At the very least, rumors - courtesy of Gotty - that Mannie Fresh is handling the production should inspire some excitement. Better that than pretty much anybody else, if you're missing that old Cash Money Records sound.
All credits to LWHQOn Oct. 18 of last year, Cash Money Records Vice President of Promotion Mel Smith sent a ripple of mystery through the rap world with a back loaded tweet that didn't even need 140 characters: "Happy Friday!! New YMCMB music coming soon!! Carter 5."
Now nearly four months later, and following a similar "Carter 5" tweet from Young Money artist Drake, there's no more need for speculation. The highly anticipated fifth installment to Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter" album series is coming soon.
"We're very close to dropping the album," Smith told the Griffin. "It's going to be a huge surprise to everyone, it's an incredible album … I can't release the date because he wants to surprise people, he wants his true fan base to get excited but he's worked extremely hard on it and you won't be disappointed."
The album will be Lil' Wayne's first "Tha Carter" installment since 2011's "Tha Carter IV," which sold 964,000 copies in its first week. His last album, "I Am Not A Human Being II," sold just 217,000 copies in its opening week last March.
While Smith was careful as to not spoil the direction of "Tha Carter V," he mentioned that it was more in line with its four predecessors as opposed to the "IANAHB" series.
"He's one of the artists like Prince who just continues to record," he said. "He does it for the love of the art, for the record, he continues to work hard to top himself, like when he does the 'I Am Not A Human Being' records that he's, which are a little more rock and roll tangent, a little more pop tangent while "Tha Carter V" is a little more Lil Wayne getting it to you straight from New Orleans."
Smith had no idea as to whether or not the album might serve as Wayne's retirement record, which has been speculated for some time, but he does find it hard to see the rapper he kindly refers to as a "studio rat" leaving the booth despite all the talk.
"That's the thing about Wayne, when we put out the last "Carter," we put it out and sold almost 1,000,000 records in one week. The day we put it out, he was still in the studio recording," he said.
Regardless of whether or not it proves to be his last album, it won't be the last you hear from the MC - Smith says Wayne will "absolutely" be going on tour, and to expect the artist to be on the road for the summer or fall.
Until then, fans can wait for the surprise release of what the Cash Money executive calls an "epic" album.
"Everybody who's heard it feels the same way, the general excitement of something big coming," he said. "You're just generally excited for when the world hears it."
May 15th, 2014: Christina Milian Talks Working On "Tha Carter V" With Mannie Fresh.During a recent interview with The FADER, Soulja Boy confirms that he is currently working on Lil Wayne's upcoming Tha Carter V album and says he has already done two beats for the project.
Soulja mentions that when he was down in Miami last month he hit up the studio with Tune and Justin Bieber to work on C5, as well explains what the vibe was like as they were all trying to come up with the best sound for the summer.
During the interview, Milian confirmed that she has recorded on two songs for Tunechi's upcoming Tha Carter V album; one of which was with Mannie Fresh. She also mentioned that she is excited for the world to hear C5 and that it is going to be a "killer album".
The Young Money Barbie also mentioned that Lil Wayne had sent her something for Tha Carter V, but she does not know if it will make the album just yet.
June 10th, 2014: Lil Wayne "Tha Carter V" Billboards Spotted In New Orleans & AtlantaMack Maine revealed to XXL yesterday that Nicki's album will now be dropping before C5. The Young Money President also confirmed that both projects will have a release date and not drop out of the blue like how Beyonce's latest album did.
Mike WiLL Made It recently stopped by Power 105.1′s The Breakfast Club radio show to chop it up with Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee, and DJ Envy.
During their conversation, Mike Will discussed his new single "Buy The World" featuring Lil Wayne, Future and Kendrick Lamar, and confirmed that he has three beats on Wayne's upcoming Tha Carter V album.
The producer also mentioned that Weezy F Baby is "sounding crazy", "on one right now", and "ripping everything" after he gets asked how Weezy is sounding on C5!
July 2nd, 2014: Lil Wayne's "Krazy" Single Now On iTunesTha Carter V release date:
"I'm so not good with that. I think it drops either in September and then we have… ah I can't tell you the sneak thing. Anyway, yeah, I think it drops in September or August."
If Tha Carter V will drop before the "Drake vs. Lil Wayne" tour:
"It might drop before then, in July. Or August 25 or something like that? I'm finished, I'm done"
Da Other Album release date:
"If Tha Carter was to drop in August, DOA would be October."
July 14th, 2014: Lil Wayne & Drake's "Believe Me" Single Is Now #1 On Billboard's Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop ChartIn related news, Weezy F Baby confirmed to MTV that both Nicki and Drizzy Drake will appear on his upcoming Tha Carter V album, because they "would not be albums without them.
July 19th, 2014: Theotis Beasley Confirms Lil Wayne Is Still Working On His "Tha Carter V" AlbumAccording to Billboard, Lil Wayne's "Believe Me" single featuring Drake has gone from #4 to #1 on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems, which tracks radio and Internet airplay of songs, says "Believe Me" saw a 6% rise in broadcasting time all the way up to 3,296 spins.
This now means that Weezy F Baby is in second place for the most No. 1s on the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop chart, with his Young Money artist Drizzy in first place who has a total of 18 No. 1 records. Congratulations to them both!
"Late night missions in the studio while my family finishing up his album. Shit finna get nutz. #YMCMB over errrrthanggg #CarterV"
As promised, Lil Wayne has revealed the official artwork for his forthcoming album, Tha Carter V, on ESPN's "First Take" sport show.
Weezy F Baby didn't just show off the cover for his album, he also announced that it would be released on October 28th.