians” issue. The two artists spoke about their influences, growing up in the south, and their creative processes, among other topics.
Wayne revealed that when it comes to picking songs for an album, he relies on his longtime collaborator and Young Money co-founder, Mack Maine. “I just throw them all out down on the table and let him pull his hair out, even though he’s got no hair. I just gave him, like, 90 songs when all he actually needed was two. [Laughs.] He just lets me know what he picked. I mean, that right there comes from just having confidence in every single thing I do. And thinking every single song I do is worthy of being the Number One song in the damn country, so therefore I never get pissed about none of the songs he didn’t pick. The ones he didn’t pick, those are the best ones, too. [I] put them on mixtapes.”
“B.B. King Freestyle” feat. Drake is available now. Stream or buy it here.