Album Review: Lil Wayne-The Carter III

The “greatest rapper alive” as he calls himself is back with another banger, Tha Carter III. The more Lil Wayne grows up the more and more you start to realize that he is not so little anymore. Through his music you can watch his growth, from that little boy who was just kicking it with the Hot Boyz to the grown man we hear on his more recent tracks. These are interesting times for Weezy because even though by all accounts Tha Carter II was a critical success as well as a commercial success, it was only with his most recent singleLollipop f/ Static Major R.I.P” that he scored his first ever number one single on the Billboard Hot 100.

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So by now everyone has heard “Lollipop”, you probably have it as your ringtone lol. But on Tha Carter III, Lil Wayne takes his game to another level with a lyrical complexity and depth that has yet to be heard until this new release.

Weezy waste no time in bringing out the heavy hitters, the second track on the album is “Mr. Carter f/Jay-Z”, I mean you can’t come out any harder than that. Everybody has heard about the so called beef between Jay and Wayne over Weezy’s claim that he was the best rapper alive since the best rapper retired back when Jay-Z had retired. There were reports that Jigga took issue with that but listening to that track and more specifically Jay’s verse it seems that not only have they cleared that beef up but it seems that Jay has no problem leaving the game in Wayne’s hands when he does finally decide to hang up his mic, though I don’t think that will be anytime soon.

Then he goes into “A Milli” followed by “Got Money f/T-Pain” and “Comfortable f/Babyface”. “Comfortable” is a different kind of track than you usually hear from him but this collabo featuring Babyface and produced by Kanye is definitely a hot joint. (Kanye produced four tracks off this album, is Kanye the hottest producer in the game or what?)

The album moves along well and then you hit “Tie My Hands f/Robin Thicke”. With Lil Wayne’s sick flows combined with Robin Thicke’s melodic voice you get a very deep and introspective track that really hits home. I won’t give it all away but let’s just say that Wayne does not disappoint. Is it the Carter II, no it’s not but it will keep you jamming none the less.

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