Rap powerhouse Lil Wayne will drop his latest album, Tha Carter IV at midnight on Monday, August 29th, after the MTV Video Music Awards.
Wayne, who is performing at the VMAs will make the album available digitally on iTunes, Amazon, and other legal MP3 download sites. The CD will be in stores on Monday morning.
“I am extremely excited to be the first artist to utilize such an amazing idea. I hope that I can open the door for others,” Lil Wayne said in a press statement, according to MTV news.
Sunday night will be big for Wayne as he is nominated for Best Hip-Hop Video and Best Collaboration at the VMAs, and will perform at the award show, all before releasing his album.
“The MTV Video Music Awards are one of the most watched and respected shows in the industry,” Ronald “Slim” Williams, CEO of Cash Money Records, said in a statement, reports MTV news. “Wayne is one of the most respected and prolific artists in the industry. By pairing the release of Tha Carter IV with the VMAs, it will certainly add to the overall anticipation and excitement for fans everywhere for what will surely be an unforgettable evening.”
The new album features artists such as Drake, T-Pain, Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes and many more.
Lil Wayne is currently overcoming a head injury he got while skateboarding in St. Louis, but appeared in high spirits on Twitter when he said:
“The Lou was good but I busted my … head at the sk8park! 9stitches! Gnarly gash over my left eye! Luv the people.”
His performance is sure to be energetic as usual, despite the injury.
The VMAs will air on MTV at 9 p.m. ET/PT on August 28th. The pre-show, hosted by Selena Gomez, begins at 8.