Back in October, Lil Wayne informed MTV News that while his highly anticipated Tha Carter III LP would not be hitting stores this year, he would appease fans in the fourth quarter of 2007 with a special mixtape album called Tha Carter III: The Leak.
The release was to include a number of completed songs that have leaked
throughout the year, in addition to four brand new tracks. The Leak
was supposed to hit stores on December 18, but as the Holiday season
approached and the public was yet to see a video or hear an official
single, most fans gave up on the prospect of a new Weezy project seeing
the light of day in 2007.
Then, in early December, sources at Universal confirmed to XXL editor-in-chief Elliott Wilson
that no Lil Wayne LP would be released until the official Carter III
hit stores in February of 2008. Now, with just a week left until the
new year, a five song Lil Wayne EP called simply The Leak has
quietly appeared on the websites of online digital music retailers such
as Amazon and Rhapsody. The EP includes tracks such as “Gossip,” which
was supposed to be the first single off Tha Carter III: The Leak, and “Kush.” Amazon lists The Leak’s
official street date as Tuesday, December 25 and Cash Money Records as
the label. It is unclear whether the EP will ever be available in
stores, or why no official announcement accompanied its release.
I am sure it is due to label politics and other bullshit on why a full track list and a no announcement/promotion happened. But am glad that Wayne can finally be getting some money for some of the classic tracks that leaked last year. Pick it up and support real hip hop.
Here is the tracklisting for Lil Wayne’s The Leak:
1. I’m Me
4. Love Me Or Hate Me
5. Talkin’ About It