Lil Wayne

After years of legal drama between Lil Wayne and his former mentor Bryan “Birdman” Williams, the rapper is finally ready to drop his long-awaited album, Tha Carter V.

Wayne, 35, is busy finishing tracks on the album, which he first announced in 2012 and was set to drop in 2014.

Also complicating Lil Wayne’s life was his multiple hospitalizations for seizures brought on by drug abuse. Wayne is one of many rappers hooked on Lean, a concoction of prescription-strength cough medicine, codeine, grape soda and hard candy for added flavor.

Wayne recently settled a $51 million lawsuit against Birdman, 49, and Cash Money Records. For years, the two men aired their differences on social media and in headlines. But that’s all behind him now.

“I’m a very passionate guy about anything I do,” Wayne tells Billboard. “So once I find out that I’m being fucked over, I’m going to be passionate about that emotion toward how I feel about it.”

The settlement means Weezy’s long-awaited album will finally drop this fall.

When he’s not recording, Wayne FaceTimes with his four children.

“My four jewels — when I FaceTime one of them, man, everything goes away,” he says. “I didn’t let it get to me too much.

He said his children gave him the strength to push through the drama in his life.

“Just the confidence in knowing that there’s always a tomorrow and I’m going to make sure that tomorrow is bright. Some people can’t go on [like] that, like, ‘OK, tomorrow will be better.’ They need it to be better right now. And thank God I didn’t, and I never did.”

Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

  • Trace da Ace

    well its about damn time……and maybe its me…but Wayne…HAS NEVER been panty moistening material….I don’t see the sex appeal..AT ALL….but I guess he has enough money for the THOTS to like it….but I love his music tho…j/s

    also…somebody please tell Wayne to get rid of them damn blonde locks…they look dry, stanky and just plain NO!!!

  • Miss Thang

    Sandra, can we please get a warning before these kinds of graphic images?

  • A D N

    Oh, so he deals with life’s struggles like Scarlett O’Hara says in Gone with the Wind movie…”I’ll think about that Tomorrow”. The album should be great, but I’m not into his music. I wish him well.

  • Solstice
  • Victorious82

    His dreads are going the way of Stevie Wonders…

  • MSGREENMINUSTHEENVY

    LOL!!! This GIF took me all the way out!!!!!!!

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  • hi-liter

    I absolutely HATE to see men with Dyed locs……and I’m a loc wearer.

  • Pitty Patty

    I cant stand that lil bytch. She always in grown folks business

  • blue skies

    I just wanna no who finger nails

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Just shows you the power of money right there. There’s a tons of dudes who look like Lil Wayne who most women wouldnt even give the time of day… But mama was right when she used to say ” Even an ugly man looks cute when he’s standing on a fat wallet. “

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    *goes back to erase she whose name shall not be mentioned*
    (but… but…. she grown too ain’t it? LOL!)
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5a16feb7886870b58e876a7ffc6b264e7419e743bb55ec579123b82d4a427799.gif

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    well that was nice of you, Lol (and i agree)

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    *snorts* LOL!

  • Rayne

    He can drop that album with the new teef or old ones I ain’t buying shat! He has acted a whole got dam fool. Sure as shit sinks to the bottom of the bowl… IM THU! ? ?

  • Pitty Patty

    She barely grown. But when she was a teenager, she was always jumping in grown folks business. Talking slick. Sit your ass down somewhere and go do your damn homework, lil girl

  • MookieFly

    Lil Wayne lookin less like someone poured a 4 loko on a gremlin since he’s about to drop an album and secure a bag. Call me Weezy ?

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    no tongue slicker than that of a grown-ish teenager… Lol!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    that last part tho…. LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • KcoolMuziq

    Women don’t look at men for just looks. Both Lil Wayne & Birdman have been with some of the MOST beautiful women in the industry.

    Also JAY-Z dated Aaliyah,Mya and is now married to Beyonce.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I think the appeal is in the swag. At least that’s what I keep hearing. An ugly man with swag will often attract more women than a handsome man who’s seen as “corny”.

  • MookieFly

    Ugly men can fluck but they gotta pay

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    *walks you over to ‘timeout’*

  • Coco Mcluvin

    I been a fan since the block was hot, lol….This is so dope…I just hope the music is good. Wayne has some great songs in his catalogue so I’m looking forward to this.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    the culprit… er,um, i mean, stylist?

