Lil Wayne’s highly anticipated 13th solo studio album, Funeral, has debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Chart.
Released via Young Money Records/Republic Records, Funeral marks Wayne’s 5th No. 1 album on the U.S. Billboard 200 Chart, joining Tha Carter V (2018), Tha Carter IV (2011), I Am Not a Human Being (2010) and Tha Carter III (2008).
Funeral follows the massive success of Lil Wayne’s long-awaited album Tha Carter V, which debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 with the second-largest streaming week for an album of all time. Hailed by critics and fans alike, Pitchfork noted, “The long-delayed album captures Wayne how we want to remember him: openhearted, word-drunk, and exhilarated by the possibilities of his own versatility”.
The new album contains 24 tracks, as well as star-studded features from Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Lil Baby, The-Dream, XXXTentacion, Jay Rock, Takeoff, Adam Levine, O.T. Genasis and Lil Twist. As a tribute to Kobe Bryant, the 8th track, ‘Bing James,’ ends with a 24-second moment of silence.
To realise Funeral, Weezy also enlisted a number of A-list producers including Wayne’s old collaborator Mannie Fresh, Mike WiLL Made-It, STREETRUNNER, Jahlil Beats, Ben Billions, Murda Beatz, Cool & Dre and more.
Following the album’s release, Wayne shocked audiences when he performed Lenny Kravitz’s ‘Are You Gonna Go My Way’ as a robot on the season premiere of The Masked Singer, which aired following the Super Bowl. Wayne also stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to deliver a high-energy performance of ‘Dreams’, as well as participate in a hilarious game of Virtual Reality Pictionary alongside Claire Danes, Lana Candor and Fallon himself.
This past year saw Wayne team up with blink-182 for a massive co-headlining tour across North America. Following the tour, the rapper connected with Blink drummer Travis Barker and Rick Ross on the collaborative single ‘Gimme Brain’, for Barker’s new label, DTA Records.
Funeral is out now and can be bought here.