This afternoon, the official Twitter account for Wayne's Young Money Entertainment shared the above image, asking followers to "Put them 5s up." The photo shows a hand, complete with Wayne's palm tattoo that reads "The World."
The photo also includes a string of flame emojis, which could have either been added to the image prior to posting, or could be included to make the artwork that much more meme-worthy.
As for that release date, speculation of a September 21 due date for Tha Carter V was first made late last week, when boxer Floyd Mayweather shared a black and red 'V' image in a now-deleted Instagram post. He captioned the image with "#21" and a goat emoji.
Wayne had previously tapped Kobe Bryant to help him out with some album promo for Tha Carter V back in 2014. You can find Mayweather's post archived below.
Tha Carter V release saga and ensuing legal battles have been plaguing Wayne since December 2014, when the rapper initially claimed he was being held "prisoner" by Cash Money Records. Wayne then filed a $51 million USD lawsuit against the label and hoped to take Drake and Nicki Minaj with him in breaking his Young Money imprint away from Cash Money.
Wayne then had his tour bus shot up some months later, a murder attempt that was reportedly linked to Young Thug and Birdman. In September 2016, Wayne hinted at retirement from rap after expressing that he was "defenseless and mentally defeated."
One of the strangest turns in the saga came when ex-pharma CEO/current convicted felon Martin Shkreli claimed he had purchased the unreleased LP. In March of this year, Shkreli was ordered by the United States Department of Justice to forfeit his copy of Tha Carter V, in addition to the sole copy of Wu-Tang Clan's unreleased Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.
🖐— Young Money (@YoungMoneySite) September 12, 2018
Put them 5s up ‼️‼️‼️ pic.twitter.com/h2mCfeJlEK
Benjamin Mendy posted this the other day and now Floyd Mayweather has👀— terrellegrahamreviews.com (@TerrelleGraham) September 8, 2018
Remember back in 2014 Lil Wayne got top athletes to post this image, to build hype for the Carter V. I think it's happening again. Caption reads "🐐 #21"
Is the Carter V finally releasing on Sept. 21st?😯 pic.twitter.com/SbMWXRSKsQ