Tha Carter V: A critique

After seven years of waiting, Lil Wayne has finally come out with the fifth installment of his Carter projects, dubbing it “Tha Carter V”. The series of albums first started in June 2004 and continued into the fourth project ending in August 2011. Ever since, Lil Wayne has been in legal battles with his label for the rights to release “Tha Carter V,” which gained a massive amount of media attention and talk in the music industry, according to

Over the years, this series of has gone to gross in 8.7 million copies so far. With the release of Tha Carter V on Sept. 28, fans all over were more than excited to see what it had to offer after such an anticipated wait. After listening to the entire album more than multiple times, I can say I’m glad I waited.

The tracklist consists of 23 songs with four features from big name artists Travis Scott, Nicki Minaj, Nivea, and xxxtentacion, who died earlier this year. Although the album doesn’t have a lot of guest features, I think Lil Wayne’s raw talent picks up anything the album is lacking.

The first three tracks on the album were definitely meant to be there, as they do a lot to start off the album with some energy. The xxxtentacion feature in the leadoff track “Don’t Cry” serves more as background vocals more than anything. However, it still gives a lot of emotion to a song that was already empowering with Lil Wayne’s slow but steady flow throughout the song.

“Dedicate” is also an honorable mention at song number three with Wayne not holding back from throwing as much word play and delicate verses as he can at his audience. Lines like “Billion dollar smile, I sell myself short if I grin, I’m bargaining then” fit Lil Wayne’s style perfectly with how he’s able to mesh words together to make funny and thoughtful pieces of work.

Tracks four to 14 were a lot slower song beats that cater to Lil Wayne speeding them up with some of his lyrics. “Let it Fly” featuring Travis Scott was no disappointment with high energy flows and a steady beat. Not to mention songs like “Can’t Be Broken” and “Open Letter” do a lot to prove to me that Lil Wayne can still hold his own and isn’t reliant on features.

The rest of the album seemed to be a little bit of filler with hints of solid beats like the songs “Used To” and “Let it All Work Out”. Although there wasn’t anything crazy special about these tracks, that’s not saying Lil Wayne was lackluster until the end of the album. Especially since “Tha Carter V” had a record tying 22 (out of 23) songs on the album making it on Billboard's Hot 100.

Overall, Lil Wayne didn’t fight for seven years for this album to be released. The first half of the project is outstanding and does nothing but show how even at 36, Lil Wayne still has his place in modern music and will go down as one of the best of our time. While the rest of the album is nowhere near bad, it just gives more of the Wayne people were missing out on all of these years.


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