Rap-Up TV: Birdman and Mack Maine Talk ‘Tha Carter IV,’ Drake’s Second Album

The Cash Money-Young Money crew pulled up in their tour bus to the BMI Urban Music Awards to accept an award on behalf of their incarcerated brother Lil Wayne. Before they headed inside, they spoke with Rap-Up TV on the red carpet. Birdman, Shanell, and Mack Maine told us what to expect from the “Welcome Home Weezy” concert on Nov. 5, the day after Wayne is expected to be released from jail. “It’s gonna be a movie,” said YM president Mack Maine. “I expect it to be big, like not just New York residents. I think people [will] probably fly [in] from all over the world.”

While I Am Not a Human Being drops on Wayne’s birthday, Tha Carter IV may not arrive in November after all. “Maybe, maybe not. We don’t know yet,” revealed Baby, who also spoke about the next player to bat, Nicki Minaj, and her debut album Pink Friday. “We ain’t never had a woman looked upon like that,” he said of Young Money’s First Lady.

And if you thought Drake’s sophomore album was dropping this year, think again. “It could be the end of this year, but realistically I really said that it will be within a year from his last release,” said Mack. But is a Thank Me Later re-release in the works?