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LIL WAYNE

THE RAPPER PROMISES HIS NEW ALBUM FUNERAL IS NOT THE DEATH OF HIS MUSIC CAREER, BUT SOME INNOVATIVE BEATS DO BECOME COLLATERAL DAMAGE

By Marcus Jones

You’re known for marathon recording sessions. How do you know when you have an album? / I’ve never entered the studio and said, “I’m entering the studio, and this is the project we’re working on.” The only time I do that is for a Carter album. My world stops when we’re recording, like, Tha Carter VI. Other than that, whatever comes out that night came out that night. But then, the Funeral idea came along, and…it made me go into the studio with [the mentality of] “No, I’m going in here with Funeral on my mind.” Whether I banged out a whole album that night or not, [Young Money president Mack Maine] knows that it was all for Funeral, so it’s nothing but just a whole collage of things for him to pick at the end of the day.

How many songs do you estimate you recorded for this album? / The last time I looked…it said 72 files. The picking goes to Mack and I. Mack knows what everyone is listening to and [what] everyone likes.

/ That was due to me being a fan. I used to watch a channel when I was young called the Box [that] would have videos to the side of the screen with a number by them you can call and just order that

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