Lil Wayne‘s long-awaited album Tha Carter V finally came out back in September. Since then, it appears that the rapper is prepared to drop more material. Veteran producer and former Cash Money alumni Mannie Fresh recently revealed that he and Wayne are collaborating on a new mixtape titled The Fresh Files in an interview with XXL.
During the discussion, Fresh explained how he and Weezy produced a lot of material when they worked on Tha Carter V together, so much so that there’s enough music for a full joint project. Fresh wouldn’t confirm a release date due to the rapper’s previous lawsuit battle with record labels.
“People are asking when are we’re going to do this, but it can’t interfere with Tha Carter,” he said. “We have to let it get to the point where they feel like now go ahead you can do this. I get it, because it’s not just him. It’s Universal and all of that. The label is like, because Mannie is your dude, we’re allowing Mannie to do this. It ain’t got nothing to do with Universal. It would be purely just me. The world is definitely going to get those records. If I could’ve put it out with Universal it would’ve been out.”
While fans won’t be able to predict what to expect, the producer assured that The Fresh Files will not disappoint no matter when it drops because it will also provide that nostalgic Cash Money tune that was prevalent in the airwaves during the late ’90s and early 2000s. When speaking about the upcoming 20th anniversary of Lil Wayne’s debut album The Block is Hot, Mannie said that the songs in The Fresh Files will have a pure element to it, without the addition of special instrumental effects.
“I feel like it’s the Wayne that people want to hear,” Mannie said. “The format of those songs are even different from the two that are on Tha Carter V. There were some people that felt it was too musical and they dumbed the song down. On the project that I’m putting out, you’re going to get the version of how the song was before it was touched.”
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