Lil Wayne references label drama in new track, Grateful
Just a week ago, Lil Wayne posted some tweets that seemed to hint he was retiring — but he proved everyone wrong this weekend when he dropped a new track, “Grateful,” on Tidal.
“NEW CHAPTER,” he tweeted Friday night along with a link to the song.
Days before, Wayne tweeted, “I AM NOW DEFENSELESS AND mentally DEFEATED & I leave gracefully and thankful I luh my fanz but I’m dun.” The rapper’s reportedly been involved in a dispute with Cash Money Records that has prevented him from releasing new music — a situation Wayne references in “Grateful” with the line, “They can’t put no more Weezy Baby out / That’s that Cash Money vasectomy.”
Afterward Wayne posted the tweet, multiple big names from the hip-hop community posted their support for him on social media. “We are fighting until you get yours,” Drake wrote on Instagram. “Freedom to drop music and peace of mind.”
“Grateful” is the first new single Lil Wayne’s released since “Sucker for Pain” — the Suicide Squad soundtrack entry he collaborated on with Wiz Khalifa, Logic, Ty Dolla $ign, Imagine Dragons, and X Ambassadors — arrived this past June. His last album was 2015’s Free Weezy Album, which, like “Grateful,” was also released exclusively on Tidal.
Hear a preview of the new track below.