Lil Wayne releases his first full album in seven years

Chris Stoker, Staff Writer

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At the tail end of September 27, Lil Wayne released his highly anticipated album, Tha Carter V. This was Wayne’s first album in seven years. Wayne had talked about releasing the album since July of 2012, but his label head, Birdman, had blocked Wayne from dropping the album. This sent the once dynamic duo into a three year legal battle. The standoff finally came to an end on September 25 of this year, when Wayne confirmed that he would be releasing the album on the night of his thirty-sixth birthday, September 27.

The album was an instant chart-topping sensation. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 charts, making this album his fourth Billboard number one debut. It also was an immediate hit on streaming platforms, racking up 433 million on-demand audio streams within the first week. This was the second largest single week streaming debut of all time, second only to Drake’s instant classic, Scorpion.

In addition to the album’s high release, individual songs performed very well. In fact, Wayne currently has four songs from Tha Carter V in the top ten of the Billboard charts, and 11 of his 22 songs within the top 50 of the Hot 100.

The album contains 22 songs with an all star cast of features. Some of the modern hip-hop giants incorporated on the project include the late XXXTENTACION on “Don’t Cry”, Travis Scott on “Let it Fly”, Kendrick Lamar featured on “Mona Lisa”, and Nicki Minaj on “Dark Side of the Moon”. The album also includes the work of Snoop Dogg, Sampha, Regina Carter and more.

Overall, this album was worth the wait. With a star studded cast and well thought beats and assembly, Wayne truly showed that he is a titan of the industry.