Lil Wayne has made a name for himself in the rap world and climbed his way to the top thanks to his "Tha Carter" releases. Fans have been patiently waiting since 2013 for the fifth installment, "Tha Carter V" to drop, but a dispute with record label Cash Money Records keeps delaying the release. However, Weezy could be making progress in dropping the new album.
ESPN's Cari Champion spoke to Lil Wayne on her podcast "Be Honest," where he told her he has been working in the studio every day. "I’m not working on any certain thing, I just be working. So for me to say this or that, I’d be lying. I do have 'Tha Carter V' finished, though. What I am working on right now is a way, a deal, and a comfortable deal to put 'Tha Carter V' out," he dished.
You can listen to the full interview below:
"Tha Carter V" was originally supposed to come out on October 28, 2014, according to Spin. However, in December Lil Wayne sent out a series of Tweets saying his label Cash Money Records was refusing to put out his new album. He apologized to fans and later said he wanted off the label and that he and his creativity were prisoners.
I am a prisoner and so is my creativity Again,I am truly sorry and I don't blame ya if ya fed up with waiting 4 me & this album. But thk u
— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) December 4, 2014
The "Got Money" rapper filed a lawsuit in January for $51 million and to be released from Cash Money Records, according to MTV News. He also claimed the label and co-founder Birdman owe him over $10 million for the delay on "Tha Carter V."
Despite the delay, the 32-year-old has kept himself busy and has done his best to get new music in the hands of fans. In January he released a mixtape called "Sorry 4 The Wait 2," and on July 4, he put out a new album on Tidal called "Free Weezy Album." Both releases were put out to compensate for the delay of "Tha Carter V."
In May 2014, Lil Wayne released the lead single off "Tha Carter V" called "Believe Me," which features Drake. The song was certified platinum in February after it sold over one million copies. No official release date has been announced yet for "Tha Carter V," but it sounds like that day could be getting closer.
You can hear "Believe Me" below: