With the anticipation for Lil’ Wayne’s long-awaited Tha Carter IV album growing, Young Money president Mack Maine explained why eager fans will have to wait a little longer for its release.
“He’s still perfecting a few things, he’s a perfectionist...changing a few lines,” Mack Maine told MTV News about the month-long delay in the project’s release. “We also have a huge record that wasn’t done yet. We’re in L.A. right now. We have a little studio time and it should be done probably by Monday.”
As with most highly anticipated albums, Maine and the YM camp are struggling to plug a lot of leaks related to Tha Carter IV.
Last week the album art—a picture of a five-year-old Weezy with airbrushed tattoos reminiscent of Tha Carter III cover—leaked on the internet.
“The same day it leaked out, we had just approved the cover that morning,” said Maine. “Soon as we approved it, it leaked out within two hours.”
Mack revealed that although the cover art is real, the leaked tracklist and leaked images for Wayne’s video for “If I Die Tonight” featuring Rick Ross haven’t been finalized.
“I’m pretty sure [the tracklist] can’t be all the way accurate, because I don’t even have all the features back on some of it, and two [of the] songs haven’t been done yet,” said Maine, who adds that the Ross-assisted video will be completed editing in the next couple of weeks.
The album, originally scheduled for release on May 16, is now set to drop June 21. In the meantime, Wayne will continue wrapping up the "I Am Music II" tour playing in Sacramento tomorrow night [April 26] before heading to Canada.
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