News: SOHH EXCLUSIVE: Young Money's Shanell On Lil Wayne's "Rebirth" Delay, "You Can't Rush Creativity"

Monday, Sep 7, 2009 12:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

With the frequent delays of Lil Wayne's The Rebirth album and an unconfirmed release date, SOHH spoke with Young Money's Shanell aka SNL, who penned "Prom Queen," about the project's unknown release.

Claiming the album will bring something new to the game, Shanell also said Weezy's creativity has forced the album's delay.

"It 'does' exist and it's incredible in my eyes," Shanell promised. "I really think it shows another side of Wayne and Young Money because everybody's on it. Everybody's been able to express somewhat an alternative side of themselves so it's gonna be interesting, it's going to be different. There's a lot of rapping, but there's a lot of other stuff. I just think the world is ready to hear some different music. He's a creative person and you can't rush creativity and as you saw even with Tha Carter 3 album, that was pushed back and pushed back and pushed back but when it came out? It blew up and it was a great album so I would say, you know, good things come to those who wait." (SOHH)

Young Money's Nicki Minaj recently spoke on a possible Rebirth collaboration she may have alongside Wayne.

"Usually in the beginning Wayne would have an idea and I would just write a verse around Wayne's idea," she explained. "However, for the new stuff that you guys haven't heard yet that will probably be on Wayne's Rebirth and the Young Money compilation album -- I went in there and chose beats, did the hook, and wrote my verse. Wayne then came in and loved it and he added his stuff on it, so it all depends on who vibes to the beat first and feels something." (New Lil Wayne)

Weezy previously expressed the importance of making his rock-based album more versatile than other releases.

"The Rebirth album is just me expressing myself without any boundaries," he said in an interview earlier this summer. "Without any margins, without any guidelines...[I'm] trying to do something different. I told my record company, 'Don't tell me nothing about what I say. Don't tell me nothing about what you hear. Just get behind me.' That's what Rebirth is." (MTV)

According to a source at Wayne's label, the project will likely hit stores around the winter holiday.

Cash Money just changes their dates whenever they want to," says a Universal Motown rep. "It's definitely not August. I have no idea why it was moved, and I'm not anticipating a September release. Right now I'm looking at closer to October." A representative for Cash Money tells the Music Mix even that estimated date is likely too early: "It's not going to be 'til the end of the year. We're talking about holiday [season]." You read that right: Rebirth might not be on shelves until December 2009. (Entertainment Weekly)

Check out Lil Wayne & Shanell's "Play In My Band" live performance below:

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