Lil Wayne has released "Tha Carter V" album

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ICONIC! I can't wait till your fans finally hear C5! So Friday morning at 12:01 AM, expect plenty of Wayneheads to be shedding tears of joy.

After years on the shelf Tha Carter V has finally arrived.

As we know, the album's release is a big victory for Weezy and his fans as it comes following friction and legal battles with Birdman and his label, Cash Money Records. "We know it will come in number 2 to my brother Lil Wayne and that's lovely".

Watch his announcement video below.

The project was a labor of love for the Grammy Award-winning artist: "I always give y'all all of me, but with this album, I'm giving you more than me", he said.

Guess what? Today happens to be Lil Wayne's birthday as well.

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In October of that year, Lil Wayne told Karen Civil that he was working on a release date and was still working on the album.

Other fans tweeted that Wayne has managed to put out the album of the year over peers like Kanye West, J. Cole, and his own Young Money protegés Nicki Minaj and Drake. While he said that he could stop Wayne from putting an album out if he wanted to, he made it clear that the delay had nothing to do with him.

The good news: Musically, despite the age of some of the songs, "V" is fresh, flush and even frenetic at times, with the crunch of the Southern trap and ropey rap-rock sounds that Wayne pretty much started in the first place. So what was the problem and why was Tha Carter V still unreleased? Flashing that level of transparency brought on wishes for Wayne's own version of JAY-Z's 4:44, which came out almost a year after the "Mad" verse and framed Jay as an artist not afraid to shed his too-cool exterior in the interest of opening himself up to listeners.

Tunechi's signature wordplay is evident near the beginning the album on back-to-back standout tracks "Let It Fly" and "Can't Be Broken".

Will it be tonight?

The release on the weekend is set to coincide with West's appearance as the musical guest on the season premiere of long-running USA comedy show Saturday Night Live.

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