Lil Wayne's 'Tha Carter V' Is Finally Here
After years of delays, his 12th studio album has arrived.
Lil Wayne's Tha Carter V is finally here.
After six and a half years since the last installation of Tha Carter series and almost a year since his last mixtape Dedication 6, Lil Wayne dropped his 12th studio album today. Earlier this week, Wayne revealed in a three-minute video that the album was coming on his birthday—September 28—and thanked fans for their patience and support over the last few years.
The 23 track album features artists Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Nicki Minaj, and more.
Talk surrounding the album has grown over the past few weeks after Young Money teased what looked like the official artwork for C5 on Twitter. Later, in an interview with Billboard, Wayne confirmed that the album was dropping soon. While no specific details were discussed, Wayne played tracks from the project including one where he admitted to attempting suicide at age 12.
Over the past six years, Wayne and his Young Money camp have kept the industry on their toes regarding today’s release. The album has experienced many delays due to multiple disputes involving Lil Wayne and his former label, Cash Money Records.
Here’s a short history:
Back in July 2012, while attending the X Games in Los Angeles, Wayne participated in a live online chat with fans where he said the album would drop sometime in 2013. Over the next year and a half, Wayne released three mixtapes—Dedication 4, I Am Not a Human Being II, and Dedication 5—and announced he was co-headlining the Drake vs. Lil Wayne tour.
There was no word on the album until February 2014 when Drake tweeted “CARTER V.” Five days later, Wayne announced that the album would drop that May. In the same year, several snippets of the album and the single “Believe Me” with Drake were released. Around this time, it was rumored that artists and producers including Mannie Fresh, Soulja Boy, Justin Bieber, DJ Mustard, and Mike WILL Made-It were working on the project.
In a storm of tweets on December 4, 2014, Wayne said: “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 thx u.” He blamed his record Cash Money, founder Birdman, and Robert “Slim” Williams for the delay. The following month, Wayne dropped Sorry For The Wait 2 and went on to sue Cash Money Records for $51 million, claiming the label violated his contract terms and withheld tons of money after delaying the several times.
Over the next two years, Wayne and the album got wrapped up in legal and non-legal beef with Birdman, Young Thug, Martin Shkreli, TIDAL and various other parties. However, on June 7, 2018, Lil Wayne reached a settlement with Cash Money Records and as a result, Wayne has released Tha Carter V on Universal Records and Young Money, which he is now the sole owner of.
You can stream Tha Carter V on all streaming services here: