By Rob Markman
It's been six years since Lil Wayne and Juelz Santana originally announced plans to record a collaboration album, but the two MCs haven't given up on the project just yet. A few songs have from I Can't Feel My Face have already leaked to the web, but when MTV News caught up with Juelz Santana at Meek Mill's 25th birthday bash in Philadelphia, he seemed confident that the album would drop in its entirety... at some point.
"When Wayne reached out to me at the time I just wasn't in the position to really do things the right way," Santana told MTV News.
During an interview with MTV's "Hip Hop POV" host Amanda Seales, Wayne revealed that when he was released from prison in 2010, he hoped he and his buddy Elz could begin new recording sessions for the storied album, but after a January 2011 raid on Santana's New Jersey studio left him unable to work, Weezy repurposed the beats that intended for Facefor his upcomingI Am Not a Human Being II. "At the time my studio had just got shut down, I lost a lot of music so I just had to recuperate," Elz explained to MTV News. "But I reached out to Weezy, we in a good space."
I Can't Feel My Face isn't the only Juelz project that fans have been clamoring for. It's been seven years since his last solo album, What the Game's Been Missing! and considering it earned him an RIAA-certified gold plaque, the wait for Juelz's next LP Born to Lose, Built to Win is quite the head scratcher. But the rapper assured that he'll have an album out by the end of the year.
"I'll probably drop two mixtapes before the album and we gonna get everything right, we gonna get everything back in the proper perspective where it need to be," he told MTV News. "When I put out my music it will be well worth the wait, that's all I can say."
And in case you were wondering about the status of Diplomatic Immunity 3, the long-awaited reunion album with Cam'ron, Jim Jones, Juelz and Freekey Zekey, that idea is still on the table. "Hopefully we gonna get that Diplomat album poppin'," Santana plugged. "We just want to do that the right way."