Lil Wayne Celebrates Birthday & ‘Tha Carter V’ Release with Star Studded Party

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Production on the album comes courtesy of longtime collaborator Mannie Fresh, Swizz Beatz, Metro Boomin, Ben Billions and many others. In June, the decorated New Orleans native was finally freed from his contract with Cash Money Records, the label co-ran by Bryan "Birdman" Williams, who Wayne has publicly identified as a father figure for the whole of his 20-year career.

Wayne - whose real name is Dwayne Carter - revealed earlier this week there had been a "misunderstanding" surrounding the release date of the album. Tha Carter V was originally announced in 2014 but has been delayed and stuck in perpetual limbo ever since.

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"I am a prisoner and so is my creativity".

If you haven't yet heard Lil Wayne's new album Tha Carter V, then you are missing out on some fire new music. "Y'all hung in there with me, so I can't do nothing but thank y'all for all the love, for all the passion", he said in the video.

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"Some fans on Twitter are already calling "Mona Lisa" the best song on the album, Tha Carter V. "'Mona Lisa' is the most fire song on the album period and don't at me", one fan wrote.

You can download Wayne's new album off of iTunes here. "You gotta always remember that... this is years of work, this is four, five, six years of work that you'll be listening to".

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