According to Lil Wayne‘s friends, Tha Carter V is on the way. Drake told the crowd at a concert in New Orleans in February that Wayne would be dropping his new album on May 5. That date is likely not set in stone, but in an interview at music festival SXSW, Young Money president Mack Maine confirmed that Wayne is getting ready to drop a new album. “Carter V is coming soon,” he said. “Wayne’s going to be coming soon.” And now, Wayne has released a first single, “D’usse,” confirming the hype. Check out the single below.
“Carter V Season” officially began when Kobe Bryant tweeted the art below in the last week of April.
The website Rap-Up said that guests on the supposed album were Drake, Future, Kanye West, Nas, The Weeknd, Meek Mill, Rich Homie Quan, Young Thug, J. Cole, Bun B, Game and Birdman. Cash Money executives said on Twitter that this report was fake, but we could bet on a handful of those artists ending up involved in the real project. Ever since 2010’s I Am Not a Human Being, only two of Wayne’s 12 singles have been solo. Four of the five singles from Tha Carter IV and all four singles from I Am Not a Human Being II were collaborations.
Who might show up on the first Carter V single, you ask? Well there has also been little indication which producers might be working on Tha Carter V, though that might be because the honest answer is probably “all of them.” Wayne’s beats typically come from a mix of established producers and names that are more-or-less unknown. The most likely producer is Detail, who has suddenly blown up thanks to singles with Beyoncé (“Drunk in Love”), Jennifer Lopez (“I Luh Ya Papi”), Nicki Minaj (“Lookin’ Ass”) and Wiz Khalifa (“We Dem Boyz”). Shortly after Kobe’s tweet, Floyd Mayweather released a clip of Weezy in the studio with Drake (below).
Wayne has never been secretive about his desire to retire in his mid-thirties. He’s there now, and he’s still been adamant that Tha Carter V will be his last solo album, but if this album is as successful as his most recent records, it’s still hard to imagine him just walking away from it all. He has, predictably, allowed for this very possibility. He has said that he would return to making albums if someone put up around $30 million. That means technically Tha Carter VI isn’t entirely out of the cards for our future.