Carla Ford | Staff Writer
Once known to be the best rapper alive, Lil Wayne has made his way back into the rap spotlight with FWA. The formally known Free Weezy Album was released on July 4 exclusively only on Tidal, a new music streaming website.
It seemed as though Young Money Entertainment was taking over the Industry as one of the best record labels to sign with. However, every good empire has its fallout. Mel Smith, Vice President of Cash Money Records, said in an interview with The Griffin, “We’re very close to dropping the album. It’s going to be a huge surprise to everyone, it’s an incredible album. I can’t release the date because he wants to surprise his fans. He wants his true fan base to get excited but he’s worked extremely hard on it and you won’t be disappointed.”
Lil Wayne’s manager, Cortez Bryant, later announced in March that the album has been delayed. It was then that Lil Wayne released “Believe Me” and other songs to promote the album.
Sorry for the Wait 2, the sequel to the 2011 mixtape was released in 2015 to compensate for the continued delay of The Carter V album. In this mixtape, Lil Wayne disrespects both Birdman and Cash Money Records. He has filed a $51 million lawsuit against the record label and Birdman for failure to release Tha Carter V album.
Lil Wayne is seeking joint copyright holder of everything that was released on his Cash Money imprint which includes the recordings Drake and Nicki Minaj. If and when he does leave Cash Money Records, he plans to take Drake and Nicki Minaj with him.
Aside from the controversy, Lil Wayne has announced that there will be a “Lil Weezyana” Fest in New Orleans’ Champion Square. Complex reports that the show will feature a reunion of Lil Wayne’s 1990 group Hot Boys, which features Juvenile, B.G. and Turk. This is a show that that fans can look forward to while awaiting Mr. Carter’s next move.