Lil Wayne Confirms Solo Retirement After Tha Carter V

Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne Confirms Solo Retirement After Tha Carter V

YMCMB leader says his upcoming 11th LP is "definitely" his last.

Published March 13, 2014

Lil Wayne says only $25-35 million would motivate him to record another solo album.

The Cash Money phenom and YMCMB leader sat down with MTV News recently and reiterated a goal he announced for himself back in 2012, when he said that Tha Carter V would be his final solo album.

"Twenty-five to 35 million would get me to do another solo album after this," Wayne said in an interview posted online Wednesday (March 12). "I didn't smile when I said it ... and it's definitely the final Carter album."

However, he promises fans that he's not entirely stepping down from his role as a rapper, and will get in the booth, "Whenever I have to pitch in for a Young Money album, a Like Father, Like Son album, and something like that, and maybe something out the blue."

Wayne recorded his first album, a collaboration with B.G., in the early '90s, at age 11. He's released 10 solo albums and numerous mixtapes since, and has performed countless features, not to mention the touring and press that goes along with recording.

He most recently helmed the release of Young Money's latest compilation, Young Money: Rise of an Empire, which dropped last Tuesday (March 4). This empire (and the album) boasts the likes of Drake, Tyga and Nicki Minaj, and extends to his Trukfit clothing and the One Family Foundation nonprofit.

In 2012 and 2013, Wayne suffered from back-to-back health scares when he had multiple seizures that he later revealed were a result of the epilepsy he's had since he was younger.

Tha Carter V, his 11th solo LP, is tentatively scheduled to drop May 5.

"It seems like it will be impossible for me to work this hard again for anything else," he said.

Retirement has been on Weezy's mind at least since 2011, when he told Angie Martinez and the Hot 97 listeners that by the age of 35, he'd be done as a solo artist. He'll be 32 this year. "I have four kids," he said back then. "I would feel selfish still going to the studio when it's such a vital point in their lives." is your #1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.

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Written by BET-Staff


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