Lil Wayne - "Tha Carter V"
After an alleged and confirmed-fake tracklist surfaced back in 2014, Lil Wayne filed a 21-page lawsuit against the Cash Money label in January of 2015. According to the lawsuit records that surfaced online, Wayne delivered the sound recordings for “Tha Carter V.” Although the label was supposed to pay Wayne eight million dollars for the final project and another two million dollars for the delivery of “Tha Carter V,” Cash Money failed to pay him, breaking their legal agreement, according to Lil Wayne.
Along with the lawsuits, Birdman finally said in 2016 that “Tha Carter V” would eventually see the light of day. However, Lil Wayne told TMZ Birdman was “full of shit”—a sad moment for Tunechi fans.
So what do we really know about “Tha Carter V?” Well, we don’t have a lot of concrete facts, but we do know what the cover art will look like. We can make an educated guess that it will be a two-disc project based on Shkreli’s Periscope comments and other surfaced reports.
The real question is: will we get a bunch of old songs that have been locked in a vault since 2012 or will we get some fresh Weezy songs? With this installment of “Album Anticipation + Tracklist Wish List,” we will speculate.
Do I think we’ll get a ton of new songs? No. Do I hope “Tha Carter V” will be a living, breathing piece of work much like Kanye West’s “The Life of Pablo?” Of course. I don’t expect any concept as Weezy F has never really been one to tell a cohesive story, but I do expect bars. I expect a massive amount of wordplay and punch lines. I’d also like to see production from Mannie Fresh, Metro Boomin’, Mike Will Made-It, David Banner, Street Runner, Kane Beatz and Swizz Beatz. How cool would it be to hear Lil Wayne say, “If Young Metro don’t trust you, I’m gon’ shoot ya?” Here’s my attempt to balance what I think we’ll get and what I’d really like to see with this album.
Tracklist Wish List
- Intro (feat. Jay Z and Kanye West) – opens with the classic Lil Wayne light up sound effect and goes straight into bar after bar… I think “The Throne” could definitely appear on a song because Jay Z and Kanye West have collaborated with Weezy in the past and hopefully time has squashed their “beef.” I also think he could continue his trend of unlisted big-time, legendary features on the intro, interlude and outro.
- Start This (feat. Mannie Fresh) – old school, boom-bap sound much like “Go DJ”… I think this is feasible because Mannie Fresh shared a snippet of this song back in 2016 and claimed it was for “Tha Carter V.”
- Life of Mr. Carter – “Mr. Carter” from “Tha Carter III” vibes… Recently, this snippet surfaced online and its alleged home is “Tha Carter V.” Expect bars and good punch lines.
- Believe Me (feat. Drake) – This song was released back in the summer of 2014, but I think its popularity will put it on “Tha Carter V” as the lead single.
- Off to Mars – “Phone Home” vibes… Weezy has always considered himself out of this world/an alien/a Martian, so I think it’s definitely feasible to get another weird song about outer space.
- Dreams Of the Top – Wayne raps over an uplifting, piano beat… I think this could be the sequel to his song, “Nightmares Of the Bottom,” from “Tha Carter IV.” That was probably my favorite song from “C4,” so I’d love to hear more of those vibes on this album.
- Start A Fire (feat. Christina Milian) – This song was released in November of 2014, but I think it will show up on “C5” because the artwork for the single includes the Roman numeral “V.”
- Interlude (feat. Busta Rhymes, Juelz Santana and Ice Cube) – banging beat with bars on bars… I think he continues with the legendary unlisted features on this interlude. Busta Rhymes is a frequent collaborator of Lil Wayne’s, so I think he could show up on the album. Juelz Santana recently claimed he has around 20 unreleased tracks with Lil Wayne, so why not put him on “Tha Carter V?” Ice Cube is my sleeper pick for “C5.” I think that’d be an epic collab.
- Greatest Of All-Time – braggadocios bars… This could be an epic sequel to the song, “Best Rapper Alive,” from “Tha Carter II.”
- Crazy (feat. Eminem) – crazy Slim Shady vibes meshed with “A Milli”… I predicted Lil Wayne would show up on Eminem’s upcoming album, so I think it’s possible that they traded feature-for-feature. They have collaborated on the songs, “No Love” and “Drop the World,” so I think another Shady-Weezy song could show up on “C5.”
- Womanizer (feat. The Weeknd) – “How To Hate” vibes… This feature is more of a want than a “I think it will happen.” The Weeknd is the ultimate R&B singer to touch on the topic of women in a trippy, drug-infested way, which would be a dope addition to a Lil Wayne album.
- South Bound – introspective, deep song about Lil Wayne’s roots… Weezy’s Tidal exclusive, “The Free Weezy Album,” had a lot of songs with meaning, so I think we could see some introspective songs on “C5,” which I’d absolutely love.
- Mula – “Got Money” vibes… Whether it will be a nod to the Cash Money label before all the beef or whether it will be about his Young Money imprint, I think a song about money intertwined with label talk is definitely feasible for “Tha Carter V.”
- No Chance (feat. Drake and Future) – the hit single with a catchy hook from Future… With the success of Drake and Future’s “What a Time To Be Alive” joint album and Drake’s “Summer Sixteen” Tour, I think a collab with mentee Drake and close affiliate Future could be very possible for Lil Tunechi.
- Live Forever – “How To Love” vibes… I think Lil Wayne will have at least one song where he strictly sings.
- Outchea (feat. 2 Chainz) – “Bounce” from “Collegrove” vibes… I think a 2 Chainz feature is more than likely because of their past collaborative efforts.
- Hallelujah – Weezy raps over a powerful beat with choir vocals in the background. This could have the same vibes as the song, “Glory,” from “The Free Weezy Album.”
- Like Father, Like Son (feat. Birdman) – “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy” vibes… I think it’s very possible for an old song with Birdman to show up on “C5.” A song like this would obviously have been recorded before all the lawsuits.
- Get ‘Em High (feat. Rihanna and T-Pain) – bars from Tunechi, catchy hook from Rihanna and T-Pain… This could be another chart-topper for “C5.” I think a T-Pain feature is more feasible than a Rihanna feature, but I’d love to see either or both on the album.
- Outro (feat. The Game, Gucci Mane and Snoop Dogg) – bars on bars on a banging beat… Lil Wayne will continue to find epic features for his intro, interlude, outro series of songs.