Though he's been behind bars for the past seven months,
Before the rapper began serving a one-year jail sentence in March at
His biggest offering, however, came in the form of a new album. Released digitally on
"For about a month and a half he was in the studio just recording, knowing that he didn't want to disappear," Bryant said. "He wanted his fans to have something while he was in there. He said to me, 'I want people to still feel like I'm here.'"
Earlier this year, it was announced the album would
be released as an EP, but Bryant says the rapper churned out too many
songs, including collaborations with
"He gave me a batch of songs I could pick from. But I had too many songs. I couldn't pick six or seven for an EP, so we did a full-length," Bryant said. "I know when he gets out the (pre-prison) music will probably go to waste. He's going to have other stuff to talk about. It was hard."
The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200
chart, with 110,000 downloads in its first week, while "Right Above
It," the Drake-assisted lead single, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard
Hot Digital Songs chart. The album follows the less-than-stellar
Cash Money Chief Executive
"He put his all into 'Rebirth.' That album was something new for us. He (sold) like 700,000 records," Williams said. "I think it was successful."
Williams added that he thinks fans will appreciate that the rapper doesn't use Auto-Tune — just "raw rap" — on the new album.
"The Auto-Tune got played. He went straight raw, and just goes hard — letting his lyrics speak for themselves. It's a traditional Cash Money sound," he said.
Wayne recently sent his last letter to fans for a
while, as he landed in solitary confinement for a month as punishment
for possessing "music contraband" — headphones and a charger for an MP3
player. With time off for good behavior, he is scheduled to be released
For a limited time, "I Am Not a Human Being" will be
packaged with copies of "Def Jam Rapstar," a karaoke-styled video game
which features rap hits, including Wayne's "A Milli." The special
bundle will be available until
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