  • Coco Mcluvin

    I used to have Right-On and Word-Up posters of him all over my wall ? lol….so it just depends on who you ask.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    That’s true. And they’re both multi-millionaires, so…

    We all know that the rules are very different if the dude is rich.

  • HeyGirlHey

    Bey wouldn’t be with Jay if he wasn’t who he was.

  • Renee26

    He made himself soooo ugly

    His extensions are a hot mess… Yuck

  • Renee26

    They say if he can make you laugh he can….

  • Renee26

    He looks unclean

  • Junkanoo

    Ugh! Give me some Tribe Called Quest, Pharcyde , Digable Planet and dem

  • MookieFly

    I can be a concubine for a season lol

  • Renee26

    Lol I think he got extensions after getting out of prison… Like they made him chop the good ones off and now he has struggle locks

  • Renee26

    That was before he looked like this…early 2000’s I assume

  • MookieFly

    Haha ???

  • ZRoJoTheLezBeyond

    That’s a hard lookin 35, thanks to all the drugs he’s been using all these years.

  • Meme

    You and me both!

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  • Renee26

    Idk if I like skateboard Wayne’s music … I liked young Wayne but he’s been gone too long for me to say I’m interested in his new album…. His yt fans will support without question I’m sure

  • Meme

    He should have kept Toyah can you imagine she was with him from the start when he had nothing

  • TriniHarlem

    This is your brain on drugs *cracks egg throws in frying pan* any questions? SMH. I wish he never tatted his face or anyone for that matter. Makes you look so damn dirty and unkempt. Please leave that lean alone and other things. Makes you look 55

  • Dahl

    Please tell me that isn’t his hand ??

  • Kim’s Original Face

    Wayne looks sick af!! Like is he ok? Lean is almost the equivalent to meth that shit has aged him 1,000 light years

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Wayne aging in dog years…

  • Tiff J

    LOL Hard to tell. It’s a mess. They needed a better looking hand, with a different skin tone, so we could tell it’s a females hand. The painted nails aren’t doing anything to make it clear.

  • KcoolMuziq

    It didn’t age Bow Wow like that.

  • Shira Harding-James

    Not extensions though lol

  • Tiff J

    Is she still in college? I hope she didn’t take a semester off to follow around her rapper boyfriend.

  • Solstice

    Nan! You already know ??

  • Solstice

    LMMFAO ???

  • Tony

    Whose hand is that y’all?

  • MsChocolate

    Heeeeeeheeeee

  • morenYAHdelsur

    I was just thinking that LOL.

    He doesn’t even like bw so who’s hand is that?! ??

  • Meh

    He’s hiding one eye, that’s never a good sign. ??

  • datjerk

    I cant believe women have sex with him.

  • datjerk

    Drugs will do that to ya

  • datjerk

    “You thu sis???

  • Parent

    Always been a Wayne fan, always will!

  • Renee26

    They look like extensions to me… They look like they are connected to his natural broken off skinnier locs … Before he got locked up they weren’t fat like that

  • Renee26

    Ineresting… He admitted that shooting himself in the chest at age 12 was a suicide attempt… Cause his momma said he couldn’t rap anymore

  • Judge Mental Will

    Most annoying attention-starved celebrity beeches who need to get punched in the face:
    1. Danielle Bregoli
    2. Any of the Kartrashians
    3. Donald Trump
    4. Nicki Minaj

  • Miss Thang

    I absolutely adore this gif.

  • Juliaquan C Spain

    While you @ it do something about that hair…like seriously.

  • Juliaquan C Spain

    Agree….

  • Wreckognize Game

    Did you answer Plies question today? ?

  • FukkFolks2018

    Tune! I been waiting right here with you lil bro for the Carter Cinco! For years. Thanks for all the one liners. All the memorable lyrics. All of it. Such ah FAN.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Are those Lil’ Wayne’s painted fingernails in that photo? ?

  • nick c

    Wow his eye sockets are the age of an 80 year old.

  • BingBangBoom

    What???!!

  • BingBangBoom

    I can’t wait until the release of this album.

  • Queen B

    I love Wayne!!! Cant wait ?

  • Alextra Ballard

    Wow!!!

