Exclusive: Lil Wayne Says Retirement Talk Is No Joke

'It's the final 'Carter' album. It's stopping at five,' Lil Wayne tells MTV News.

Rap and retirement are like oil and water. While most MCs have had a hard time staying retired, Lil Wayne insists that his upcoming Tha Carter V will be his last solo LP.

Then again, he'd be willing to make a rather lucrative exception.

"25 to 35 million would get me to do another solo album after this," Weezy told MTV News after taking a deep breath and a second to think out his answer.

"I didn't smile when I said it," he pointed out to us in an effort to show just how serious he really is.

For someone who is looking to take a break, Wayne remains very busy. On Tuesday he released Young Money: Rise of An Empire, a compilation album that shows off the talents of his expansive roster with contributions from artists like Drake, Nicki Minaj, Tyga as well as newcomers Euro, PJ Morton and Chanel West Coast.

MTV News caught up with Weezy on the set of "Senile," the latest single from the Rise of an Empire LP and while he was fully focused on the task at hand, he did look forward to life after rap.

"I personally plan on this being my final solo album, yes and it's definitely the final Carter album. It's the final Carter album. It's stopping at five," he assured us of the LP, which is slated to be released on May 5, though we here from a source that date may change.

But Wayne won't fully hang up his mic, as he'll still treat fans to guest features, especially when it comes to his YMCMB family. "I plan on it being my final solo album," he said. "Whenever I have to pitch in for a Young Money album, a Like Father, Like Son album and something like that and maybe something out the blue."

In the meantime, Weezy is hard at work on his next album -- so hard that he told us, "It seems like it will be impossible for me to work this hard again for anything else."

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