Lil Wayne had himself quite a 2007. Hate him or love him, the rapper was everywhere last year. Now, he’s hoping to make 2008 just as good or even better. Recently, Wayne spoke on The Carter III, potential singles, new features, his new nickname, and a woman he admires.

“The Carter III is coming in 2008. I don’t want to give no months, no date,” he told MTV. “I got a gang of singles [on Carter III]. [It’s] produced by my homeboy Diesel. He’s also a Young Money affiliate. He’s down with us. He’s a producer/singer/engineer. He does it all. I have my artist featured on the song. Her name is Chanell. We already have a remix featuring Brisco and Lil’ Boosie.”

The “Showtime” video has already been done.

“We’re gonna get Gil Green or Benny [Boom] to direct. I really don’t know. They’re all my brothers. The concept is really ‘Showtime,’ just performance. Me and my artist Chanell gonna play a lot with the video. It’s gonna be very animated but straight to the point. Colorful. Y’all [should be looking] to be entertained.”

Producers such as Timbaland, David Banner, Mannie Fresh, Cool & Dre, Just Blaze and others have beats for the LP. Wayne even added production.

“Me and my homeboy Diesel, we got a Kanye West track and added some drums to it…I don’t know what songs [the record company] picked. I just know the intros and the single.”

“Call me by a new name: ‘Featuring Lil Wayne,’ “ he said, noting that his various guest appearances will continue to grow as they did last year. Recently, he’s finished up work with Rick Ross and he’s currently writing for Dr. Dre. There’s one star he still wants to work with.  

“I have never done nothing with Mariah Carey, and I would like to, because I love older women. . . .I’m attracted to older women. It’s my thing. Mariah Carey, she might need a dude like me. I do my thing.”