Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV to be released In April

Tha Carter IV, the followup to 2008’s massively successful Tha Carter III, is scheduled for an April release. Though we can expect plenty of high-profile cameos on the upcoming LP, one big name will be conspicuously absent: R&B crooner and recovering pariah Chris Brown. Weezy tells Rolling Stone that he “cannot have Chris Brown rapping on Tha Carter IV.” But it has nothing to do with Brown’s bad press; rather, Wayne worries that “many rappers would be like, ‘I can’t get on Tha Carter IV, but this ni**a put Chris Brown on that bitch? Rapping?” (Via Rap-Up)

But hey, if you couldn’t score on a cameo on the album, maybe you could earn a slot on the tour! Today, Lil Wayne announced a 24-date I Am Music II tour that will also feature Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, and Blink-182 drummer (and one-time reality TV star) Travis Barker. Hopefully, we can expect some surprise cameos as well; after all, Weezy made an unannounced appearance at Drake’s Vegas show back in November, so maybe Drake will thank him later with a cameo of his own.

Let’s just hope that Lil Wayne’s Twitter feed is back up and running by then–his account is still suspended following last week’s hack.