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Lil Wayne “Tha Carter IV” OUT NOW!!
After a year in Jail Lil Wayne’s has released his 9th studio album entitled Tha Carter IV. After a long wait, and some controversy, Tha Carter IV is out and features “How to Love”, “6 foot 7 foot” featuring Cory Gunz, and the controversial track “Its Good” featuring Jadakiss and Drake. The album stacks up to other releases of the year and is arguably this years top selling hip-hop album. For your convenience I broke down the whole album track by track frame by frame.
Tha Carter IV review
Intro– Beat is dope, Wayne rapping his same ole braggadocios rap, same cadence and similes. Its comical and but not wack. But to be honest most rappers have strayed away from the “intro” track, which gives an album direction. Overall 31/2
Blunt Blowin– track is ok. Not too impressed. Beat is simple nothing imaginative. He’s rapping as if he’s an underdog turned millionaire, which is a good idea for a new artist but Lil Wayne has been in the game over 10 years so the content doesn’t fit him. Overall- 21/2
Megaman– is cool, a lot of energy. Beat has an “A Milli” feel heavy kick, then solo snares. Almost like an off and on effect. Though the song has a lot of energy (I would call it “6 foot 7 foot on that purple drank”) his content is nill. Great song for the gym, or right before a fight. Overall 3.
6 foot 7 foot feat Cory Gunz– this is pure dopeness, even after so long this song still goes hard. Touted as “A Milli” on steroids when it was 1st released, this tracks is full of energy and definitely sounds like he’s happy to be out of jail. Only down fall is having Cory Gunz on the song. It feels as if he doesn’t belong though the young rapper is talented his flow just doesn’t quite fit the energy and animation this song carries. Overall 4
Nightmares Of The Bottom– this song is the reason why Lil Wayne is considered one of the best. My personal favorite because anytime an artist can reach deep down and find the uncut real and put it into words for others to relate to is pure magic. This song is all content, a personal story of his current life, ups, downs, and all. Overall 41/2
She Will feat Drake– average at best, this song is the reason why his fans love him. Just when you think he’s got formula down pact this song is released, it’s slated to be a banger but its empty, nothing to grab on to. The beat is good but this song isn’t any different from the next. Wayne’s ability to be consistently inconsistent is what keeps him fresh and always relevant. Overall 2.
How to Hate– its feels like a T-pain song that Wayne made his own. Track is cool. Content is real, not lyrical randomness. This is dedicated to the scorned and bitter folks. This is a perfect song for people drunk reminiscing about their ex. Not bad. Overall 3.
Interlude– Tech N9NE and Andre 3000 sounded amazing. Vintage hip-hop. Overall 31/2
John feat Rick Ross– the beat is crazy; Wayne and Ross bring a lot of energy but again its empty. This is what I call Ignant-rap. Putting words together that sound good but do not make sense together. “I’m not a star, somebody lied, I got a chopper in the car, I got a chopper in the car” what? But in the gym or at a club drunk, this song BANGS! Overall 3.
Abortion– I thought we were done with Auto-tune I guess Wayne didn’t get the memo. Beat is cool, has a band feel. Not sure if its an actual band playing but it sure sounds like one. This song has a rocky feel to it, an anthem for those at the bottom. Content is good, flow is good nice album cut. Overall 21/2.
So Special– nice intro to the song, John Legend doing his usual harmonizing. John Legend brings a different element but Wayne follow his lead, because John Legend represents “music” in the traditional sense the beat is also musically inclined. Not just something done on fruity loops, but actual instruments performed. Overall 3.
How to Love– again this is why Lil Wayne is a special artist, his versatility keeps other artist afraid to keep up. You can’t envision Ross, Jay-Z, Eminem or NaS doing something similar. But at the same time a lot of fans put all 4 in the same hip-hop discussions. I’m sure Drake had something to do with this song either internally or externally through his influence. Overall 41/2
President Carter– excerpts from an old presidential swear in (president Jimmy Carter) starts off the track. Beat is cool. Lyrics are ok nothing we are not already used to. Seem like there’s more content in the song but when you really dissect it its half empty. He’s saying something but its not all the way there almost like Luther Vandross curls. Overall 2
Its Good– oh boy when you here this track you will love it. Jadakiss the veteran lyrically verified this song. Drake follows and doesn’t disappoint. Drake brings a lot of energy almost like he got out jail (imagine that). Now Lil Wayne also goes in but just like fish grease he was HOT! His content didn’t really mean much till he said “talk about baby money, I got your baby money, kidnapped your b*tch kick that how much you love your lady money” his response to what he felt was said to him by Jay-Z on H.A.M “I’m like really half a billi n*gga really you got baby money, keep it real with n*ggas, n*ggas aint got my lady money”. No response from Jay-Z yet but stay tuned. Overall 5
Outro– Bun B starts off the song, and let me tell you HE NICE. Next up is the great NaS, and I haven’t heard the whole song but its safe to say he probably has the best verse, but who is really surprised? Ok let’s move one, Shyne doesn’t sound like Shyne, Shyne on here sounds like Wayne lost a bet some time ago not bad but not necessary. Busta Rhymes is just being Busta. Flow fast then back to slow. Overall 4
I like the view (bonus track)- average, Lil Wayne sounds lazy. Probably recorded this late night after 5 joints and 3 cups of that stuff. Beat is decent. Sounds like something that didn’t make 500 Degreez. Overall 2
Mirror (bonus track)- sounds good, Bruno Mars sounds great on the hook. I wish Wayne took the song to another level; he’s too monotone almost as if he was forced to make the song. It lacks emotion. But the hook carries the song for that I give it an Overall 3.
Two Shots (Bonus track)- average song. But not too average that is brings the other song’s market value down. Lacks energy but I guess that’s what the tracks calls for. Overall 2.
1st week sales projections 550k-750k.