Rapper talks prepping for Tha Carter V, says he's "older and wiser."
Maturity is the component that separates Lil Wayne's new album from the first release in Tha Carter series a decade ago. The YMCMB boss has had time to grow up over the years and will be more careful with his words and his actions with Tha Carter V release, he told MTV News.
"I'm older and wiser, and I know more things and I know more about myself now," the father of four explained. "Of course I'm more of a quote-unquote 'perfectionist' about what I do. "
Wayne got a hard lesson in the power of his words last year. He was criticized for a distasteful mention of Emmett Till on Future's "Karate Chop" remix. The public shaming led to apologies from Future's label, Epic Records, and eventually Weezy himself. In the midst of the controversy, Mountain Dew dropped him from a multi-million dollar endorsement deal after pressure came down from Till's family.
Although he didn't directly credit the Till incident, Wayne explained that he has learned from his mistakes. On the new album, he intends to be more mindful. "I'm more careful about what I'm doing and trying to be more careful what I'm saying," said the 31-year-old.
"It's not that I didn't care [before]," he continued, "it's just that I knew that I had people above me or around me that was gonna make sure whatever I said or shouldn't have said or whatever I did or shouldn't have did … well now I'm those people, and I'm telling me what I should and shouldn't do."
Tha Carter V, which he says will be his his last solo studio album, drops May 5.
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