"November 2008?" Weezy asked with a grin last week in Miami when asked if his reps' idea for his release date matched his own timetable.
And who can his fans — who have been devouring his mixtapes, like The Drought 3 — thank for this delay? The leader of the St. Lunatics.
"A lot of things [are] coming out this year," Weezy explained. "My artist Currency, I don't wanna drown him. Then I'm on a lot of people's stuff. A lot of people want to use the songs I'm on as singles. That would be a quick, 'No, reject,' if my album was out. I don't like that. I want all that to be when I come out. … Plus I was given advice by my big brother Nelly about how to do that. He said, 'You gotta make them want you.'
"I got a song with Enrique Iglesias and people who sell a million records on their own," he continued about his recent collaborations. "Then I got songs with people from the 'hood. I got songs with everybody. Put their fans with mine, 5 million [albums sold]!"
Iglesias recently gushed to MTV News about "Push," his unlikely collabo with Weezy that surfaced on the Latin heartthrob's just-released Insomniac.
"The cool thing about this song is it wasn't about 'let's do a song and stick a rapper on it,' " Iglesias said of the track. "Lil Wayne is one of my favorite rappers. We thought about that and said, 'OK, let's give him a call and see if he wants to be on the song.' He liked it and was kind enough to rap on it."