The Long, Winding Road to Lil Wayne's 'Tha Carter V' Release: A Timeline

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In a latest Billboard cowl story, Lil Wayne revealed that his long-awaited Tha Carter V album would ultimately come out this fall. And after some confusion over a launch date final week, Weezy lastly cleared the air on Tuesday, saying in a video that the album would arrive on his birthday, Sept. 27. (Well, nearly: A countdown clock signifies that the album is popping out at midnight on Friday Sept. 28.) But ready a number of additional days might be no huge deal to followers contemplating the album's years-long highway to launch, which was marred by lawsuits, label drama, well being scares and different obstacles. Below, a information to the lengthy and winding journey from Tha Carter IV to Tha Carter V:

Aug. 29, 2011
Wayne releases Tha Carter IV, which debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart its first week with 964,000 copies bought. It receives combined opinions from critics.

Sept. three, 2012
Wayne drops Dedication four. The mixtape was scheduled to return in August somewhat than September, however Wayne notes that he needed all consideration on 2 Chainz's Based on a T.R.U. Story, which got here out Aug. 14. 

March 15, 2013
TMZ experiences that Wayne is hospitalized and in vital situation following a seizure. While sources verify that the rapper suffered a seizure, they vehemently deny TMZ's declare that final rites had been going to be administered. The subsequent day, Weezy tweets, thanking everybody for his or her assist.

March 26, 2013
I Am Not a Human Being II drops, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Like Tha Carter IV, the challenge receives combined to adverse opinions.

March 28, 2013
In an interview with Power 106, Wayne clarifies his latest hospitalization. "The dangerous information is I'm an epileptic. I'm vulnerable to seizures," he says. "This isn’t my first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh seizure. I’ve had a bunch of seizures, y'all simply by no means hear about them."

Sept. 1, 2013
Wayne drops his Dedication 5 mixtape. The challenge is prolonged -- its 29 tracks final over 98 minutes -- however the basic reception amongst followers and critics is optimistic.

Sept. 9, 2013
Weezy seems on Katie Couric's Katie and discusses his seizures, mentioning once more that he has suffered from them since childhood. Additionally, he says he has diminished his lean consumption following medical doctors' suggestions.

Feb. 15, 2014
Tha Carter V will get its preliminary launch date: May 5. At a New Orleans efficiency throughout NBA All-Star Weekend, Drake brings out the NOLA native and makes the announcement himself.

March 21, 2014
Just kidding. Though Wayne's then-manager Cortez Bryant raves in regards to the high quality of Tha Carter V, he scoffs at a May 5 launch date. "I'm not going to launch that date till I actually, actually, actually know when it actually, actually, actually is,” he says.

May 6, 2014
Per week after boxer Floyd Mayweather posts a clip Drizzy and Wayne collectively within the studio, the 2 drop "Believe Me," the presumed lead single from Tha Carter V. Shortly thereafter, the 2 rap stars announce the Drake Vs. Lil Wayne co-headlining tour.

May 15, 2014
What's stated to be the second single from Tha Carter V arrives within the type of “D’usse,” produced by Lee Majors. Weezy shouts out Jay-Z within the intro, seemingly marking the top of the meat between the 2.

July 2, 2014
“Krazy,” one other single from Tha Carter V is launched. Frequent collaborator Infamous handles the manufacturing for the monitor. The music video drops in August.

Aug. eight, 2014
The singles preserve coming. Weezy releases “Grindin’,” the purported fourth monitor to be launched from the forthcoming Tha Carter V. An official music video for the monitor drops Sept. 19.

Aug. 14, 2014
During an look on SportsMiddle, Weezy provides a agency launch date for Tha Carter V: October 28. He additionally reveals off the album art work, which contains a youthful, tattooed Wayne along with his mom.

Oct. 27, 2014
Citing Mack Maine, a story revealed on KarenCivil.com experiences that the album has been pushed again. The subsequent day, Weezy drops a video on YouTube tletting followers know that Tha Carter V will now be a double-album. The first half is due out Dec. 9.

