With new plans of a June release, New Orleans, Louisiana emcee Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV is among the most anticipated Hip Hop albums of 2011. The Cash Money Records veteran's ninth studio album will be his first since returning last year from a felony prison bid, during which he released I Am Not A Human Being.
According to New York Magazine, the cover art for Tha Carter IV will feature a child Dwayne Carter, Jr. in a strikingly similar pose to his multi-platinum 2008 release Tha Carter III. The image is pictured to the right. Other albums featuring likenesses or archival images of young emcees include Nas' 1994 debut Illmatic and Notorious B.I.G.'s debut from the same year, Ready To Die.
Tha Carter IV will include production from Bangladesh ("6'7" "), and is expected to feature appearances from Drake, Cory Gunz and Nicki Minaj, among others.