Grammy-winning rapper Lil Wayne has some last-minute Tha Carter V merch up for grabs. The hip-hop star has teamed up with Wikipedia for a new apparel launch.
On Thursday, Wayne’s Advisory Board Crystals and Wikipedia collaborative effort became available.
Lil Wayne has announced the final collaborative merch item around his latest album Tha Carter V. Weezy has partnered with the Advisory Board Crystals brand and Wikipedia for a new long-sleeve shirt that features various screen-printed graphics in a “visual representation” of his Wikipedia page. (The collaboration isn’t apropos of nothing: In the announcement video for Tha Carter V, Wayne proclaimed, “Wiki me bish.”) Advisory Board Crystals is set to donate a portion of their profits to the Wikimedia Foundation. (Pitchfork)
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Abc. x Wikipedia x Wayne Available now for 12 hours Our official collaboration with @wikipedia follows Wayne's now famous exclamation in 'Tha Carter V' announce video "Wiki Me Bish." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKWrzGKZoaQ (1:10m mark) This maximalist design is the visual interpretation of Lil Wayne’s Wikipedia page. We will donate a portion of our proceeds from this shirt to the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that supports Wikipedia and helps keep knowledge free.
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Restock alert! Swipe to see all #ThaCarterV merch – available only until midnight tonight shop.thacarterv.com 🐐 @heronpreston @cactusplantfleamarket @illegalciv @advisoryboardcrystals @dertbagus @midnightstudios @chinatownmarket @ignoredprayers @nasaseasons @wearebraindead @pizzaslime
Weezy’s latest solo effort is expected to have one of the biggest streaming weeks of 2018.
Furthermore, the album could generate over 400 million on-demand audio streams for its songs in its first week in the U.S. That sum would garner the set the third-largest streaming week ever for an album, trailing only the debut frames of Drake’s Scorpion (745.9 million, according to Nielsen Music) and Post Malone’s Beerbongs & Bentleys (431.3 million) earlier in 2018. (Billboard)
Initial estimates have the album easily debuting atop the sales chart.
So here’s the deal: With limited info available, early reads give the returning Lil Wayne a smashing #1 debut with star-studded set Tha Carter V—the third-biggest bow of the year, behind Drake (732k) and Travis Scott (537k). Cher’s bubbling batch of ABBA covers makes a splash, driven by a strong ticket bundle.
Lil Wayne (Young Money) 475-525k total activity, 165-180k album
Cher (Warner Bros.) 160-180k, 155-175k
Logic (Def Jam) 90-110k, 45-55k (HITS Daily Double)
A few nights ago, Chicago’s Chance The Rapper geeked out over Wayne’s new album.
“I’m about to have my own private listening session to C5. I just gotta say, man, thank-you Lil Wayne ’cause beyond the fact you got me my first ever number one record, first ever Grammy, you taught me so much sh*t from far away. I just want to say thank-you for dropping that sh*t. Thank-you for reclaiming your sh*t and man, I’m ready to hear that sh*t yo. I had to kick everyone out the d*mn studio so I could really take this sh*t in.”