Nov. 23, 2014
Wayne premieres one more single from the album -- “Start a Fire (ft. Christina Milian) -- throughout the 2014 American Music Awards. He formally drops the tune on streaming providers a day later.

Dec. four, 2014
Weezy launches a string of tweets blaming Cash Money Records for the delay of the challenge. In addition to indicating his need to get off the label, he writes, "I'm a prisoner and so is my creativity."

Dec. 5, 2014
At VICE's 20th anniversary celebration, Wayne -- throughout his set -- tells the group, "Due to technical difficulties, I'm fucked up in a nasty scenario, however I will likely be out of it quickly."

Dec. 12, 2014
Mack Maine, president of Cash Money -- then Young Money Cash Money Billionaires -- says on Miami’s 99 Jamz station that Tha Carter V is "for positive" coming within the first quarter of 2015. He additionally expresses his total optimism for the Wayne/Birdman scenario.

Jan. 13, 2015
Cortez Bryant adjustments his tune just some weeks later, slamming Cash Money in a protracted Instagram publish. In the be aware, he says that Wayne has carried the label and is the "most loyal particular person I do know on earth!"

Jan. 20, 2015
Weezy drops mixtape Sorry four The Wait 2. The challenge's lead monitor, "CoCo," pulls no punches in opposition to Birdman. The official video for the tune surfaced March 18.

Jan. 28, 2015
Wayne sues Cash Money for $51 million, alleging -- amongst different issues -- that the label owes him cash for Tha Carter V and asks to be launched from the label.

Feb. 19, 2015
In a Rolling Stone interview, Wayne reveals that he’s not on talking phrases with Birdman. In reference to Tha Carter V, "It’s super-done," he says. “Cake baked, icing on high, title on high, candles lit. I'd have launched it yesterday if I may. But it’s a lifeless topic proper now. It’s a jewel within the secure. It’s that stash-house cash.”

March 14, 2015
In a Young Money cypher launched Karen Civil's CivilTV, Lil Wayne goes after Birdman once more, rapping, “I thanks for my hit, man/ And inform 'Pac I’m a giant fan/ I sing 'Dear Mama' to my pricey mama/ And sing 'Hit Em Up' to my daddy's bitch ass."

April 2, 2015
During a efficiency in Jacksonville, Lil Wayne says “Fuck Cash Money” on the finish of a set earlier than dropping the mic.

April 26, 2015
As Wayne’s tour bus departs from a efficiency at an Atlanta nightclub -- and with Wayne, Lil Twist and Hood on board -- photographs are fired on the automobile, however nobody is injured. Police don't instantly establish a suspect.

May 26, 2015
A$AP Rocky drops the Wayne-assisted “M’$,” which options one other job from Wayne at Cash Money. “I really like my BMs, I really like my YM, ain’t no extra CM, let’s pluck out the stems,” he raps.

May 29, 2015
Young Thug affiliate PeeWee Roscoe is arrested regarding the tour bus incident. The information makes waves as Birdman and Young Thug had been working collectively on the previous's Rich Gang compilation challenge.

June 14, 2015
Cortez Bryant clarifies Wayne's mid-performance remark about signing with Jay-Z. The supervisor notes that Weezy was referring to his new deal as an artist-owner with Tidal. 

July four, 2015
Wayne releases his Free Weezy Album solely on Tidal. Unsurprisingly, it incorporates one other shot at Cash Money: “Rest in peace to the Cash Money Weezy, gone however not forgotten,” on “He’s Dead.”

July 12, 2015
During a efficiency at a Miami nightclub, Wayne is doused with drinks from the viewers. Reports say that the Birdman and firm are accountable. The incident occurred throughout a reside rendition of "CoCo."

July 15, 2015
An indictment claims that Birdman and Young Thug conspired to kill Wayne within the Atlanta tour bus taking pictures. Phone data point out that Roscoe was involved with the 2 straight earlier than and after the incident.

July 16, 2015
Birdman sues Jay-Z and Tidal for $50 million for solely streaming Free Weezy Album, claiming that the transfer is a breach of Wayne’s contract along with his label.

July 24, 2015
Birdman denies involvement within the tour bus taking pictures. Four days later, he sits down with Angie Martinez for an interview wherein he repeats the identical sentiment. Additionally, he says that Wayne is free to go away the label at any time that he desires.

Nov. 20, 2015
PeeWee Roscoe -- actual title Jimmy Carlton Winfrey -- will get a 10-year jail sentence adopted by one other decade of probation. He pled responsible to 6 of his 27 expenses.

Nov. 26, 2015
Wayne drops the mixtape No Ceilings 2. It will likely be Wayne's final official challenge till 2017.

Jan. 1, 2016
Wayne and Birdman are pictured collectively at Drake’s New Year’s celebration in an Instagram posted by Mack Maine. Mack Maine reportedly arrange a two-hour cellphone name earlier than the occasion to create some peace between the disputing events.

Jan. 18, 2016
Wayne and Birdman seem onstage collectively on the similar Miami membership talked about within the July 2015 snafu. “Family by no means die,” Birdman says, claiming that the 2 have squashed their beef.

Jan. 20, 2016
Let the great occasions roll. The dispute between the 2 seems to be a factor of the previous as Birdman posts a now-deleted Instagram of the 2 within the studio collectively alongside Yo Gotti.

March four, 2016
2 Chainz and Wayne drop a collaborative album, ColleGrove. For contractual causes, nonetheless, Weezy is just listed as a featured artist on eight of the 12 tracks.

March 28, 2016
Wayne information a $40 million lawsuit in opposition to Universal Music Group, Cash Money’s guardian firm. He alleges that he's owed cash for the successes of label members Drake, Nicki Minaj and Tyga.

May 12, 2016
Wayne seems to deal with label turmoil on Chance the Rapper’s “No Problem”: “And if that label attempt to cease me/There gon’ be some loopy Weezy followers waitin’ within the foyer.”

May 23, 2016
A bit of over a yr after yelling “Fuck Cash Money” throughout a set, Wayne repeats the sentiment at a Denver efficiency. Five days later, in Phoenix, he addresses Birdman by title and once more repeats the identical chant.

Sept. three, 2016
In a pissed off Twitter spree, Wayne alludes to retiring from music: “I AM NOW DEFENSELESS AND mentally DEFEATED & I depart gracefully and grateful I luh my fanz however I'm dun.” A couple of hours later, he tweeted, “I’m good y’all don’t journey.”

Sept. 13, 2016
Wayne seems on Fox Sports 1’s Undisputed to additional make clear his retirement tweets, which he describes as a pissed off outburst following an argument. Still, he doesn’t move up an opportunity to denounce Birdman additional and thank those that have come to his protection.

Sept. 14, 2016
TMZ experiences that Wayne has lengthy been in possession of Tha Carter V and has held onto the challenge for leverage in his lawsuit. Such a declare has by no means been confirmed by both celebration on the general public report.

Sept. 18, 2016
TMZ experiences that Birdman spent $70 million of a $100 million advance UMG -- a few of which Wayne claims to be entitled to. While Birdman's authorized crew supplied greater than 20,000 pages documenting the spending, Wayne's attorneys say it didn't account for the entire $70 million.

Sept. 30, 2016
Solange releases A Seat on the Table, which options the Wayne-assisted “Mad.” On the tune, Weezy explicitly references a previous suicide try. He had beforehand mentioned the incident as an accident.

Nov. 21, 2016
Another roadblock. Birdman reportedly calls off negotiations to settle the $51 million lawsuit after Weezy shouted out Roc-a-Fella somewhat than Cash Money throughout a efficiency of “I’m Me.”

Dec. 22, 2016
Birdman sits down for tell-all interview with Angie Martinez and says that even when Weezy leaves the Cash Money household, Drake and Nicki Minaj aren't going anyplace.

Dec. 23, 2016
Pharmaceutical govt Martin Shkreli leaks a alleged monitor from Tha Carter V, and later leaks two extra, one in all which options Kendrick Lamar. Shkreli reportedly obtained the physique of labor after Weezy left a CD in a automobile that he bought. After the second leak, TMZ experiences that Wayne despatched a cease-and-desist letter.

Jan. 19, 2017
Wayne options on Wale’s “Running Back" and seemingly alludes to his authorized frustrations with the road, “These bitches sellin’ they soul/Well, I need my a reimbursement.”

April 28, 2017
DJ Khaled drops “I’m The One,” which contains a verse from Wayne. In his characteristic, Wayne boasts, “I’m the perfect but and but my greatest is but to return" in what followers interpret as a nod to Tha Carter V. The monitor hits the highest of the Billboard Hot 100.

March 10, 2017
Nicki Minaj and Wayne crew up for 2 tracks in response to Remy Ma's "ShETHER" diss. On one in all them, the Drake-assisted "No Frauds," Wayne raps, "YM, I'm the god," making no point out of Cash Money. On "Changed It," he doubles down, saying, "No extra CMB shit, I modified it/Young Money shit, Mula Gang shit."

May 18, 2017
Wayne drops a joint mixtape with T-Pain titled T-Wayne. The tape comes out on T-Pain’s Nappy Boy label in addition to Young Money. The two had beforehand collaborated on "Got Money" and "Can't Believe It."

July 5, 2017
Wayne information an amended petition in New Orleans courtroom, saying that he’s nonetheless owed $40 million-plus in damages and one other $eight million for an advance on Tha Carter V. Additionally, Weezy says that Cash Money and UMG are nonetheless stopping him from profiting on Drake and Nicki Minaj. The similar day, he additionally dropped an EP titled In Tune We Trust, accessible for streaming on DatPiff and SoundCloud.

Aug. 16, 2017
In an interview with New Orleans’ Q93 radio station, Wayne claims that he holds the facility to launch Tha Carter V every time he desires: “Of course you’re going to see Tha Carter V. I simply don’t need to put it out the fallacious approach. Honestly, I can do what I need at any time. The followers deserve it to be proper.”

Oct. 11, 2017
Birdman sends out an expletive-riddled menace to those that frequently declare that he nonetheless owes Lil Wayne cash. “Lil Wayne this, Lil Wayne that. Bitch, Lil Wayne by son. I raised him. He ain’t don't have anything. I introduced him to be one thing and acquired one thing,” he says within the captured video.

Dec. 25, 2017
On Christmas Day, Wayne drops the sixth installment of his Dedication collection. A second half to the tape, Dedication 6: Reloaded arrives simply over a month later. Barring Tha Carter V, it's Wayne's most up-to-date full-length challenge thus far.

March 22, 2018
Shkreli is formally pressured to forfeit Tha Carter V as a part of his 7-year jail sentence. Additionally, as a part of the $7.36 million in belongings that he should return, Shkreli additionally has to surrender The Wu-Tang Clan's Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.

June 7, 2018
Cash Money and Wayne lastly settle lawsuits for an undisclosed sum. Young Money now belongs solely to Wayne, and its distribution cope with Republic stays in place. Tha Carter V will likely be Wayne’s first album to not have the Cash Money brand on it.

Sept. 13, 2018
In Billboard's Lil Wayne cowl story, he reveals that Tha Carter V will drop someday throughout the fall. Within the story, Wayne notes that he and Birdman are again to speaking each day, normally in regards to the Red Sox.

Sept. 14, 2018
Swizz Beatz drops “Pistol On My Side (P.O.M.S),” that includes bars all through from Wayne. “Numbers don’t lie, the Number One Stun -- by no means thoughts,” he raps, referring to Birdman’s Number One Stunna nickname.

Sept. 21, 2018
Though rumors had swirled that Wayne would drop the long-awaited challenge on this present day, the discharge date comes and goes with no phrase from the rapper, a lot to the frustration of the Weezy fan base.

Sept. 25, 2018
In a video announcement, Wayne reveals that Tha Carter V will arrive on his birthday, Sept. 27.