The wait is finally over. Tha Carter V has a release date and its pretty official now.
Following a settlement in his legal battle with Cash Money Records, Lil Wayne took to social media this week to make the announcement.
In a PSA, he announced that Tha Carter V will drop at midnight on Friday (Sept. 28), in celebration of his 36th birthday.
“On my birthday, I actually have something special. I will be releasing Tha Carter V on my birthday,” Wayne says. “Y’all hung in there with me, so I can’t do nothing but thank y’all for all the love and all the passion and every ounce of anything.”
There’s even a website for the album: ThaCarterV.com. It’s currently counting down the Friday release. He also unveiled the previously-seen artwork, a childhood photo of him and his mother Cita.
“I always give y’all all of me, but with this album, I’m giving you more than me,” said Wayne of the follow-up to 2011’s Tha Carter IV. “You gotta always remember that this is years of work. This is four, five, six years of work that you’ll be listening to. I hope you enjoy it. You don’t have to love it, you don’t even have to like it, just hope you enjoy it.”
The announcement follows Wayne’s lengthy legal battle with Birdman and Cash Money Records. He sued Cash Money for $51 million in 2015. This June, both sides reached a settlement for an undisclosed amount.
Tha Carter V will be the first Wayne album not under Cash Money.