With Lil Wayne‘s I Am Not A Human Being II album on store shelves this week, speculation has started to stir on whether or not Weezy will hang up the microphone for good after the forthcoming Carter V release.
According to XXL Editor in Chief Vanessa Satten, Wayne will likely not live up to his proclamation of retiring after his fifth Carter addition.
XXL Editor in Chief Vanessa Satten, who has been covering Weezy since his Hot Boys days, also doesn’t buy the retirement talk. “Everybody kind of comes back. If you spit one verse after you retire, does that mean you’re back?” she questioned. “I kind of don’t think that after Tha Carter V we’ll never hear from Wayne again.” So what about Carter V? While I Am Not a Human Being II plays out like a lyrical slugfest, Tunechi puts a different type of energy into his Carter album series, something with more depth. “To me — and I can totally be wrong — Tha Carter is kind of like the main solo artist series, and the Human Being is kind of more of a one-off to keep you kinda busy between the Carter projects,” Satten said. (MTV)
Last fall, Wayne broke the news of his plans to step away from music after the LP’s release.
“I know y’all want me around for a little bit, [but] Tha Carter V is my last album,” he revealed. “I’ve been rapping since I was 8 years old; I’m 30 now. That’s a long time, and I like to do so many more things, and when I like to do something, I end up loving to do it real quick. And I love to do something, I’m fully focused on it and it only, and music sometimes is not that ‘it.'” (MTV)
Back in August, Weezy dished out his struggles with staying excited about the music biz.
“I just felt like it was time. I got bored,” Weezy told DJ Drama when asked about the motivation behind his upcoming mixtape. “Being me, I always feel like I ain’t done nothing yet. So I’m always looking for the next thing ‘to do.’ Other than that, yeah, it does get pretty boring when it comes to just the rapping and all that type of stuff. I’ve done so much of it. I’ve been doing it since I was eight and I’m about to be thirty in September and I’m still rapping. I kind of feel like I’m getting old. [laughs]” (Drama Like The DJ)
The Young Money leader’s new album is slated to push up to 210,000 copies in its opening week.
YOUR ONE-DAYS: Justin Timberlake will easily remain #1 next week; tune in tomorrow for an estimate on his second-week number. Meanwhile, here are this week’s key debuts: Lil Wayne (Young Money/Cash Money/Republic) 190-210k. Blake Shelton (Warner Bros. Nashville) 155-175k Depeche Mode (Columbia) 55-60k (HITS Daily Double)