Lil Wayne has been piquing fans' interest about the upcoming release of his next solo album, Tha Carter V, and now the cover artwork has been revealed by none other than L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant. Bryant tweeted the message, "Carter V season begins #carterV," along with a photo of the red and white album cover (seen at right). Lil Wayne then confirmed any doubts about its authenticity by re-tweeting the message. Tha Carter V is set for release sometime in May, although the exact date is not confirmed.
Weezy has previously said in interviews that this will be his final solo album. Last month he told MTV News: "I personally plan on this being my final solo album, and it's definitely the final Carter album. It's stopping at five." Weezy added that he will still treat fans to guest features and other collaborations, such as "whenever I have to pitch in for a Young Money album, a Like Father, Like Son album and something like that... and maybe something out the blue."