Tha Carter V lives. After years of label disputes, Lil Wayne is finally free and prepping the release of the fifth installment in his legendary Tha Carter series. In the years between his initial fallout with Birdman and the present, Wayne has done more than get his financial situation right—he’s finally taking care of his health.
Following a series of seizures, as reported by Billboard, Wayne cut his 26-hour long recording sessions down to a more reasonable-for-Wayne “12 or 14” hours. “That’s the main thing that friends and family and the doc and all them recommend,” he told Billboard. “Just get you some rest.”
While 12 to 14 hours is still a dangerously long time to be working consistently, it seems like Lil Wayne is on the right track. During the interview, he refers to himself as a perfectionist and tinkerer, and as we all know, perfection cannot come without proper rest.
Earlier this year, DJBooth spoke with a psychiatrist about the effects sleep deprivation can have on creativity. As you may expect, beyond the initial threshold of loose thoughts and flow, sleep deprivation can devastate the body to the point of life-threatening consequences.
Per a tweet from the Young Money Twitter account, it appears that Tha Carter V is dropping this month, though no one from Lil Wayne’s official camp has confirmed a date. As reported by Billboard, “Tha Carter V will be the first album in his career to not have the Cash Money logo on it.”
For Lil Wayne fans, Tha Carter V has been a long time coming, and though there is palpable fear that the record may suck, we will all be pressing play.
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