While he may be engulfed in a legal battle with Cash Money, Lil Wayne claims he has the ability to drop his long-awaited studio album Tha Carter V whenever he wants. In a new interview with Q93’s Wild Wayne, the New Orleans rapper made it clear that he has the power over when C5 sees release, but he's not about to let it go until a few things are settled.

"Honestly, I can do what I want at any time," he revealed. "The fans deserve it to be right and that’s how it’s gonna be. I’ma make sure it’s right. I can drop whatever I want to drop. That’s why I keep dropping whatever I want to drop." It's true that Wayne has continued to release music since his legal battle with Birdman began, sharing both free and stream-only releases like Free Weezy Album, Sorry 4 The Wait 2 and No Ceilings 2, as well as continuing to appear as a featured artist -- most notably on his semi-collaborative project with 2 ChainzColleGrove. However, Carter V will not be released in such a fashion, even though Wayne maintains that it could.

"I'm not gonna give them Carter V the wrong way," he said. Though he did not specify, it seems that Wayne wants to get through the legal process with Cash Money so he can put the proper emphasis on the album, which he has previously described as his last LP. One thing's for sure, it's definitely complete. Both Wayne and Lil Twist are said to have copies of the finished product on their phones, while pharma bro Martin Shkreli claims to have obtained a copy as well

Outside of CV, Wayne previously announced that both Dedication 6 and a project titled Funeral would see release in the future. Whether that will be before or after the final Carter installment is anyone's guess. 

Wayne most recently appeared on Ty Dolla $ign's single "Love You Better." In July, he released In Tune We Trust, a 4-song EP which included a remix of Playboi Carti's popular single "Magnolia."