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On Wednesday afternoon, Lil Wayne’s oft delayed, much anticipated album Tha Carter IV leaked to the ‘net less than a week before it was set to hit stores. XXL managed to get our hands on the project (still buying it on Monday), quickly loaded up the iPods and gave it some spins. Here's a handful of things XXL noticed on some of the early listens.

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Tunechi is still ashing in his Grammy Award, like he did in the "We Be Steady Mobbin" video. He spits on "Abortion," "I woke up this morning, dick rock hard/Ashed my blunt in my Grammy Award." This time it's probably with cigars.

megamind

The "MegaMan" beat sounds similar to the Lil Wayne and Drake collaboration "Ransom" (produced by Boi-1da). Also, what's with naming the song after the producer?

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Even though he disses Jay-Z late on the album on "It's Good," Dwayne swagger jacks Shawn earlier on "MegaMan," spitting, "Told the judge didn't budge/It was him or me" from Jiggaman's "Lucky Me." Wane borrowed a different part of that same song and verse on "Mr. Carter" off of Tha Carter III.

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Upon an early listen, it appears that Lil Wayne doesn't appear on two of the songs: "Interlude," which features Tech N9ne and Andre 3000, and "Outro," which features Bun B, Nas, Shyne and Busta Rhymes. A closer listen, though, reveals that "Interlude" and "Outro" are parts two and three of "Intro," which is the album's opener featuring Lil Wayne. Weezy basically dropped a posse cut feature Tech N9ne, Andre 3000, Bun B, Nas, Shyne and Busta rhymes without anyone noticing.

lil wayne and drake

Drake's mentions of Rikers Island (1) outnumber Wayne's (0) on the album. It's almost as if Drizzy is rhyming from his mentor's perspective on the buzz-building "It's Good."

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"Abortion" uses the same beat and hook as 2009's "I Know Your Name," an Alchemist song called "I Know Your Name" featuring President Carter and Travie McCoy.

new producers

Weezy decided to tap into a handful of rather unheralded producers, including Willy Will, Young Frye, and MegaMan. Considering what he said in the July/August issue of XXL ("These niggas' beats been sucking. I'm putting it out there: You producing niggas, what y'all doing?"), it should have come as no surprise that he tested out some new talent.

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Wayne gives another nod to skater culture when he spits about "skinnies and some supras" on "Blunt Blowin."

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At many points during Wednesday, five of Twitter's ten U.S. trending topics were Tha Carter IV-related.