At one point in the mid-to-late ’00s,T-Pain and Lil Wayne stood as two of the biggest names in hip hop. In 2008, fresh off his standout album Epiphany and countless features on some of the biggest songs of the moment, self-proclaimed “rappa turned sanga” T-Pain set fire to pretty much any song he touched. Lil Wayne went the mixtape route, instead of giving a follow-up solo album after his 2006 release Tha Carter II. He ended up delivering what many consider some of the best mixtapes of his career with Dedication 2 and Da Drought 3. So it was only fitting that when the two artists teased a collaborative project back then, many fans couldn’t wait to hear it.
Well, T-Wayne project finally dropped this week, more than eight years later. T-Pain first teased the project by sending out cryptic messages on Twitter and Instagram hinting at the release of the fabled EP.
He’d later state that he had these files since 2009, and was just tired of them sitting on his hard drive. T-Pain would also claim that Kyle Kramer, the music editor over at Noisey, was somehow responsible for these tracks seeing the light of day. Kyle was understandably happy.
No comment from Lil’ Wayne or his camp at press time on whether or not he approves of the mystical project’s surprise release. Check out the nostalgic and fabled T-Wayne EP below.