2010 was the year that we could no longer say, “Hip Hop is dead”. We were introduced to hot new artist and dope albums from Hip Hop heavy weights. Now its 2011 and the trend continues. We get one of the most anticipated rap albums in the past few years, Watch The Throne, and all rolled a blunt with Wiz Khalifa for his major label debut, Rolling Papers. Now everyone one is waiting for Tha Carter IV.
I’d admit that I was scared boots to press play on Tha Carter IV; I’m still celebrating Watch The Throne, what if I’m disappointed? The album leaked one week early and the slander was alive and very real. #ThingsBetterThanThaCarter4 trended on Twitter for days LOL. F it, press play.
The album begins with Lil Wayne straight flowing… no hook, no chorus just Lil Wayne and a beat provided by Willy Will. Definitely not the struggle I was expecting… I’m ready for more. “Megaman” “Nightmares of the Bottom” and “Its Good” tend to follow the format of all flows, no hooks. Lil Wayne really enjoys hearing himself flow, or he is too lazy to put together an actual song. Hopefully it’s not the later. I will say, however, “Nightmares of the Bottom” doesn’t need a hook. It’s one of those songs where you just want to hear what he has to say without any detraction, we even get a rare glimpse of vulnerability from Dwayne here:
Sleepin’ at the top, nightmares of the bottom
Everybody wanna be fly til you swat ‘em
But who am I to talk? I ain’t shittin’ roses
We in the same picture but we all got different poses
I’m a “Blunt blowin/Polo draws showin/I don’t give a lovely motherfuck ass nigga.” I’m not mad at “Blunt Blowing” AT ALL!!! DJ run this joint after “Gang Bang” by Wiz Khalifa, and we’ve got a party ladies and gents. It’s most definitely a stand out track, for me. Also among my favorites are “President Carter”, the John Legend assisted “So Special” and the return of T-Wayne on “How to Hate”. Whatever happen to T-Wayne the super group? Are they on Detox status? How Dreadful. Moving on, “ How To Hate” is a man’s perspective of an unsuccessful relationship. “She use to always say fuck my niggas, and when I went to jail she fucked my niggas” is sure to be the top bar tweeted over in black Twitter life. “How to Love” is the woman’s point of view when a relationship goes bad. Good idea to provide both sides of the story, Wayne.
Andre 3000? How did you sneak in here? “Today, I feel electric gray, I hope tomorrow neon black/I tell a nigga all those flows are borrowed, it’s the phar-oh, Three Stacks”. There is just this unexplainable emotion that comes over us whenever we get a verse from 3 stacks:
You get my drift? Good.
“It’s Good”, which features Jadakiss and Drake, had the Internets going nuts one week ago. “Talkin ’bout baby money? I got your baby money Kidnap your bitch, get that ‘how much you love your lady’ money,” Eeeeekkk why does King B have to be kidnapped, Wayne? Are you sure you want those problems with all the queens in America? The Jigga Man will be the least of worries; the gays will not rest until they find King B, and when they do, you and your jeggings will have hell to pay. Although Wayne spewed one of the best slugs on a song, he followed up with one of the worst rap lines ever, “I’m a grown ass blood, stop playing with me.” Oh. Ok. Anything that precedes that line is null and void.
What best way to end an album than to have monstrous flows from the man that taught you how to rap (Bun B), two of the greatest (Nas and Bust Rhymes), and… well…. (Shyne)? The Deluxe album also includes four bonus tracks, but why mention them when the “Outro” was so great, well, minus Shyne?
Overall, on a scale of Struggle to Royal, or 1 to 10, Tha Carter IV receives a Really Good 7. That’s considering Tha Carter catalogue; Tha Carter I was very good. Tha Carter II is my favorite Lil Wayne album to date, pure dopeness. I’d give it a 9. Tha Carter III is the ugly cousin in the family. It is my opinion that Tha Carter IV is a much more solid album than III but not nearly as great as II.
Bottom line is Tha Carter IV is worth the coins and black Twitter knows NOTHING.
What are your thoughts on Tha Carter IV?