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Lil Wayne Finally Frees ‘Tha Carter V’ After Years Of Ugly Label Battles At Star-Studded Birthday Bash [Album Stream/Photos]
In recent weeks, news surfaced that Lil Wayne and Birdman had finally reached an agreement for an undisclosed sum, effectively freeing up Tha Carter V for release. Now, the album has finally arrived, though it seems pretty clear that it’s not entirely a relic of 2012 that’s been collecting dust for half a decade. The new album features a slew of special guests both young and old including features by Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, Nicki Minaj, his daughter, Reginae Carter, Ashanti, Snoop Dogg, and more and boasts production credits from Swizz Beatz, Dr. Dre, Metro Boomin, Mannie Fresh, Zaytoven, DJ Mustard. The album also includes a collaboration with highly controversial young rapper XXXTentacion, who was shot dead during a robbery attempt earlier this year.Tha Carter V, as it is released today, is likely a combination of new and old, featuring some material from the intended initial release and some created in the time since. It’s hard to see exactly where that line is, too. The album has plenty of the more rock-influenced, trap-style beats that have now become the norm, but Wayne had already started experimenting with that new musical direction for some time by 2012, as evidenced by his sound on mixtapes like Rebirth (2010), No I Am Not a Human Being (2010), and the other numerous “unofficial” projects he’s released since then.While it’s surely not the same Wayne that earned the commanded him the “greatest rapper alive” crown for much of the 2000’s, it’s still a new Weezy album, and it’s still an exciting victory after years and years of waiting. Stream Tha Carter V below:Lil Wayne – Tha Carter V – Full Album After years locked up in label disputes, Lil Wayne‘s long-awaited new album, Tha Carter V, has finally arrived. The 23-track album marks the fifth installment in the prolific rapper’s enormously successful, Grammy-winning series of albums. However, in addition to the baseline excitement of fans about a new Weezy LP, the significant buzz surrounding this specific release stems from a long, fraught battle his parent label, Cash Money Records, and Birdman, the label’s leader and Wayne’s noted musical father figure.The album was teased by Wayne and those around him as far back as 2012, one year after the release of Tha Carter IV, which was met with a middling critical response but was an overwhelming commercial success, eventually being certified Platinum two times over. Tha Carter IV also came after an extended delay, prompting Wayne to release a new mixtape, Sorry 4 Tha Wait, to hold fans over until the album’s release.In 2014, Lil Wayne released “Believe Me” featuring Drake, which was intended to be Tha Carter V‘s lead single. However, shortly before the album’s rumored initial release date, Weezy F. Baby fired off a series of tweets explaining that fans would have to wait, as Birdman was not going to release the project. As he lamented at the time,To all my fans, I want you to know that my album won’t and hasn’t been released bekuz … Cash Money Records refuse to release it. This is not my fault. I am truly and deeply sorry to all my fans but most of all to myself and my family for putting us in this situation. … I want off this label and nothing to do with these people but unfortunately it ain’t that easy. I am a prisoner and so is my creativity. Again, I am truly sorry and I don’t blame ya if ya fed up with waiting 4 me & this album. But thank you.Lil Wayne’s feud with his label only ramped up from there. In early 2015, Weezy sued Cash Money for $51 million and demanded the right to terminate his contract and leave the label. Later that year, Wayne released The Free Weezy Album exclusively on Tidal, and Cash Money returned fire by filing suit against Jay-Z‘s fledgling streaming platform for $50 million. That suit was eventually dropped. Through all that, Tha Carter V remained one of popular music’s big, mythical question marks. With each passing year, fans got more and more ravenous for its release, and the online campaign to #FreeThaCarterV (or #FreeC5) continued to grow louder and louder. Load remaining images Lil Wayne Tha Carter V Tracklisting1. “I Love You Dwayne” (Jacida Carter)2. “Don’t Cry” (featuring XXXTentacion)3. “Dedicate” (samples a Barack Obama speech)4. “Uproar”5. “Let It Fly” (featuring Travis Scott)6. “Can’t Be Broken”7. “Dark Side of the Moon” (featuring Nicki Minaj)8. “Mona Lisa” (featuring Kendrick Lamar)9. “What About Me” (featuring Sosamann)10. “Open Letter”11. “Famous” (featuring Reginae Carter)12. “Problems”13. “Dope Niggaz” (featuring Snoop Dogg)14. “Hittas”15. “Took His Time”16. “Open Safe”17. “Start This Shit Off Right” (featuring Ashanti and Mack Maine)18. “Demon”19. “Mess”20. “Dope New Gospel” (featuring Nivea)21. “Perfect Strangers”22. “Used 2”23. “Let It All Work Out”View TracklistingWeezy celebrated the hard-won release of the LP with a star-studded joint 36th birthday party/release party dubbed “Wayne’s World,” attended by famous friends like Stevie Wonder, Chris Brown, Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa, Timbaland, Ray J, Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi of Rae Sremmurd, Trippie Redd, Shaggy, Trey Songz, Tiffany Haddish, Draya Michelle. You can check out a gallery of photos from the party below via Getty Images.Lil Wayne was also just announced as the replacement for the injured Childish Gambino at the upcoming Austin City Limits festival—though we all know what happened last time he was booked as a late festival lineup addition. We won’t hold our breaths, we’ll just be over here victoriously bumping Tha Carter V.Lil Wayne 36th Birthday/’Tha Carter V’ Release Party | Hubble Studios | Los Angeles, CA | 9/27/18 | Photos: Getty Images
