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Lil Wayne offers apology for album delay with mixtape 'Sorry 4 the Wait'

July 13, 2011 | 12:23 pm

Lil_wayne Lil Wayne's hugely anticipated "Tha Carter IV" has had more push-backs than we dare to count, and the rapper apparently knows his fans are both frustrated and eagerly awaiting the disc.

To tide them over, and apologize for his tardiness, Wizzy released a new mixtape Wednesday.

"Sorry 4 the Wait" is a 12-track pre-gamer that shows the rapper both spitting his typical boastful rhymes and apologizing more than once for the delay.

Though nothing here reinvents the wheel, the title track borrows from Adele's smash "Rolling in the Deep" and is worth a listen alone -- so if you aren't exhausted from hearing the track every two minutes (no offense, Adele), check out Wayne's freestyle over the rollicking beat.

"I know I promised a whole lot of dates, but I'm sorry for the wait," he says over the final track, a thank you to the tune of Beyoncé's "Run the World (Girls)." "I know y'all have been patiently waiting. I hope my apology is accepted, just as much as my music is."

Wayne has been notoriously tight-lipped about the disc, his first full-length since being released after an eight-month prison stint at Rikers Island. His ninth album was originally slated for release in the spring, then pushed back to June 21 and is now set for release Aug. 29. He offered Pop & Hiss only a rather cryptic teaser when asked about it.

“Just know that I have a pleasant surprise. A very pleasant surprise for this album when it comes out,” Wayne said earlier this year. “I’m only doing this for the fans. Which I do every … thing for.”

Download the mixtape for free here, but be forewarned, it contains many expletives.


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