LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 29: Rapper Lil Wayne performs onstage during the BET AWARDS '14 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on June 29,
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The Free Weezy Album is our consolation prize for the probably deceased Carter V, a likely casualty in the war between Lil Wayne and Cash Money. Back in February, Tunechi said the record was only a month away. "I guarantee it's going to be something dope," he told Rolling Stone. "If you don't want a musician being creative, don't get The Free Weezy Album."

Now, straight out of Wayne's mouth to a concert audience, the real release date is July 4, a.k.a. Independence Day, a.k.a. the exact right moment to release The Free Weezy Album. We're willing to take a guess that the title is both a plea for Wayne to escape his label of nearly 20 years and a hint that the effort will be available for $0.

Weezy's recent deal with Jay Z's Tidal—which resulted in the killer new song "Glory"—could indicate an exclusive release on the streaming service, although that would negate the "free" aspect. It would be in line with Hov's July 4 exclusive release of Magna Carta Holy Grail back in 2013, though.

No matter how it plays out, we have no reason to expect The Free Weezy Album to be anything but amazing. Almost every song in 2014's Carter V buildup was a monster, and his cameos on recent cuts by MonicaMigos and Freekey Zekey have been stunners. Oh, and January's Sorry 4 the Wait 2 mixtape is still going hard.