With it’s original 2009 release date long past, Lil’ Wayne’s long awaited album, Tha Carter IV has been one of the most anticipated albums of any genre. Beset by Wayne’s excursion into Rock (the ill conceived Rebirth album), weedcarrier showcases (the Gold selling We Are Young Money) and jail time, the followup to 2008’s triple platinum Tha Carter III has been through a number of changes, with some songs being cherry picked for I Am Not A Human Being (a place holder that was released while Wayne was serving a year in jail for a gun charge,) while the rest got scrapped upon Wayne’s release from jail in favor of newly recorded material.
So far, only two songs from the project have surfaced, the Bangladesh-produced “6 Foot 7 Foot” feat. Corey Gunz and “John (If I Die Tonight)” feat. Rick Ross. While I still think “6 Foot 7 Foot” is one of the more promising joints we’d heard from Wayne in a while and the song with Ross seems like perfect fodder for the streets, neither single matches Tha Carter III’s one, two punch of “Lollipop” and “A Millie”. For a rapper with Weezy’s profile, fresh out the can, Wayne’s buzz doesn’t seem to be on the level you’d expect it to be and it seems Universal Records agrees because the album has just been moved from it’s May 16th release date to an unspecified date in June.
While this doesn’t necessarily bode well for Tha Carter IV, if you remember, it took a bunch of leaked music before Wayne released “Lollipop” and Tha Carter III had a single that was commercial enough to sell the album. Last week, a tracklist for Tha Carter IV hit the ‘nets and I for one think it looks way too ill to be true. Still, if any artist can manage to gather together such an impressive line up of features, it’s Lil’ Wayne.
Tha Carter IV Tracklist (Allegedly)
1. Tune This
2. Team Player (Feat. Birdman)
3. Fore Play
4. They Love Me (Feat. Drake & Nicki Minaj)
5. John (If I Die Today) (Feat. Rick Ross)
6. No Competition
7. Holy Grail (History) (Feat. Kanye West)
8. Carter Cash (Feat. Jay-Z)
9. 6 Foot 7 Foot (Feat. Corey Gunz)
10. Play My Game (Feat. Tech N9ne)
11. Anne (Feat. Swizz Beatz)
12. Street Life
13. Hard Talk (Feat. Bon Iver & Game)
14. Fall From Grace (Feat. Eminem)
15. Brain Dead (Feat. Gucci Mane)
16. No Trust
17. Maybe She Will (Feat. Drake & Rick Ross)
18. My Legacy
The Carter IV in stores sometime this summer… Maybe? But don’t worry about the lack of a solid release date. When this album drops, you’ll know, trust me.