With the re-emergence of Juvenile and all the hype surrounding Baby's Best of Both Worlds collaboration with R. Kelly, it slipped under the radar that Lil' Wayne never dropped The Carter last year.
Now the Cash Money camp says he may drop The Carter altogether. According to a rep for the camp, Wayne went back in the lab and recorded a whole new album's worth of material and plans to have something in stores by April. It's not clear whether Wayne's new disc will still be called The Carter.
Meanwhile, Juvenile is continuing his efforts to garner a platinum plaque for his comeback Juve the Great. The grown man with the adolescent name recently finished shooting a video for "Bounce Back" with another adult who has a kiddie moniker: Baby. That clip should air within the next couple of weeks.
Baby's been in front of the cameras a lot lately. He and Mannie Fresh just shot a clip for the Big Tymers' "No Love" with hip-hop video guest star extraordinaire Jazze Pha. And if Baby really wants to accomplish his goal of having Best of Both Worlds: Ghetto Thrillers out by April, chances are you'll see him and the Pied Piper on a video set sometime soon.
While Mannie Fresh's Big Tymers cohort is on the verge of pursuing other ventures, Cash Money's main producer has finally decided to record his first solo album, which is tentatively titled Mannie Fresh Presents. Fresh has already completed some tracks and should have his project ready later this year.
Another long-talked-about Cash Money record is coming down the pike soon, but don't look for too much rapping on it. Legendary soul singer Teena Marie has La Dona on tap. "La Dona is like the female don," Marie explained. "The female Mr. Biggs."
Mannie fresh produced her first single, "Still in Love," which features Baby, while elsewhere on the disc Marie re-teams with her "Fire and Desire" co-star, Rick James.