Tha Carter 5 will reportedly drop in its original form this weekend.
Following years of delay, legal battles, and a tumultuous falling out with Birdman, the fifth installment of Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter series was released to the public in September 2018. That version included features from XXXTENTACION, Nicki Minaj, Travis Scott, Kendrick Lamar, and debuted at no. 1 with the second-highest week one streams ever. At the time, Lil Wayne promised that the version of Tha Carter 5 fans heard was the only version that existed, just with updated features.
Last September, however, 20 songs leaked that allegedly made up the original 2014 version of the album. Finished versions of those songs, and more, are set to see an official release this Friday.
The news was revealed by the Young Money Twitter account when the president of the record company, Mack Maine, dropped off a new sports car for Weezy’s birthday.
“In honor of THE GOATs birthday, @mackmaine dropped off two big gifts today — a new amethyst McLaren for @liltunechi AND the news of the OG CV dropping on 9/25,” the tweet says. “WHATS HARDER, LIFE OR MR. CARTER?!?!?”
In honor of THE GOATs birthday, @mackmaine dropped off two big gifts today — a new amethyst McLaren for @liltunechi AND the news of the OG CV dropping on 9/25. WHATS HARDER, LIFE OR MR. CARTER?!?!? pic.twitter.com/tpPfxM4PtJ
— Young Money (@YoungMoneySite) September 21, 2020
Mack Maine further confirmed the news in a video from TMZ. “I heard y’all. Y’all always wanted that OG CV,” he said. “I’m gonna make sure y’all can bump it too. Tha Carter V deluxe, OG Carter V baby. This Friday, you heard me? We in the building. Happy birthday Tunechi. The GOAT.”
Tha Carter 5 follows another nostalgic Lil Wayne release.
A shortened version of the classic mixtape No Ceilings made its way onto streaming services in August, following the January release of his thirteenth studio album, Funeral, in January. Wayne also announced that Tha Carter 6 was on the way as well, and said it would be the best one yet. “My favorite Carter album the next one,” he said in an interview with Variety.