Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne‘s Tha Carter IV is wrapping up, as contributing producer T-Minus confirms that the solo album is almost completed.
According to T-Minus, his album contribution, “Maybe She Will”, features Rick Ross and Drake.
“Me and Drake had this record that we were going to put on [his sophomore album] Take Care, but [producer] 40 put this crazy mix on it and just made the beat bang–and after Wayne heard the mix that 40 did he was just like, ‘Wow, I’ve got to use this for my album.’ So yeah, I’m on the Tha Carter IV. The record is called ‘Maybe She Will.’ Things could change, but so far, it’s Wayne, and they got a verse from Ross, and they got Drake on the hook. I never even heard Wayne’s verse. I briefly met Wayne a few weeks ago, when I was in New York, and it was really short, like a few seconds meeting him. It was a session that we were having for Wayne and Drake. Boi-1da was there, too. But Wayne’s project, they’re trying to wrap it up really soon. He’s got a bunch of songs ready for the album. He’s just got to get a few more done, and then they’re going to push it out.” (Complex)
Producer Boi-1da revealed that Wayne recently traveled to New York City to record Carter IV music.
“We were actually just up in New York working, Lil Wayne was in there, too. I gave him stuff for Tha Carter IV. Man, 2011 is going to be a good year for music. Drake’s in tip top shape and what’s amazed me is that lyrically he’s gotten better. He was already an outstanding lyricist but now I’m just in anticipation of what people are going to think when they hear his new music…I know a lot of people had criticized him for singing, but I think he’s just coming back to show people why they fell in love with him, like ‘did you forget about me?.’ And it’s really coming out in his raps. It’s something I can’t even really explain it.” (VIBE)
The album’s first single, “6 Foot, 7 Foot,” has already left its footprints across the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
“6 Foot 7 Foot,” the first commercial release from Weezy since his stint in jail,debuts at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. The lead offering from next year’s highly-anticipated Tha Carter IV sold 166,000 downloads in its opening week and also claims the No. 3 spot on the Digital Songs chart. It is the second time he has debuted in the top 10 as a lead artist since September with the Drake-assisted “Right Above It.” Weezy debuted the Bangladesh-produced track on television for the first time during last weekend’s “SNL.” (Rap-Up)
Last September, while Wayne was still incarcerated on a gun conviction, Cash Money Records co-founder Baby said fans could expect raw rhymes on Carter IV.
“Nothing we do is half-stepping or half-cocked. I think it’s a great album. To me, he’s switching back: This album has no Vocoder, he’s back to raw rap. He’s just rapping how he’s feeling. He’s a genius, so the music is always gonna be great.” (MTV)
Check out Lil Wayne’s “6 Foot, 7 Foot” down below: