Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V will be released later this year, and the YMCMB superstar spoke to ESPN about the project. Specifically, Wayne explained why NBA star Kobe Bryant has been involved with the album’s early promotion. Bryant recently tweeted the album’s cover art.
“‘Carter V Season’ was all Kobe,” Lil Wayne said. “He came up with it. I saw that and thought, ‘That’s dope as hell,’ so that’s what we’re calling the [album] campaign. I thanked him. Then we thought about Floyd.”
Wayne promises that this particular album, which he has claimed will be his final solo effort, is much more personal than his recent work.
“Tha Carter V is about growth, flat-out,” he said. “My thoughts are wiser. I still say what I want to say — it just sounds better and makes more sense. That all comes with growth and maturity.”
While the notoriously nonsensical rhymer says this project “makes more sense,” he is quick to state that he is writing for himself, not to appease anyone — be they fan or critic.
“I never try to send messages through music,” he continued. “Music is about self. It’s supposed to be personal, a reflection of me, unless you have somebody writing it for you, and everybody know[s] I’m not that artist. I’m not sending a message because that message may not get across. Whatever message you take from it is your choice.”