Despite his ongoing legal battle with Cash Money Records, Lil Wayne insists he has the power to release Tha Carter V whenever he feels like it. Wayne spoke about the long-awaited project earlier this week during a phone interview with Wild Wayne on New Orleans’s Q93 radio station.
“Of course you’re going to see Tha Carter V. I just don’t want to put it out the wrong way,” he explained at the 6:35-minute mark. “Honestly, I can do what I want at any time. The fans deserve it to be right and that’s how it’s gonna be. I gonna make sure it’s right. I can drop whatever I want to drop. That’s why I keep dropping whatever I want to drop. But I’m not gonna give them Tha Carter V the wrong way.”
It’s unclear why Wayne continues to delay the release if he does, in fact, have the authority to drop Tha Carter V at any moment. He told Q93 that the project was completed and ready to be heard.
“It’s on the shelf, just ready to drop. I ain’t gotta do that. I move on and keep it moving and give them what I’m doing right now. Tha Carter V is ready to be listened to. It’s just gotta be listened to the right way and like I said, I’m not gonna give it to them wrong.”
It’s been more than two years since Wayne filed a $51 million lawsuit against Cash Money and its CEO Bryan “Birdman” Williams. Wayne claimed the record label failed to pay him what he was owed, including the $8 million he was supposed to receive for the recording of Tha Carter V.
It’s more than likely the album will officially drop once the legal dispute has been resolved.