Both Kanye West and Lil Wayne are facing crucial new releases this week, with West set to pair his Saturday Night Live performance with the mysterious Yandhi and Wayne finally giving life to the infinitely delayed Tha Carter V. But for West, there's not much chance of beating the Carter V hype, and that's totally fine by him.
Thursday, mere hours before Wayne's first new Carter entry in seven years, West told fans that debuting at No. 2 behind Weezy would be "lovely" because the universe needs them both. West also confirmed that Yandhi, his sooner-than-expected follow-up to Ye, would be out Saturday night:
Not much is known about Yandhi, which has seemingly been positioned as a quasi-sequel to his excellent 2013 brushstroke of middle finger–assisted experimentation Yeezus and even boasts similarly stark cover art. If the album does indeed debut behind Carter V, this will mark the first solo West album to not debut in the top spot since his 2004 debut The College Dropout.
Should I be expecting another deep cry inspired by, say, a "Hold My Liquor Pt. 2"?
Sadly, mutual guest spots on each other's new album has not been announced or even remotely teased by either artist. The two have previously collaborated multiple times, including on the supremely under-discussed "Lollipop" remix, which notably includes the line "Like Doritos, that's not yo cheese."