Lil’ Wayne – Tha Carter IV (2011)


Question: Hype or Real

The Carter IV was one of the most anticipated albums of the year/ summer of 2011, but due to either a lack of quality material or just sheer laziness, Weezy didn’t bring the fans anything worthwhile.  He brought out “Sorry for The Wait”, which for those of you who didn’t rush out to download it was a free mixtape of recycled beats from other artists.  So in short, nothing original other than the lyrics.

On a more positive note, I’ve always found Wayne be one of the more lyrically creative writers of our generation.  He brings something to the industry that has a unique quality to it.  A little fun fact is that he claims to no longer write down his material, that it’s all free style when he goes into the studio.  This sounds almost impossible, but if it’s true, then more power to him for it. 

A lot of people go off of what other people have to say about music, for instance, a few friends of mine mentioned that this was one of the best albums of the year. So naturally, I had to check it out and I can officially say that I’m a little disappointed.  His lyrics were weak this go round to be honest and left something to be desired. I can say that the beats weren’t terrible but there were only a few standout tracks that I’d say are worth “getting”. 

One thing that I did notice was that he attempted to mix a few artists who you wouldn’t normally see collaborating together.  You’ve got John Legend, who will produce that smooth, sensual, sultry sound quality on any song.  You’ve the usual duo of Rick Ross and Drake.  One that I found unusual was Jadakiss, who was great in his prime, which was way back in the 90’s. Hint, the 90’s. Sometimes things are better left where you found them. Tech N9ne has an interesting style of rap that is pleasant to the ears and unusual. The last collabo comes with Bruno Mars, which is a nice change of pace on an album such as this.

By far the most noteworthy song on the album is “She Will” and it features none other than Drizzy Drake, the kid wonder. You know anything that he touches is more than likely going to be gold, simply because no one can remove themselves far enough off his dick to say if it’s crap or not. Honestly though, Drake is talented, probably more than Wayne in my opinion. 

Other songs on the track list that you should keep an eye out for is “How to Hate” featuring T-Pain, “Abortion”, and “So Special” featuring John Legend. I say listen to these and you’ve heard the whole album, plain and simple. 

End Result = Hype

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One thought on “Lil’ Wayne – Tha Carter IV (2011)

  1. Couldn’t agree more. Especially now, I can’t even listen to I Am Not A Human Being II….he’s lost it. Sucks, but it’s time for the new era (Cole, Kendrick, KRIT) to take over the game.

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