Release Date: Jan 20, 2015
Record label: N/A
Are we ready to forgive Lil Wayne? That'd be easier if the hottest rapper of the 2000s stopped apologizing for the delay in his next LPs release, and instead atoned for his recent string of flops (which featured emo guitar forays, flaccid lyricism and a number of cardinal rap sins). Fortunately, Weezy sounds determined to regain all that lost ground on Sorry 4 The Wait 2 (a sequel to the mixtape that preceded his lacklustre 2011 album, Tha Carter IV).As the title implies, this new mixtape is meant to tide fans over until Weezy's long-gestating fifth Carter LP finally drops. Over Sorry 2's sprawling 17 tracks, Wayne raps with deathbed desperation, as if his lungs are collapsing as he breezily exhales quadruple entendres.
Sorry 4 the Wait 2 shouldn't exist. If Lil Wayne had his way, we'd be listening to Tha Carter V right now, originally scheduled for release in October, which turned into early December, which came and went with only a series of frustrated tweets from the rapper. It's not strange for artists to complain about the glacial pace at which record labels often move, but Wayne's tweets felt less like a display of temporary discontent and more like the words of an artist that has reached the end of their rope—it doesn't get much more black and white than "I want off this label and nothing to do with these people.
Last decade, a Lil Wayne mixtape was a statement. These days, it’s a concession. Once Cash Money’s most bankable star, Lil Wayne has now become one of the label’s many signees struggling to release an album. The first Sorry 4 the Wait treated fans until the delayed and disappointing Tha Carter IV dropped; Dedication 5 was a mea culpa for his streak of passable music.
Lil Wayne fans have been in this position before. In July of 2011, the prolific rapper dropped Sorry 4 The Wait, an apology of sorts for the numerous delays of his ninth studio album Tha Carter IV. On that tape, Weezy flew off into rap tangents on various popular songs at the time. Nearly four years later, listeners are having déjà vu.
Far from simmering down, the Lil Wayne / Birdman beef proves to be just heating up, as new talks of legal action emerge with figures in the millions. Tha Carter V still has no release date and what some initially side-eyed as a publicity stunt to hype the album looks more like legitimate bad blood with each passing day. That conflict is both the catalyst for and the crux of Wayne’s new mixtape Sorry 4 The Wait 2, and while the ongoing situation has clearly left a bad taste in the mouths of the Cash Money titans, it‘s also become fodder for the fans to eat up.