T-Pain releases shelved album with Lil Wayne

19th May 17 | Entertainment News

Hip-hop star T-Pain has followed through on plans to leak his joint album with Lil Wayne, eight years after it was shelved.

Lil Wayne at the Los Angeles Lakers game with his son

The two pals teamed up in 2008 to release a mixtape under the name T-Wayne, and announced their intentions to follow it up with a full studio release.

They recorded a string of tracks for the project, which ended up getting delayed as Wayne was sentenced to a year behind bars for gun charges, before plans for the album's launch fell through completely.

However, T-Pain teased fans about dropping the tunes online earlier this week (begs15May17), and on Thursday (18May17), he followed through by sharing the songs for free on streaming service Soundcloud.

"This ain't for y'all new n**gas," he posted on Twitter. "These the lost files from '09 and I'm tired of em just sittin on my hard drive (sic)."

T-Pain then added the hashtag, "#FreeC5", showing his support for Wayne in his ongoing legal battle with his former mentor and Cash Money Records boss Bryan 'Birdman' Williams over his long-awaited Tha Carter V album.

The Lollipop hitmaker began recording tracks for the disc in 2011, but its official release remains in limbo as Wayne is still locked in a $51 million (£39.6 million) lawsuit against Williams, who has allegedly been withholding money he is owed for the project.

T-Pain's music reveal emerges on the same day Wayne reportedly threatened to sue controversial pharmaceutical mogul Martin Shkreli for leaking songs from Tha Carter V online.

Wayne has yet to comment on the T-Wayne album release.

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