It’s here. Lil Wayne finally delivered his long-awaited Tha Carter V album on Friday (Sept. 28). After initially slating the last project of the legendary series for release in 2014, Weezy got tangled in a tumultuous lawsuit with Cash Money Records, fighting for his creative freedom. The suit was eventually settled for an undisclosed sum between Wayne, Cash Money and Universal Music Group in June.
The 36-year-old became the sole proprietor of Young Money Entertainment as a result of the grueling lawsuit. Tha Carter V‘s release should serve as a celebratory moment, lifting the burden that muzzled Tunechi in recent years. C5 notches feature appearances from Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, XXXTentacion, and more.
With Wayne’s legacy very much solidified, Tha Carter V will still play an integral role in spawning the next phase of the 504 native’s illustrious career. “I’m very much a perfectionist. I don’t know what it’s setting me up for — some big comeback, or maybe some big fall back or whatever — but it’s setting me up for something, and I’m ready,” he told Billboard in our September cover story.
The winding journey culminates by crossing the finish line on Friday. Stream Tha Carter V below.