The hype around Lil Wayne's Tha Carter V is building, but it isn't just the fans who are excited. Record producers are busy working on new beats, hoping to land a track on Weezy's supposed retirement album.
DVLP has as good a chance as anyone to make Tha Carter V; he's placed tracks on every Carter LP since Wayne's 2005 Tha Carter II. Even though he has a number of songs already recorded with Wayne, he continues to work on fresh material for the star rapper to consider, just in case.
"There's probably 15 records that I've done with Wayne that no one's ever heard, so there are tons of records already in the stash, but I'm always looking for something new," DVLP told MTV News on Monday, knowing that no placement is guaranteed just yet.
When the beat maven first hooked up with Wayne, he (along with his one-time production partner Filthy) gave the Young Money boss "Fireman," the frantic lead single from Tha Carter II. For Tha Carter IV DVLP served up the kinetic and brash "Blunt Blowin." Now, with C5 the accomplished producer, who has logged worked with Eminem, Rick Ross, Cam'ron and Pitbull, is searching for a brand-new sound to deliver to Weezy.
"I think Wayne does have a sound, especially with Tha Carter [series]. They each have a specific sound and you have to kind of fit in with that, but, at the same time, you got to be creative and be different," he said. "Maybe bringing back dub-hall, reggae vibe — maybe."
Back in November 2012, Wayne told MTV News that Tha Carter V will be his last LP and has stuck to the story ever since.
"I signed my contract at 11, I went platinum at 14. I'm 30 now. Thank God I haven't put out an album that hasn't went platinum," he reasoned. "To just keep it goin' like that, I think not only am I being greedy, I'm fooling myself to think that it will continue to be that great."
Earlier this month, Drake announced that Tha Carter V will be released on May 5, and just a few days later, a fake track list was released. YMCMB president Mack Maine later revealed that the track list was a fake.