By Nadeska Alexis (@neweryork)
When we quizzed Lil Wayne about Drake’s Take Care album sales back in November, he was real casual about the whole thing—”As far as expectations, we don’t have those around here. Expectations are a weakness in the music business”—and maybe that’s part of the recipe for success within the YMCMB camp. No expectations, just a steady grind. This year the crew is gearing up to drop more than a dozen projects and Birdman gave Complex a rundown of the expected release dates. Lil Wayne’s I Am Not A Human Being 2 for example, is expected to drop by the summer.
“Wayne’s got an album he’s about to drop real soon. Its called I Am Not a Human Being 2,” Birdman told Complex. “It’s gonna be before the summer for sure. We haven’t picked the date yet. Whenever he’s ready to drop his album, we’re gonna make it do what it do. He’s definitely got an album done and ready to go. Wayne works a lot. There’s no telling [if Rebirth 2 will happen]. But I know for sure we’ve got I Am Not A Human Being 2 ready to go. That’s the next project.”
Birdman and Wayne have also been working on their joint LP Like Father, Like Son 2, which the Cash Money CEO says is ready to go. “We got that finished too. We’ve been recording that,” he said of the album. “We never stopped recording [for] that. We got songs we want. When we get ready to drop it, we’ll probably do that in the 4th quarter. Wayne wants to do the I am Not a Human Being 2 and I want to do my solo album too, so we’ll probably do that later on.”
But before all of that, Nicki Minaj’s sophomore album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, now scheduled for an April 3 release, will kick start the YMCMB storm. “I just came from listening to her album,” Birdman said. “She’s grown so much as an artist. She’s so talented that this s— is scary. Like, wow she really is the female Weezy. Hands down she bad as a mother—er. Her talents, skills, and what she done with her music and the way she is in front of a camera. She’s just so talented to be so young. It’s a brand new style. I’m just so glad she’s on our team.”