Tha Carter IV is the upcoming ninth studio album by American rapper Lil Wayne. The album was originally intended to be released on May 16, 2011, but had its release date rescheduled several times. The current release date is now set to be on August 29, 2011. Appearances on the album include Cory Gunz, Drake, T-Pain, Tech N9ne, Andre 3000, Rick Ross, John Legend, Jadakiss, Bun B, Nas, Shyne and Busta Rhymes.
The album's lead single, "6 Foot 7 Foot", which features Cory Gunz, was released on December 16, 2010. It peaked at nine on the US Billboard Hot 100 and at two on both the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and US Rap Songs chart, in addition to reaching the top fifty in Canada. The video made premieres on MTV on March 3, 2011 and on BET's 106 & Park on March 4, 2011. The video (directed by Hype Williams) was inspired by the film Inception, and consists of numerous scenes which visualize many of the metaphors and similes Wayne says in the song.
"John", which features Rick Ross was released as the second single on March 24, 2011 nd debuted at twenty-two on the US Hot 100. It also reached nineteen on US R&B charts and twelve on US Rap charts. The official music video was released on VEVO on May 12, 2011. Birdman makes an appearance in the video and is directed by Colin Tilley, director of "Look at Me Now" by Chris Brown.
"How to Love" was released as the third single on May 31, 2011. It has reached a current peak at five on the US Hot 100, becoming Wayne's fourteenth top ten hit and the best performing single from the album. It also peaked at four on US R&B charts and two on US Rap charts, in addition to reaching the top forty in Canada and top fifty in the UK. According to Detail, the song producer, Lil Wayne uses no Auto-Tune on the song. The video is scheduled to release on August, according to Cash Money Records Senior VP of Promotion, Mr. Mel Smith.
The fourth single, "She Will", which features Drake was released on the internet on August 12, 2011. The song previously was to be titled "Maybe She Will", and originally featured a verse from Rick Ross, however it did not make the final cut. The single released on digital download format in the United States on August 16, 2011.