Didn’t see this coming.
Close to one million copies of Tha Carter IV sold in its first-week hasn’t made hip-hop’s hardest working MC relax at all. Lil Wayne is already recording his next album. While the next two Carter albums (CV and CVI) and a sequel to Rebirth are definitely coming down the pipeline in the future, Young Money president Mack Maine says Weezy is focused on group efforts right now.
“The next project he’s working on is I Can’t Feel My Face with [Juelz Santana],” Maine told XXLMag.com over the phone. “Elz is talented man. He’s a young legend. [Wayne’s] back working in the studio. He has that and the Young Money album.”
Wayne and Santana began working on the I Cant Feel My Face album over five-years ago. Just about all the songs they did together leaked out on mixtapes, but an official LP never came to fruition. Now, the two friends have decided to give the project another try and obviously work on all new material. There is no release date for that long talked about effort, however, Mack says that another Wayne spearheaded disc will probably drop before the end of this year. Weezy and his YM signees are once again planning another family LP to follow up 2009’s gold selling LP, We Are Young Money.
“We haven’t actually recorded one verse for that album,” Mack said. “When we were on tour, we said we’re gonna wait until we get back to Miami to get everybody out there. We have one more show in Hawaii then we’ll start recording. It wont take long. Too much creativity for it to take a long time.
“If you follow our artists, you always see Gudda saying he’s in the studio,” Mack added, noting his family’s relentless work ethic. “Drake’s working on his new album now. In between he’ll be touring to promote it. Nicki works her ass off. She just came off tour with us and jumped right on the tour with Britney Spears. Tyga’s on tour with Chris Brown and trying to work on his album. Gudda, Millz, Lil Chuckee [they’re all] working. They all following the format. Wayne set a standard and they all trying to follow that.” —Shaheem Reid