Image Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.comWe’ve already reported that Lil Wayne is set to release his I Am Not a Human Being EP on September 27, his birthday. Its lead, Drake-assisted single, “Right Above It,” debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart yesterday. But Jermaine “Mack Maine” Preyan, the incarcerated rhymer’s Young Money label head, revealed to MTV today that the highly anticipated followup to 2008’s Tha Carter III could come just weeks after that.
Since Wayne had recorded so much music before being locked down last spring, Maine said that they plan to release Tha Carter IV on November 5, the day Wayne is released from Rikers Island.
“Tha Carter IV plans we had and still have are to put Tha Carter IV out the day he comes out,” Mack told MTV. “He had so many songs for Tha Carter IV, we said let’s just put these 10 songs out [for I Am Not a Human Being] and double back for Tha Carter IV. He has more songs for Tha Carter IV that are still strong.”
Maine also said that Wayne is heavily involved in the song selection process and has picked six records already. A first single “could be as early as October. Or we might just drop the album that day, just surprise [the fans]. Just hope it don’t leak out and drop it that day. I think it would crazy, the anticipation.”
This just sounds like they’d like to capitalize on buzz and make the most money rather than make the best product. You’re telling me I’d have to wait until Tha Carter V (by the way, when will this Carter series end?) to hear a new batch of music from a post-jail Wayne? That’s nuts. For someone whose love for recording music is so robust, I’d expect Wayne to want to jump in the studio as soon as he leaves prison and give his fans some raps fresh from the oven. If there are big records on it, the album will sell either way. Just ask Eminem. I’m looking forward to the album just as much as the next rap head is. But I’m also hoping for a classic one.
Maine also confirmed that Wayne will have a concert the night he gets out, but wasn’t sure where it would be held just yet.
What do you think of Wayne’s release day plans? Is his team trying to take your money or give you the best album possible? Will you try to make it to his first concert post jail? Let us know.
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