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Lil’ Wayne- Tha Carter IV

September 3, 2011

Micro Album Review


Released August 29, 2011 (Young Money/Cash Money/Universal)

Wayne is much more focused as a rapper on his ninth studio album, but his focus is still greeted with limitations. There’s no denying Wayne’s wit and creativity with his quotable punch-lines and bizarre analogies, but often he isn’t saying much. Lil’ Wayne falls back on his thuggery and street-cred the same way that Kanye and Jay fall back on their ostentation on Watch The Throne; both crutches cheapen the quality of the artists’ music. It’s evident that he’s at a place in his career where he feels comfortable and is content with not trying to prove he’s the best rapper in the game. On bonus track “Two Shots” he raps “I could probably do better, but probably’s like never.” Interpret that line however you please, but if it is applied to his rap career, one could say that he’s quite complacent. Present on the fourth Carter installment is the Wayne that hip-hoppers fell in love with, heard on standout tracks “President Carter” and “6 Foot 7 Foot” The production ranges from mediocre to phenomenal, giving the ‘meh’ songs more replay value. Hash-tag rapping stands on it last leg on the Carter IV; it becomes more and more evident that it’s a lazy approach to rapping that doesn’t have much longevity. Wayne’s attempt at pop with “How To Love” is also questionable, coming off as trendy and gimmicky. There isn’t much evolution from The Carter III, but nevertheless Lil’ Wayne does a decent job of proving why he isn’t going anywhere.

“6 Foot 7 Foot (feat. Cory Gunz)” ~ “Nightmares of the Bottom” ~ “Abortion” ~ “President Carter” ~ “Mirror (feat. Bruno Mars)”

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