Lil Wayne is still determined to retire as a solo artist following the release of Tha Carter V. He’ll drop a guest verse on some of his Young Money label mates’ efforts, but he mostly plans to retreat from the spotlight and build his label.
During an interview with Elliott Wilson, the New Orleans MC said his newfound focus has caused him to drop the title of “Best Rapper Alive.” “At that time [when I first adapted that title], I [didn’t] care who [was] on the mic. But now I have artists [and I say,] ‘I want you to be better than me.’ I want everybody to feel like they’re the best at what they do. It ain’t about that now—it’s about us,” he said.
Concerned about his legacy, Wayne hopes that his name gets mentioned among legends like Biggie, Tupac, Jay and Eminem. “I don’t think that the new artists are even putting us in their competition. When I say ‘us’ I hope I fit in that ‘us.’ I hope I fit in that, and if I do, I hope they look at it as I’m trying to get there. Me, I still look at it like I’m trying to get there,” he said.
In an earlier interview with MTV News, the Cash Money lyricist talked about the fifth installment in Tha Carter series. He believes the LP will reflect the progress he’s made throughout the years. “I say it’s different, because I’m older and wiser, and I know more things and I know more about myself now,” he said. “I’m more careful about what I’m doing and trying to be more careful with what I’m saying.”
Returning for a solo effort isn’t completely out of the question, but it will cost a considerable amount of money. “Twenty five or 35 million would get me to do another solo album after this,” he said. “I didn’t smile when I said it. I personally plan on this being my final solo album, yes and it’s definitely the final Carter album. It’s stopping at five. Whenever I have to pitch in [it’ll be] for a Young Money album, a Like Father, Like Son album and something like that and maybe something out the blue.”
Tha Carter V is slated to hit shelves on May 5.