REVIEW: Lil Wayne – Tha Carter IV
Lil Wayne has dropped the fourth volume of Tha Carter series since his release from prison 10 months ago. With all of the hype and his recent mixtape “Sorry 4 the Wait” this album is one of the most anticipated of 2011. Tha Carter IV is filled to the brim with one liners of pussy, money, killing… the typical stuff you would expect from a Lil Wayne album.
The album starts out with the usual punch lines in “Intro”, “Blunt Blowin” and “Megaman” that listeners have been hearing in his projects since 2005. “She Will” featuring Drake is about women who will jump on the dick and do a full split for the money and fame. T-Pain and Weezy sing the blues about women and heartbreak in “How to Hate”. “Interlude” with Tech N9ne and Andre 3000 is definitely a rescuing lifeline for the album, especially since Wayne isn’t on the song at all. On “Abortion” Lil Wayne gives listeners even more punch lines by spitting, “Down on the ceiling looking up at the bed/ Life is a gamble, better check the point spread/ And when life sucks I just enjoy the head/ I’m so sick of these niggas I need meds.”
“So Special” with John Legend on the hook is another song with Lil Wayne rapping about sex. One of the best songs on Tha Carter IV would have to be “President Carter” with voice samples of President Jimmy Carter saying his last name throughout the chorus. Of course there’s “6’7” featuring Cory Gunz, “John” featuring Rick Ross and “How to Love” that are all being played out on the radio right now.
This album shows Wayne being way too lethargic when it comes to making any music that is meritable. He never stays on the subject due to his punch lines which causes him to him to rap about the same thing in almost every song. From the title, one would think that “Nightmares of the Bottom” would be a song about his fears of losing the top spot. Instead Lil Wayne veers off course with multiple references about sex and the “F” in his name. Even though Weezy has bars the punch lines get boring after listening to them for over an hour. Tha Carter IV gets a Grimm Score of 2.5 out of 5.