South: Lil' Wayne's "Rebirth" Album Faces Sudden Death
Friday, Feb 27, 2009 10:40AM
Grammy-winning rapper Lil' Wayne's highly anticipated rock album The Rebirth is reportedly on the verge of being shelved by Universal Records.
The alleged speculation comes after a month of Weezy dropping the project's first single.
Universal big wigs are cautious of the rock album release considering the first single from the project, "Prom Queen", dropped in January but only reached No. 15 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. Lil Wayne's manager Cortez Bryant has allegedly been advised against letting the star press ahead with the project. A source says, "If Wayne doesn't brighten up, they have to turn into Mr. Evil Record Company and just tell him it's never going to be released." (Examiner)
Doubt over the album's success and post-impact on the label's current top star has also reportedly played a factor.
Universal reportedly withdrew the decision to release the album because the executives do not foresee the success of a rock album being made by a rap artist. The label does not want to indulge in anything that will knock Wayne from being the top-selling singer. (All Headline News)
Rebirth's original release date was pushed back from Apirl to early summer 2009.
Weezy has pushed back the release date of his rock-and-roll LP Rebirthfrom April 7 to May 19. The video for the album's first single, "Prom Queen," however, has been shot and should be released soon. In addition to Rebirth, Wayne is still working on Tha Carter IV, the Hot Boys reunion LP and an album featuring all the artists on his Young Money label, including Mack Maine, Jae Millz, Kid Kid and Nicki Minaj. (MTV News)
Wayne's recently won four trophies at the 51st Grammy Awards.
Lil' Wayne won rap album of the year for Tha Carter III as well as best rap solo performance for "A Milli," rap song for "Lollipop" and rap/sung collaboration for "Swagga Like Us" during the pre-telecast. The artist, who joined Allen Toussaint, Terence Blanchard and Robin Thicke for a musical salute to New Orleans, led the nominee field going into the ceremony with nods in eight categories. (Billboard)