However, he also foresaw a “dichotomy”, in which “really specialised but small boutiques” with a product or a regional focus could survive.“There will be a combination of some Darwinian process, after which the winner takes all, and M&A activity in the industry,” Faissola said.For DeAWM, he stressed that “no further parts of the business will be put on sale” for the foreseeable future.The asset manager had aborted sales talks over its real estate branch RREEF in 2013 and is now in talks with BNY Mellon to outsource the administrative side of its real estate fund business, including reporting or book keeping.But Faissola also said that, while he was “not opposed” to further acquisitions, it “might be a little bit too early to consider that”.He added: “Once we have completed all our integrations, I am not against it, but it needs to be targeted, additive and provide added value.”Barbara Rupf-Bee, the newly appointed head of EMEA for the asset manager, also identified regulation as one of the drivers for consolidation in the market.Speaking on a panel during the event, she pointed out the importance of dialogue and engagement with the regulators, which “leads into certain costs”.“Regulators are now starting to become more savvy in seeing what works and what doesn’t, and we will see more focus on the suitability of regulation,” she said.She also said she was convinced the trend of institutions “weaving” hedge funds and other alternative strategies into their portfolios would not be hindered by regulation.“Particularly, insurers and pension funds are forerunners of this,” she said.Rupf-Bee pointed out that, “historically, alternatives have been sitting on the far right side of the portfolios, and nobody knew quite how to integrate them”.She added that any existing regulation hindering such asset class cross-overs could be “worked around”.In countries such as Germany, she said, the fact the full range of alternatives was not available to pension funds must be taken into account. “But,” she added, “as we go into new trends, the regulation will follow – it will almost never lead.” The integration of DWS into the re-branded Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management (DeAWM) last year saw Germany’s largest asset manager increase its domestic assets under management by more than 50% to €931bn, according to IPE’s Top 400 Asset Managers survey.For DeAWM, size in key.Speaking at a recent press event in London, DeAWM head Michele Faissola said that, as an asset manager in a market where margin pressure would continue and fragmented regulation remain a major challenge, “you need to be efficient and have the scale” .He predicted the “big ones will get bigger” over the long term and that those in the middle “will get crushed”.
Milos Raonic said he has been playing with pain since January, after scraping his way into the US Open third round on Wednesday.Raonic was plagued by back issues in New York, but he managed to surpass Fernando Verdasco 6-2 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (7-1).The world number 10 will face Verdasco’s fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez next – the pair splitting their two matches in 2015 so far.The last time they met – in the Australian Open fourth round when Raonic won in five sets – the Canadian was playing without any inhibitions.Since, however, Raonic has been below 100 per cent – retiring during the Monte Carlo Masters in April with a pinched nerve in his right foot which required surgery that ruled him out of the French Open.”It’s been a while. I’d say probably Australia time,” Raonic told a news conference of the last time he played without some discomfort. “But it’s just a tennis player’s life. We don’t have substitutes or anything. I think there’s always something nagging at you.”It’s tiring. Sort of when you wake up every morning you’re sort of asking yourself, ‘Am I going to be better today?'”Sometimes you get positive signs from your body and sometimes you get disappointing signs.”Raonic’s start to the North American hard-court swing was also delayed by his foot problem, and he came into the US Open off first-up losses to Ivo Karlovic (Montreal) and Lopez (Cincinnati).The Canadian said the back injury flared against Karlovic at the Rogers Cup, but declared it unrelated to his foot concern. Given his lack of match practice, with only two under his belt between Wimbledon and Flushing Meadows, Raonic said the more time on-court he gets, the better he will be.”That mental fortitude today is what has gotten me through, and it’s what’s going to give me a chance in my next match as well,” the 24-year-old said.”I just have to keep plugging away and trying to be better and better each match. Those are the goals.”–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Colombo: Sri Lanka customs Tuesday ordered the return of container loads of hazardous mortuary and clinical waste illegally imported into the island from Britain under the cover of metal recycling. Customs officials said the racket dating back to 2017 was uncovered after the Colombo port complained last week that an importer had abandoned 111 containers which were emanating a huge stink. A total of 241 containers had been imported since 2017 and 130 of them had been taken to a free-trade zone ostensibly for recycling and re-export, customs spokesman Sunil Jayaratne said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”We are taking immediate action to order the re-export of the 111 containers abandoned at the port,” Jayaratne said. “The other 130 which had already been cleared from the port will be dealt under environmental and other laws.” He said the 130 containers were stuffed with used mattresses and plastic and clinical waste imported in violation of international laws governing the shipping of hazardous material. A Sri Lankan businessman who imported the containers would be liable for criminal prosecution if he failed to re-export them to Britain, from where they originated, Jayaratne said. An official at the finance ministry, which is responsible for the customs department, said it would take up the issue with British authorities for exporting hazardous cargo without first checking if Sri Lanka was willing to accept it. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”This is a well-organised racket that has been going on since 2017,” said the official, speaking anonymously because he was not authorised to talk to the media. The 111 containers are believed to contain mortuary waste including human organs and had been unloaded and exposed to the elements for the past two years. The 130 containers taken to a free-trade zone near Colombo International Airport were contaminating water and polluting the air in the area, he said. Sri Lanka’s pushback on imported trash came as Indonesia and the Philippines returned shipments of foreign rubbish to their originating ports.