Last Friday, not long after Drake released his sudden surprise “mixtape” If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, rumors circulated that Drake’s mentor Lil Wayne would release his own new surprise album The Free Weezy Album by the end of the day. That never happened, but Wayne now says that the album is on the way and that it’ll be out in March. Drake is rumored to be at odds with his label, Cash Money Records, but Wayne definitely is. He unleashed a series of angry tweets late last year about wanting to be off the album, and then he filed a $51 million lawsuit. And while Wayne may be trapped in legal limbo now, he doesn’t plan to stop cranking out music.
Of Tha Carter V, Wayne’s supposed retirement album, Wayne tells Rolling Stone, “It’s super-done. Cake baked, icing on top, name on top, candles lit. I would have released it yesterday if I could. But it’s a dead subject right now. It’s a jewel in the safe. It’s that stash-house money.” That’s a lot of metaphors!
Wayne also says that he and Cash Money figurehead Birdman are not on speaking terms: “I have no words. I’m super-numb to it, to tell you the truth.”
Meanwhile, he’s spending serious time in the studio working on The Free Weezy Album: “I’m working on it every day, man. I guarantee it’s going to be something dope. If you don’t want a musician being creative, don’t get The Free Weezy Album.” If the tape does indeed arrive in March, it’ll be hot on the heels of his last mixtape, the solid Sorry 4 The Wait 2.
Meanwhile, Wayne, now in his thirties, had some fun quotes about being a clueless dad, relying on his teenage daughter Reginae to keep him up on slang. He likes Rae Sremmurd and Migos, but “Sometimes I don’t know what the hell they’re talking about on Instagram. I had to call [Reginae], like, ‘What the hell is “on fleek”?'”