News: Lil Wayne's "Rebirth" Delay Explained

Monday, May 25, 2009 8:30AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Despite rumors of Universal Records attempting to not release Lil Wayne's The Rebirth project, the label has reportedly encountered sample problems forcing its latest delay.

The album's mid-summer release will help Weezy's label attain authorization for certain tracks on the LP.

The latest delay is reportedly to give Universal Records more time to get permission for the samples used on the album, Lil Wayne's seventh solo effort. Confirmed guest stars on Rebirth include Avril Lavigne, Aubrey "Drake" Graham, Fall Out Boy and Lenny Kravitz. The album, which has already spawned lead single "Prom Queen," is being touted as Lil Wayne's experimental foray into rock music. (And Pop News)

Reports earlier this year hinted at the album possibly being shelved by Universal.

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)

Weezy's upcoming rap-meets-rock project was recently pushed back to July.

There are only so many ways to report an album delay. In the case of Lil Wayne, that number currently stands at five. Weezy F. Baby's foray into rock has been pushed back one month from June 23 to July 21, Rap-Up.com can report. The album has had numerous delays since its original April 7 release date. It is scheduled to feature Fall Out Boy, Kevin Rudolf and Avril Lavigne. (Rap-Up)

The rapper recently hinted at what concepts fans could expect from The Rebirth.

"The fans should expect from the new album, more electricity, more more more power, more everything, more me," Wayne explained in an interview. "But different edge of course, it's really different from what they've been used to but, it's still me at the end of the day. The influence of the new album is mainly rock, but again, it's me. So I guess, I guess I'll call it my rock. Yeah." (Soundcheck)

The Rebirth is currently scheduled to hit shelves Tuesday, July 21st via Cash Money/Universal Records.

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