Fans believed the album would be dropping at midnight and waited. But when nothing came out...
Tha Carter V was originally announced in 2012 and scheduled for a Dec. 2014 release as the final album of Lil Wayne's career. However, five days before the release, Tha Carter V was put on hold when Lil Wayne started expressing frustration with his label, Cash Money Records, and Cash Money Records' cofounder Birdman.
"To all my fans, I want u to know that my album won't and hasn't been released bekuz Baby [Birdman] & Cash Money Rec. refuse to release it," he tweeted.
Next came a lawsuit, filed in January 2015. Lil Wayne sued Birdman and Cash Money Records for breach of contract and witholding of payments.
On June 7 of this year, Lil Wayne and Cash Money Records reached a settlement. While the exact details are confidential, Lil Wayne reportedly received the rights to Tha Carter, which will drop through Universal Records. After two decades, Lil Wayne and Cash Money Records are no longer officially affiliated.
Lil Wayne first met Birdman when he was eight years old, and signed with Birdman's label three years later. Birdman was an influential force in Lil Wayne's life professionally and personally, acting as a mentor and father figure.
Check out more of the bummed tweets about Tha Carter V below.