Lil Wayne is gearing up to set a record: He’s aiming to become the hip-hop artist who releases the most albums in a single year.
The Young Money rapper who released four mixtapes in 2003 is planning to put out seven albums in 2015. “We gon’ drop two albums this year, and we gon’ probably drop like seven next year,” Wayne said in a Weezy Wednesdays video posted on his YouTube page.
Wayne made the announcement when offering an update on the status of his anticipated Tha Carter V album that was originally scheduled to come out in May. His decision to deliver multiple albums is based on the volume of music he recorded for Tha Carter V.
“Honestly, the reason why it became two albums is because I went to work on Tha Carter V,” said the rapper, whose last solo studio album, I Am Not a Human Being II, came out in March 2013. “I don’t stop working. Either The Carter V going to be 93 songs, or we going to have to figure this out.”
Wayne would not be the first rap star to unleash more than one album during the course of a year. In 1998, DMX put out his first two sets, It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot and Flesh of My Flesh,Blood of My Blood. In 2004, Nelly offered two albums on the same day, Sweat and Suit. And E-40 released three albums on the same day in 2012, The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 1, 2,and 3, and dropped the sequels on the same day in 2013, The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 4, 5, and 6.
Outside of rap, the Beatles top the list of bands putting out the most albums in one calendar year. All told, record companies in the U.S., United Kingdom, and Canada released 10 albums in 1964 featuring the band’s original music. However, that record comes with an asterisk: most of those releases were repackages of songs recorded for the Beatles’s first four U.K. albums, two each in 1963 and 1964.
Last week, Wayne announced his 31-city Drave vs Wayne tour that kicks off in August.