28 Sep Lil Wayne ends seven-year wait for ‘Tha Carter V’, Kendrick Lamar, Ashanti and Nicki Minaj among features on fifth instalment
More than seven years after his last album, Lil Wayne has finally delivered the Tha Carter V.
The fifth-instalment features Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, Ashanti, Travis Scott, Snoop Dogg, Nivea, Mack Maine, Sosamann and the recently-deceased XXXTENTACION all feature. Reginae Carter, Weezy’s 19-year-old daughter, also features. The album itself runs for 23 tracks.
Wayne has been embroiled in a three-year long legal battle with former mentor and Cash Money owner, Birdman, better known as Marcus Williams. In 2014, Weezy handed over what was meant to be the final version of Tha Carter V to his label, but had only been paid 20% of his guarantee, receiving around £1.2m in total.
That was the final straw as Wayne and his legal team went back-and-forth with Birdman in the courts, with the dispute ending on June 7 2018. Weezy is now the majority owner of Young Money, retaining his original 51% stake. He was also repaid his guarantees, while Young Money’s distribution deal with Republic is still valid.
Fans have had to wait the best part of seven years for new music from Wayne. Between 2011, the year Tha Carter 4, and 2018, the most we’ve seen are sporadic guest verses here and there. However, a day after his 36th birthday, Weezy has ended his hiatus.
Within a day of its release, The Carter V became the second biggest first-day album performance in the history of Spotify, totalling 49.5 million streams, with all 23 of its songs featured in the top-25 most-streamed list.
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