Lil Wayne headed 'straight to the studio' after leaving prison, says label head

lil-wayne-babyImage Credit: Arnold Turner/WireImage.comLil Wayne is expected to finish his Rikers Island sentence next Thursday, Nov. 4. That very day, the rap megastar will likely make a bee-line for one of his favorite places on Earth: the recording studio.

“Me knowing Wayne, he’s going into the studio,” Cash Money label head Baby (a.k.a. Birdman) tells the Music Mix. “He hasn’t been able to rap for months. I think after seeing the family, popping a few bottles, it’s back to basics. Family first, that’s what we believe in, that’s what we’re loyal to. After that, I think the same day he comes home, he’s going to go straight to the studio.”

Wayne’s first priority when he enters the booth for the first time since March will be working on his long-promised project Tha Carter IV. Baby expects that album to arrive in the first quarter of 2011, though no release plans have been finalized.

Baby is also looking forward to working with Wayne on a sequel to Like Father, Like Son, the collaborative album that the mentor and protégé released in 2006. “We’re planning on putting that out Father’s Day weekend,” he says. So what should fans expect to hear next June? “Just me and Wayne being us, the father-son thing. [We're] bringing that Cash Money/Young Money sound, that traditional hard-body rap, the music that we do together — that gangsta s—, straight up.”

The next year is shaping up to be a busy one for the label. Along with Tha Carter IV and Like Father, Like Son 2, Baby anticipates new releases from Cash Money/Young Money artists including himself, Drake, Jay Sean, Bow Wow, DJ Khaled, Tyga, Lil Twist, and more. Drake’s sophomore full-length will likely drop next summer. “He’s in the lab right now,” says Baby. “You never know with Drizzy — [the album will be done] whenever he’s ready.”

(Follow The Music Mix on Twitter: @EWMusicMix.)

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  • Phil

    So this article really means that “Tha Carter IV” aint dropping the day Weezy gets out, and that eventhough Jay Sean & Nicki Minaj’s “2012″ is a hit, & still climbing the charts, his still untitled sophomore disc ain’t dropping til 2011 too. Guess that means Nicki’s “Pink Friday” is going to eb the label’s only priortiy this holiday season, with Wayne prolly jumping on the remix to either “Right Thru Me” or her next single.

  • outside agitator

    1) his drum machines and samplers have been getting dusty so he’d better get in the studio and fire them babies up!

    2) why does every photo of every rapper ever taken feature them scowling and trying to look threatening?

    • Sara

      to cover up their ugliness.

    • Nuha Elzubeir

      To make them look tough/hardcore.
      It’s actually something that comes instinctively with some people though, think Weezy is one of them people. :)

    • Jasper Johns

      It’s a prison thing, a gang thing, posturing, like you don’t stay on top at Rikers Island by extending the hand of friendship to just anyone, man. It’s about respect, giving it, getting it . . .

  • Ali

    Good i cant weit 2 see him

  • rwayne

    i love lil wayne

  • rwayne

    lil wayne is a good rapper i love him very.i can do anything just to see him.now whenever they arrest him my mind is always on fire.i really do love lil wayne because of his way,his tatoo and the way he raps.am a young rapper who meetate lil wayne.am truely and always be a fan of lil wayne.my name is r-wayne.

  • Emel

    Lil wayne is my father and i want united state to stand up on d 4 of Nov. We love w33zy

  • curtzambe

    wayne’s release is gonna be ma invitation to start listening to music.welcome back LIL WAYNE tha best rapper alive.

    • Francessco

      I didn’t talk or sing the whole time, baucese I was afraid I would mess up the wonderful state of mind I was in. Gave me chills…

  • Mr B.A

    Honestly speaking, i think that lil wayne is goin 2 kill da next album, i cnt wait 4 it 2 cme out.

  • marchelle

    Wayne gots 2 do a mixtape within a month…gots 2 go off of hard in da paint…he would go crazy off dat beat…bmf…pretty boy swag…i kno he gon go crazy…

  • Uche

    I am hapy Lil Wayne is back frm prison bcos i hav misd him so much.hp he will b a gud boy.

    • Raxit

      Just added this blog to my fvaorites. I enjoy reading your blogs and hope you keep them coming!

  • Idodoblizz

    U wil alwayz b my num 1 rapper lyk who’s dat,who says dey gonna bit lil wayne?

  • Ntando

    Hope wayne dont come out with wack lines like t.i bt i hve faith in him he’ll blow us away.

  • Joe Candy

    Wateva u want 2 do is fine…. Anything… Just get out of there…. Weezy f baby

  • BIBI WAYNEE

    I LOVE YOU LIL WAYNEEE AKE LA V*****

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  • joe

    I lov is swagges.i can’t want 4 him to get out of jail.I lik d way he raps,just everything.

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