Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" has been one of the most anticipated albums in hip-hop since last year, but only this week is it finally seeing the light of day via Cash Money/Universal.

Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" has been one of the most anticipated albums in hip-hop since last year, but only this week is it finally seeing the light of day via Cash Money/Universal. The first single, "Lollipop," has already spent multiple weeks atop Billboard's Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts.

"It's one of those albums people are really waiting on, so I made it so that whatever is on it will stick with you forever," Wayne says of the project, which has been plagued with leaks. "And I'm giving artists I respect and people I want to do songs with -- not songs the label fixed -- an opportunity to collaborate."

"I think this album is going to be one of my best albums," he continued. "I'm a true perfectionist. I might have to work out a deal with Universal to shoot a video to for all these songs, that's how crazy they all are. Every one of them is a movie."

Wayne has released six albums and made more than 40 guest appearances since 1999 -- 17 of those collaborations in the last two years -- not to mention the massive amount of mixtapes and leaked tracks that routinely appear online.

"I've found out that I love doing music for others," he says. "You're making history when you're making music with somebody else, for somebody else. Plus, I find that when I do that, it doesn't get leaked. And when it does, it doesn't do what it does when it's one of my songs. I get a real joy. And it's another reason why I was able to wait so long to put another album out -- because these features keep me eating and making money."

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