Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne‘s highly anticipated rock album The Rebirth has fallen victim once again to a delayed release, while running the risk of not being released at all.
According to reports from Amazon, Weezy’s upcoming project will now arrive at the beginning of summer 2009.
After being pushed back from April 7 to May 19, Lil Wayne’s new album Rebirth, which will feature rock materials, is once again delayed. The album has been pushed back to June 9, LilWayneHQ.com has exclusively confirmed. It was previously scheduled to go head-to-head with Eminem‘s Relapse and Busta Rhymes‘ Back On My B.S. on May 19, but now it will go head-to-head with Black Eyed Peas‘ The E.N.D (The Energy Never Dies). (Lil Wayne HQ)
Despite the latest release date, there are also reports of Wayne’s album being shelved by Universal Motown.
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)
Aside from music, Weezy has signed on to VH1’s upcoming “Behind The Music” series offering fans an in-depth look inthis his rise from rags to riches.
Lil Wayne and Scott Weiland have agreed to participate, with the network near agreements with several other artists. The cable network is ordering about 10 new episodes of “Music,” bringing back the iconic documentary program that ran for several years on VH1 starting in 1997. (Billboard)
No information has yet been released on when the series will re-launch.