Album Review of Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter V”

Bennett Abeson, Staff Writer

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Lil Wayne finally released his 12th studio album, Tha Carter V, Friday, Sept. 28. The album has been long awaited, as it was announced all the way back in 2014. The reason this album was delayed for so long was due to legal issues with his label. There was a misunderstanding with Wayne’s contract which prevented Wayne from releasing his own music. This is why the only music we got from Wayne in the last four years was only when he was featured with other artists. In June of 2018, Wayne was finally released of his contract with Cash Money Records. He proceeded to announce Tha Carter V just three months later.

The album contains a track list of 23 songs. There are a few notable features within the tracklist, but perhaps the most noticeable is the late XXXTENTACION on the second track, “Don’t Cry”. Other features include Travis Scott on “Let it Fly”, Nicki Minaj on “Dark Side of the Moon”, Kendrick Lamar on “Mona Lisa” and Snoop Dogg on “Dope N*gg*s”.

From a musical standpoint, the album is extremely similar to other Lil Wayne albums. Rather than a concise story, it has a little bit of everything. This is partly because of the contract issues and the time it took to release this project, but also just because it’s his style. He has extremely lyrical storytelling songs like “Mona Lisa”, trap banger songs like “Uproar” and slower sad songs like “Don’t Cry”.

Lil Wayne is not commonly referred to as an intelligent man, but the lyrics in this album are extremely good. The storytelling in certain songs really put you into his mind, and you understand the situations he’s in. One lyric that stood out to me is in the last track, “Let it All Work Out”. He says “I found my mommas pistol where she always hide it-I cry, put it to my head and thought about it-Nobody was home to stop me, so I called my auntie-Hung up, then put the gun to my heart and pondered-Too much was on my conscience to be smart about it-Too torn about it, I aim where my heart was pounding-I shot up, and woke up with blood all around me.” Wayne describes the time he shot himself when he was just 12 years old. The lyrics detail his time with his thoughts in a way that still works well for the song.

The sound and production are right where they need to be for this album. Some people are turned away by the sound of Wayne’s nasally voice, but that wasn’t his fault when creating the album. Most of the songs sound good, except for one that stood out to me. At the beginning of the Wayne verse in the song “Let It Fly”, he rhymes the word line and the word mind back and forth for about 15 bars. Personally, I think the verse sounds lazy and kind of annoying, but luckily this problem doesn’t occur often within the album.

Overall, the album doesn’t disappoint. For die-hard Wayne fans, it offers an amazing journey of nostalgia, as he hasn’t released an album for five years. It also uses new school features to rope in new listeners. The sound and production are right where they need to be for the songs that they encompass. “Tha Carter V” will be a welcome addition into the legendary “Tha Carter” series.

 

Rating–

Flow- 7/10

Sound- 7/10

Lyrics- 9.5/10

Production- 7/10

Total- 7.625/10

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