The moment rap fans have been waiting for. Finally, Lil’ Wayne has released his 5th debut album, Tha Carter V, with featuring artists such as Travis Scott, Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Reginae Carter (his daughter), and many more talented artists.
The 23-track album is a sequel to his 2011 album Tha Carter IV, which was held up for years, due to legal issues. Tha Carter V was set to be released in December 2014, but was delayed because of relationship issues Wayne had with his record label, Cash Money Records, and music partner, Birdman.
December 2014, Wayne publicly called out Birdman and Cash Money Records on Twitter saying:
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Early in 2015, Wayne sued Cash Money and its co-founder, Birdman, for $51 million for the waiting release of his album and other difficulties. Wayne told Rolling Stone, back in 2015 that Tha Carter V is more than ready to be released. “It’s super-done. Cake baked, icing on top, name on top, candles lit. I would have released it yesterday if I could. But it’s a dead subject right now. It’s a jewel in the safe. It’s that stash-house money.”
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) September 28, 2018
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With the anticipated wait from many fans, and even Wayne himself, Tha Carter V surpassed 100,000,000 streams in two days and is even set for #1 album debut on Billboard 200.
Remember the #InMyFeelingsChallenge? With Wayne’s album just releasing last Friday, many fans have taken to social media a new dance challenge, #UproarChallenge. “Uproar,” track four on Tha Carter V, is definitely a favorite on the album by many fans.
Lil Wayne got the whole New York going crazy 🔥 pic.twitter.com/Yx4BNaEueJ
— Junebug (@juneelite) October 1, 2018
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Many have been questioning why his Young Money student, Drake, was not featured on any songs in the album. He mentioned in an interview with Elliot Wilson, that Drake couldn’t make it on the album due to clearance issues. “A few of the singles that [Drake and I] released throughout the years—those were Tha Carter V songs,” he said, citing “Believe Me,” which was released in May 2014, as one of the songs they released instead of holding them back.
When asked about other songs on the album, he stated that many were old and only a few were newer. When asked about his collaboration with Kendrick Lamar on “Mona Lisa,”, Wayne replied, “that song old, man.” Wayne also went on to say that his inclusion with XXXTentacion, a Florida based rapper, who was shot and killed on June 18, 2018, was Mack Maine’s idea. Wayne stated that he “didn’t know who XXXTentacion was,” until he heard the feature on the album.
— johnny B🦈🌊 (@senpaijohnnyy) September 28, 2018
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During the interview, Wayne said that he has not listened to Tha Carter V following its release. He said that once he heard his mothers emotional introduction on “I Love You Dwayne,” he couldn’t go on listening after that.
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me listening to lil wayne's mom cry and congratulate her son, followed immediately by the lighter flick, on the intro to "tha carter v" pic.twitter.com/T9QMcMMEDR
— 🌊 (@mattwhitlockPM) September 28, 2018
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Now that Wayne has released his fifth album, does this mean it will be his last album? Maybe yes. Maybe no. After Wayne announced Tha Carter V in 2012, he told Billboard, he would after its release in December 2014; fast forward four years later, we don’t know Wayne’s final decision yet.
“I really enjoyed the album. I love Lil’ Wayne. I’m glad he could finally release this project.” – Tyler Hannah, 12th Grade, LHS
Check out Tha Carter V, streaming everywhere on music app streaming services.