Cash Money/Young Money MC Lil’ Wayne has enjoyed a long career as one of the best rappers to ever do it. But now, it seems like he’s ready to hang up his mic and leave the rap game. He just announced that he’s retiring as an active rapper once he releases his final solo album. Here’s everything you need to know about Lil’ Wayne exit from the one thing he’s done so well – rap/hip-hop.
1. He Spoke to MTV and Revealed the News About His Retirement; Tha Carter 5 Will Be His Last Solo Album
During a recent video interview with MTV News, Lil’ Wayne dropped this this bombshell of a reveal – he’s going to retire after his next solo album releases. He maintained that this next album will come to an end with the fifth offering in the series:
It’s the final Carter album. It’s stopping at five. I personally plan on this being my final solo album, yes and it’s definitely the final Carter album. It’s the final Carter album. It’s stopping at five.
Check out the video interview he conducted with MTV News above.
2. He’ll Need A Certain Amount of Album Copies Sold to Come Out of Retirement
Wayne did clue MTV News into what could make him stay an active rapper after “Tha Carter V” is released to the public – an exuberant amount of record sales:
25 to 35 million would get me to do another solo album after this.
3. Tha Carter 5 Tracklist Has Already Been Revealed
“Tha Carter V” is slated to be released sometime in 2014, but some sources state that the LP will indeed be released at a much later date. The full track listing for the album has made it’s way online before release, though:
1. “Intro” feat. Game, Drake
2. “Flown” feat. Birdman, Future
3. “Kill ‘Em” feat. Meek Mill
5. “Not a Chance” feat. the Weeknd, Future
6. “No Answers” feat. Kanye West
8. “They Ain’t Wit Us” feat. Drake, Young Thug
9. “Tomorrow Ain’t Tomorrow” feat. Rich Homie Quan
10. “Can’t Trust ‘Em” feat. Bun B, J. Cole
11. “Forty” feat. Future, Nas
12. “The End – “Outro” feat. Birdman
Back in February 2014, Drake even sent out a cryptic tweet that built up some hype and curiosity around the next “Carter” album:
— Drizzy (@Drake) February 10, 2014
4. Lil Wayne’s Last “Carter” Album Was A Huge Success
Weezy has created an album series staple with “Tha Carter.” The first album released in 2004 and the last edition (“Tha Carter IV”) landed in 2011. “The Carter IV” final total album sales number as of July 2013 totaled 2,296,000 copies sold. Wayne’s last album came in 2013 with “I Am Not A Human Being II.”
5. Several Rappers Have Announced Retirement, But Have Returned to the Game Later On
It should be noted that several rappers have announced their retirement in the past, but have returned later on to produce even more solo albums and co-features. Back in 2003, rapper Jay-Z told the world that he was done rapping (his final release at the time was “The Black Album”). In 2006, Jay-Z returned to the forefront of his musical profession by announcing his comeback album “Kingdom Come.” A few other MC’s who returned from retirement include Mase, Kid Cudi, Waka Flocka Flame, Lupe Fiasco etc.