Lil Wayne is back, and he’s ready to be a superstar again. In the cover story of the new issue of Rolling Stone, his first interview since getting out of Rikers Island correctional facility last November after an eight-month stay, Wayne recounts life in jail and discusses his long-awaited return to form, Tha Carter IV. According to the offline article, the album is scheduled for an April release, possibly even sooner.
Among the album’s expected hightlights are guests appearances by Kanye West, T-Pain and Drake and a potential new single called “Wayne's World.”
Aside from last year’s hodgepodge I Am Not a Human Being, Lil Wayne has not had a proper rap album since 2008’s much celebrated Tha Carter III. In 2009, his ill-conceived rap-rock excursion Re-Birth was released to little fanfare.
In Wayne’s absence, stars like Eminem, Jay-Z and West—and lately, representatives of his own Young Money imprint, Drake and Nicki Minaj—have had the spotlight to themselves. With Tha Carter IV, he hopes to change all that.
One thing we know for sure about the new record is that Chris Brown will not get a chance to rap on it. In one of the many humorous anecdotes in the Rolling Stone piece (some of which can be sampled here), Wayne reviews his work on Chris Brown’s new song “Look at Me Now,” and laments that he can’t use the track for his album.
“I am not having Chris Brown rapping on Tha Carter IV,” he says. “Do you know how many rappers would be like, ‘I can’t get on Tha Carter IV, but this nigga put Chris Brown on that bitch? Rapping?’”