Picture this. It’s 2009 and Lil Wayne for all intents and purposes is the biggest rapper in the world. He’s about to do a bid on Rikers Island for gun possession and blurts out over Waka Flocka Flame‘s “O Lets Do It” his thoughts on going to jail. “Lock the CEO up, and I’m the CEO, f*ck. Prison in February and I ain’t in no rush.”
Welcome back to No Ceilings, argued by many to be Wayne’s last universally recognized classic mixtape and the conclusion of his insane 2004 to 2009 run where he literally morphed from Cash Money’s saving grace to one of the more influential rappers, ever. A number of Wayne tapes have started bubbling their way onto digital streaming platforms such as the Free Weezy album but last night, fans got No Ceilings. Well, an abridged version of it.
Sample and song clearances clearly got in the way of a few records, hence why there’s no “D.O.A (Death of Auto-Tune)” freestyle or “Run This Down” or even “Sweet Dreams.” In fact, Dorrough didn’t clear up “Ice Cream Paint Job” and the title track, one of the sneaky best Wayne and Birdman collabs to ever exist, is absent. Tracks such as “Swag Surf” are renamed to “Surf Swag” and the “Oh Let’s Do It” freestyle is simply, “Let Do It.”
So the DSP version of No Ceilings is 11 of the best songs from the 21-track original plus an updated version of a Wayne mixtape classic in “Kobe Bryant,” the same version he performed at this year’s BET Awards in honor of the late Black Mamba. Stream the new version Wayne’s 09 classic below.