Jay-Z Working On New Album; Lil Wayne Finished With ‘Tha Carter IV’

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Posted July 12, 2011 by J Matthew Cobb in News
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Rappers’ delight: Jay-Z preps for new solo album, while Lil Wayne is ready to release his next ‘Carter’ chapter

Lil Wayne is through with putting the finishing touches on his upcoming albumTha Carter IV. So far, every thing’s going good for Lil Wayne as he raps up his ‘I Am Music’ Tour and with a critically-acclaimed performance at Bonnaroo 2011. He’s also enjoying a hit single with “How to Love,” which has so far peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. The smooth ballad, inspired by Tupac Shakur’s rap ballads, will appear on the full-length disc. Guest appearances are expected to be heavy on Tha Carter IV, with Nas, Jadakiss, ShyneBusta Rhymes, Bun B, John Legend and Cee Lo Green expected to show up.

The new album will be accompanied with a new mixtape, titled Sorry 4 The Wait. The ten-track mixtape will showcase Lil Wayne rapping over other artists’ beats, much like his 2009 mixtape No Ceilings. Due date for Tha Carter IV is August 29.

Jay-Z is prepared to release his highly-anticipated collaborative effort with Kanye West (Watch the Throne), but he’s just announced he’s already hard at work on his next album, possibly a follow-up to Blueprint 3. Odd Future singer Frank Ocean, who appears on several tracks on Watch the Throne, is also slated to appear on Jay-Z’s solo affair. He accredits his partnership and experience with Kanye West as his motivation behind his next set. “I know exactly the tone and the whole feel of the album,” Jay-Z tells MTV News. “I think when you experience creativity, you should get it out as much as possible.”

Looks like it’s gonna be another big summer & fall for the rap masters.

Are you anticipating the new album from Kanye West & Jay-Z?
Do you think Jay-Z is moving too fast?
After I Am Not A Human Being earned mixed reviews and Rebirth left us all confused over his musical direction, do you expect a big comeback from Lil Wayne?

Sound off in the comments’ section.


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J Matthew Cobb

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