  • Alextra Ballard

    Believe it!!! Some wimmen has strange taste when it comes to men. Others for monetary enrichment

  • Alextra Ballard

    Wut does it mean? He prolly just high,as usual

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    What graphic image? There is no nudity in this post.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Lmaooo….lawd ham mer-c

  • Alextra Ballard

    Cuz that ol Cake Topper was line.

  • FukkFolks2018

    His mom

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    I’m looking forward to this album. I’m glad to hear that he’s updating it

  • hottlanta

    These are some dark sexual times where women still have sex with him.

  • ALLMINE?

    He made being a “DRUGGIE” a cool thing to be in hiphop.

  • OriginalGuestest

    This man hasn’t ran out of words yet..

  • Carla
  • Carla

    He probably looks very handsome at the bank.

  • Mister Fantastic

    Hell, he dropped his hairline on schedule…

  • Logan Roberts

    I wish you well Wayne, I feel like I grew up with you. It’s sad how drugs do folks. I think God everyday that I never had the urge for any drugs.

  • Malcom Flex

    Another hiphop junkie so high he can’t open his eyes. Some braun at this board got salty cuz I said rap/hiphop is full of junkies. It IS. They sipping lean, blazing Indica, popping mollies, xans,and basic booze. Don’t forget breaking bad, crack rock, coke and heroin. Not saying Wayne does all this but it’s very common. I’m surprised there haven’t been more OD’s.

  • Malcom Flex

    He had some bangers back in the day.

  • Malcom Flex

    LOL that’s cold, LOL

  • Malcom Flex

    100%

  • Malcom Flex

    Women have sex with dogs for money.

  • Malcom Flex

    He’s in THE ORDER like all of them including all the white latin asian and arab stars. Some more obvious than others

  • Malcom Flex

    Lean is a opioid close to heroin…

  • Malcom Flex

    100%

  • T3

    ?????

  • bemetoo

    such an idiot settle for a fraction of what he could make

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    ?

  • TheyDontHearMeTho

    More like he’s still a slave under hypnosis hence the “one eye” beinf covered and the blonde dreads. ?lil wayne looks like a corpse.

  • Peppermint Patty

    Come up out that hat and dem bandanas and spray painted dyed roots and give us a pulled up look….havent seen a hairline since miss officer….

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Life will try to chew you up and sp?t you out, so that saying “Only the strong survive” is nothing but the truth. It leaves the strong survivors bruised but not broken. Happy to hear that things are turning in a positive direction for him. Hopefully he’ll leave the lean alone.

  • Rayne

    ???

  • sunni_daze

    Do we even want the Carter V almost a decade later? Will it sound
    dated?? Why bother

  • mona q

    I know this man has used drugs but y’all speaking on his looks, do realize he has epilepsy right? Jeesh. I don’t think he would continue using drugs having such a serious illness…it’s purely speculation to think he is.

  • kree

    Are those his painted finger nails?

  • Renee26

    Ikr… Sad. I knew he grew up too fast and was involved in a lot…. He was determined to be a rapper….so shocking that his baby mind took it that deep.

  • Sassie

    I said the same thing, but being a Weezy fan, I’m here for it. I know it’s gone be good, dated or not.

  • Sassie

    Lordt, LOL

  • Sassie

    “took one to the chest, say Weezay Wee never die” – Lil Wayne is my DUDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sassie

    Sholl do….they have NO freakin shame, smh

  • sunni_daze

    Hopefully the album will be hot andno mumble

  • BingBangBoom

    So wait do you think these “hospital” visits are a sign of suicidal attempts? I always thought he was playing with the gun and shot himself…

  • Renee26

    He was ODing off that codeine in his recent stays… He said this happened when he was only 12. Now it’s my understanding that his momma dated a thug named Rabbit and that’s how he met Baby. Wayne was rapping on the Big Tymers cd’s when he was 14 and killing it without cursing (bling)… Fast forward to Baby and him kissing on the lips and Baby rapping they tag team girls at the same time … Plus all the Baby DL “rumors” Wayne could very possibly be trying to self medicate to deal with being abused at a young age … He still drinking that ish regardless. He had 2 cups at 2Chains wedding

  • Kimocha

    This man needs rehab!… BAD!!!

  • BingBangBoom

    Chile…. That was deep. Makes all the sense to me now.. Poor Wayne. That past will take you all the way to grave sometimes. I hope he finds a way to deal