Yesterday, Lil Wayne
dropped four new songs, including a freestyle over Playboi Carti's "Magnolia" and a collaboration with Young Jeezy on "Fireworks." In an Instagram post
announcing the new music, Weezy said this about his ongoing struggle with his label: "I'm STILL trying to fight for my Independence but today I'm saying Fuk it and giving all my fans some new music! Thanks for being there and patiently waiting while I endure this fight."
Tha Carter V,
Lil Wayne's upcoming twelfth studio album, was initially supposed to be released on December 9, 2014. I actually haven't been following Lil Wayne since around 2012, but when I read that initial release date, I was shook - if I were him, I'd be mad too. For the past few years, Lil Wayne has been calling out Cash Money and Birdman
, co-owner of Young Money. Since 2015, Weezy has been filing various multi-million dollar lawsuits against Cash Money and Universal Music Group, claiming that the delay of his album is a violation of his contract with Cash Money and that he is owed some of the profits from the joint venture, Young Money. Birdman also sued Jay Z
and Tidal in 2015 for $50 million, claiming that based on his contract with Lil Wayne, they didn't have the right to stream the Free Weezy
Aside from all that drama, his new songs are actually very good. The beat for "Fireworks," produced by Mike Will, begins with a really interesting, smooth synth sound that initially intrigued me. The beginning of Wayne's verse is also pretty unexpected in the way he switches up the flow; he starts with a flow that sounds more like spoken word before conforming to the beat. If these four songs are any indication of what Tha Carter V
will sound like, I might actually decide to get into Lil Wayne again and listen to the album. He's said that the album will be his last, but if the rest of the tracks on the album are as good as these, it won't be a bad way to go out.