UPDATE, Friday, Dec. 5: TMZ caught up with Wayne's manager, Cortez Bryant, in Hollywood on Thursday night. When asked about Wayne's tweets and the seemingly tense situation, 'Tez kept it simple with his answer: "We good. Of course. I'm smiling. What are you talking about? I wouldn't be out at the club right now." Watch the clip below:
Original Story: Lil Wayne's career has been kinda spotty since 2010, when he released a rock album and got taken out of commission for eight months with a prison sentence. There have been flashes of brilliance since Weezy came home, but he's just kind of seemed over it. That was around the time he started taking any chance he could to promise his retirement after Tha Carter V, and you felt for the dude.
Then the new Carter tracks started showing up this year—"Gotti," "Believe Me," "Krazy," "Grindin'," "D'usse," the new Christina Milian-featuring "Start a Fire"—and they're all phenomenal. So where's the record already, the one that was supposed to hit on May 5 before getting delayed and delayed and delayed some more? Last we heard, at the end of October, Wayne was promising a two-part Carter V, with the first half dropping Dec. 9.
That's probably not happening anymore. Let Weezy explain.
To all my fans, I want u to know that my album won't and hasn't been released bekuz Baby & Cash Money Rec. refuse to release it.— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) December 4, 2014
This is not my fault. I am truly and deeply sorry to all my fans but most of all to myself and my family for putting us in this situation.— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) December 4, 2014
I want off this label and nothing to do with these people but unfortunately it ain't that easy— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) December 4, 2014
I am a prisoner and so is my creativity Again,I am truly sorry and I don't blame ya if ya fed up with waiting 4 me & this album. But thk u— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) December 4, 2014
Pray.— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) December 4, 2014
It's been nine years since Lil Wayne founded Young Money Entertainment, a subsidiary of Cash Money Records, the label that signed Wayne at age 13. The "Baby" Wayne mentions is Bryan Williams, a.k.a. Birdman, a.k.a. Lil Wayne's mentor/father figure. Tunechi and Birdman have been in business nearly 20 years. Delays have plagued Weezy often. In 2011, he shared Sorry 4 the Wait, a mixtape acknowledging the months of pushbacks Tha Carter IV suffered.