Published Sep 25, 2018After his newly reacquired Young Money Entertainment teased the imminent release of Tha Carter V earlier this month, Lil Wayne has finally set a release date for the project.
A countdown on a website specifically created for the album drop points to the long-awaited project arriving on September 28. The site also features the album's artwork, which had initially been unveiled in 2014.
Wayne has also included a video announcement alongside the news, thanking fans for their patience and pointing out how the album release will coincide with his birthday on September 27.
"With this album, I'm giving you more than me," Wayne says in the clip. "This is four, five, six years of work that you'll be listening to. And I hope you enjoy it."
Wayne has also launched preorders for the album on 2xLP, CD and cassette formats, with the site noting that all purchases will include presale ticket access to dates on a headlining tour next year.
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.