Lil Wayne Readies New Album as Release From Prison Nears

By Michael Preston
|  Wednesday, Sep 22, 2010  |  Updated 2:15 AM PDT
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Rapper Lil Wayne will mark his return to the land of the free by dropping a new record.

The hip-hop star, who was sentenced to a year in Rikers Island last March for attempted criminal possession of a weapon, will release "I Am Not a Human Being" on September 27, reports New York.

The album was originally supposed to be an EP, but is now being promoted as a full-length record that will utilize tracks that were at one time supposed to land on another project, "Tha Carter IV."

Wayne's agent, Cortez Bryant, told SPIN magazine that "Human Being" is coming out now with tracks that might feel dated to the rapper had they been held back for another album.

"I know once he got out [of jail] those songs would be so old to him," Bryant said.

He also said that Wayne has been constantly writing while incarcerated and that  "Tha Carter IV," which is expected to hit the shelves next year, will be filled with all new material.

"He's probably going to start from scratch," Bryant said. "I know how he records - he's in the studio every single day. That's his life."

Fans can expect Wayne to return to his roots on "Human Being": auto-tuned vocals and guest spots from label mates like Drake and Nicki Minaj will dominate the record.

Wayne is set for release on November 5, four months before his term was due to end.

Selected Reading: New York, SPIN, MTV

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