With Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV looking to push nearly "a milli" copies in its opening week, Flipmode Squad leader Busta Rhymes reflects on his contribution to the long-awaited LP.
Busta also pointed out how despite sharing a track with Nas, Bun B and Shyne, his voice is the last you hear on Carter IV.
"I actually close out Tha Carter IV. I'm the last voice you hear on Tha Carter IV," Busta said in an interview. "It's special because I didn't know that's what [Wayne] was gonna do with it...When we did the joint, he didn't really tell us how he was gonna put it together. All I knew was that when it was done, it was me, Bun B, Nas and
Shyne, and I was the last voice to be heard on the album, so I feel honored for that." (MTV)
Earlier this year, "6 Foot, 7 Foot" producer Bangladesh talked about contributing to Carter IV.
"I think the industry just talks like that," Bang told us referencing "A Milli" and "6 Foot 7 Foot" comparisons. "You want to out-do your greatest. If his greatest was something else, 'It's better than this' or 'it's 10 times better than that.' You always want to out-do your greatest so 'A Milli' is the standard you want to reach. So you know, it's 'A Milli' on steroids. I think that's a great thing. You want to over achieve what you already did. [LIL WAYNE & COREY GUNZ] are both jamming. There's no favorite [or who's better]. Wayne's different than Cory Gunz and Cory Gunz is Cory Gunz. I don't really compare great rappers. Obviously one is bigger than the other, but they're on the same team so it be the media that's always trying to make the difference in the two. 'Who's better?' It's not really about that, they're both good. I would buy both albums [if the song was featured on both their LP's] for two different reasons. They're not the same. You can't compare what's not the same."
The prolific hip-hop superstar's eagerly awaited Cash Money/Universal Republic album, Tha Carter IV, hit retail last Monday and is on target for sales of 870-900k in its first week. Based on first-day sales from those retailers not selling corn dogs to Tea Party candidate Michele Bachmann, the album will easily debut at #1 on next week's HITS chart. The rapper's last installment in the series, Tha Carter III, sold 1.005m on release in June, 2008. (HITS Daily Double)
Last week, Cash Money Records co-owner Birdman said two million copies have been shipped in preparation for Wayne's first week.
Cash Money delivered Carter IV to Universal about 10 days in advance, which Williams says was necessary to press the two million units being shipped in its first week. "The goal is to sell a million-plus copies," he explains. Although that's likely what led to Carter IV breaking free, Williams says he's actually OK with leaks, to a point. "I can deal with it for short period of time," he says. It's when you have a leak out for a long time that it's crazy." (Rolling Stone)