Seven years after the release of Tha Carter IV, Lil Wayne has finally dropped his fifth installment of the Carter series.
For Weezy fans, the wait for Tha Carter V has been a roller coaster ride of lawsuits and false starts. In June, after a long legal battle, Wayne settled his lawsuit against Birdman and Cash Money Records for an undisclosed amount. Wayne’s attorney Ron Sweeney said in a statement, "I can say that my client is happy. He is his own man, a man that owns his assets, his music and himself. At some point, Wayne will let his fans know what’s going to happen next."
Wayne teased for several months that the album would be coming in 2018, telling everyone at a club appearance in Miami that he had a meeting about it and things were headed in the right direction. When a widely circulated release date of Sept. 21 turned out to be false, the rapper shared another public service announcement—similar to the one in 2014—confirming that C5 would be out on his 36th birthday.
During his dispute with Cash Money, Wayne kept feeding his fans new music throughout the years, releasing some Dedication mixtapes (and one Reloaded), another Sorry 4 the Wait, Free Weezy Album, Collegrove with 2 Chainz, and the In Tune We Trust EP. Not to mention he kept a respectable feature run on songs with Chance the Rapper, Solange, and many more. Recently, Swizz Beatz dropped the track “Pistol on My Side” with Wayne.
Will Wayne outsell Yandhi like Kanye is predicting? Only time will tell. Until then, you can stream Tha Carter V over on Apple Music. Guests on the project include Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, XXXTentacion, Nicki Minaj, and more.