Tha Carter IV is coming. While there may still be no set release date on Lil Wayne’s highly anticipated upcoming solo album, Mack Maine revealed to XXLMag.com that he and the team are closer to finishing the project than ever.
“I was in the studio all night workin’ on this Carter IV,” the Young Money President told XXL. “We pretty much finished, to be honest; we probably need about two more songs. We got David Banner coming in tonight, so hopefully he’ll come with somethin’. We try to make sure—he kind of makes every album. He made Tha Carter III, and made [We Are Young Money].”
As for features on the disc, aside from Nicki and Drake, Mack remained tight lipped, though he did hint at a surprise. “I’m gonna keep the features a surprise,” he said, before revealing that Weezy “just did something with somebody he never worked with, though.”
They recently shot a video, as well. “[Wayne] actually shot his first video with Hype Williams, which is big. We just finished a four-day video shoot, which is like a movie to me.”
As for Wayne’s post-jail sound, Mack pulled no punches. “Expect maturity and him showing his growth in the game,” he assured.
On the production tip, there will be both old and new names on the project. “A couple of new cats,” he continued. “This kid, his name’s Detail. A few people know him; he did ‘Sexy Can I’ for Ray J. He’s gonna be relatively new, I guess, to some people. As far as big names, Swizz [Beatz] is on there.”
While Mack Mizzle did not give a release date for Tha Carter IV, he did confirm that Lil Wayne could finish the album by as soon as tonight. “Two or three more songs I’d say. We could be finished as of today, but we perfectionist so we still looking for one or two more sounds.”
Nicki Minaj feels weird about having such young fans.
“Being honest, if I had a daughter I wouldn’t want her listening to a Nicki Minaj CD until she was a certain age,” she told UK newspaper The Sun. “Even when I meet my fans and they tell me they are 12, I cringe a little. I always say, ‘Listen. I don’t want you saying the bad words, put school first’.
During the interview Minaj also went on to discuss how she believes that children do need to hear about the good and bad in life to help them succeed just as she has. She stressed the importance of school and independence for woman.
Minaj also discussed the dysfunctional household that she grew up in and how it has shaped her as a woman. “All of my young and teenage early years we lived in fear that my mother would be killed by my father,” she said of her home life as a teen. “It was ridiculous. It made me act out to guys and be evil to them when I was growing up.”
“It made me tough,” she added. “Of course it did. I am an emotional person, but I am a tough person. It was very tough emotionally for me to have a parent who was an alcoholic and a drug addict. I had a mum with no money.”
Despite her humble beginnings the Young Money princess has been ruling The Billboard Top 200 albums chart. For the third week in a row, her debut LP, Pink Friday, is the highest selling rap album and was recently certified platinum by the RIAA