Lil Wayne’s Young Money army are loading up and getting ready to unleash a wave of new music towards the end of this year and next year. The youngest of the Young Money crew, Lil Twist and Lil Chuckee, are working the Net and the mixtape circuit, as are Jae Millz and Gudda Gudda. Tyga, who’s performing shows in South Africa this week, just dropped a video for his Lil Wayne-featured “I’m On It,” and of course, his Chris Brown collaboration “Deuces” is an undeniable people-propelled hit. The record was a mixtape song, but through requests and video play on MTV Jams and “106 & Park,” it’s become a number-one hit.
Young Money president Mack Maine says that Tyga has an official second single coming soon and is hoping the company releases his album before 2010 is over. If not, look for Tyga at the top of 2011.
The biggest Young Money releases this year, of course, are coming courtesy of the leader of the family, Lil Wayne. Weezy has a 10-song project called I Am Not a Human Being that will be released digitally on his birthday, September 27. YM has tentative plans to come right back with more Weezy on November 5. That album, of course, will be his über-anticipated Tha Carter IV, or C4 as it’s been nicknamed.
“Tha Carter IV plans we had and still have are to put Tha Carter IV out the day he comes out [of prison],” Mack said yesterday in New York. “He had so many songs for Tha Carter IV, we said let’s just put these 10 songs out [on I Am Not a Human Being] and double-back for Tha Carter IV. He has more songs for Tha Carter IV that are still strong.”
Mack says that Wayne is deeply involved in Tha Carter IV’s song selection process despite currently serving his yearlong sentence on Rikers Island.
“It’s basically me, him, Baby and Cortez Bryant mapping it out,” Mack explained. “We had a listening session out here. It was me, Baby and Cortez. I let [Wayne] know these are the ones we picked. He already picked six of them from back there. I let him hear it over the phone. I book him a studio session — kinda like I did for the ‘Light Up’ up remix with Drake. I book him a studio session and let him listen [to tracks] over the phone. ‘Do you like this one?’ ‘Yeah?’ “
While Wayne shot a slew of videos for guest spots on other artists’ songs and for his Rebirth LP before he went to prison, Weezy did not get to film videos for I Am Not a Human Being or Carter IV, which by no means is stifling plans for the releases. “Right Above It” (originally a track for Carter IV) is the first single for … Human Being and has been released to radio. Meanwhile, Mack says the camp is thinking about not putting any music from Carter IV out prior to the release. They’re toying with the idea of letting the fans be surprised when they purchase the project.
“We might just drop the album that day,” Mack said of C4. “Just hope it don’t leak out and drop it that day. I think it would crazy, the anticipation.”
Right now, Wayne has a tentative release date from prison of November 5. Not only does Young Money want to drop Carter IV that day, they want to hold a welcome-home concert that night, which Wayne would headline.
“That’s where we are aiming for now,” Mack explained. “I think the Garden would be perfect. I wanna keep it Young Money. I think we can hold our own. As far as his set, it would be nice to have features and cameos on his set. As far as who opens for him, it’ll be a no-brainer, Young Money could hold it down. Just have the big features on Wayne’s set. He’s gonna have a show, then go to the studio. I just had a birthday recently. I had four parties for my birthday. For him, it’s no telling how that week would go, how that month would go. Five months [would go]. We’re gonna party like when Frank came home in ‘King of New York.’ We’re gonna go crazy.”
Also in November, the 23rd to be exact, comes Nicki Minaj’s debut Pink Friday. Drake is already working on another album as well as a mixtape, and according to Mack, it’s “real possible” that Drizzy’s sophomore LP will come before next summer.
While Mack has been aggressively carrying out his duties as an executive, let’s not forget he’s still an artist. He has a new single out called “All in One Swipe” featuring the Birdman, Rick Ross and Chu. Mack’s new mixtape and album are currently in production.
This Sunday, MTV Jams will debut Mack’s new video “I’m From New Orleans,” a collaboration with Lucci Lou and T@, which will be featured during a daylong celebration called “Louisiana Love.” On the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, MTV Jams is celebrating the life and the strength of the survivors of the hurricane.