Lil Wayne – Tha Carter V
Artist: Lil’ Wayne
Sub-Genres: #Gangsterrap, #Consciousrap
Label: Young Money Records
Non-Airable Tracks: All
Description: New Orleans based Lil Wayne WEEZY F is back with the fifth entry in Tha Carter album series. Sheer poetic lyricism through and through; his ability to rhyme off the top of his head has returned.
After our introductory heartfelt monologue from Jacida Carter to her son, Lil Wayne, “Don’t Cry” fires off on all fronts from start to finish. With the commanding vocal presence heard in the introduction, Weezy has made it very clear that he is back with his final solo addition as Tha Carter V.
As we continue, “Dedicate” reminds us why Lil Wayne is who he is, and will remain seen as one of the fathers of this current generation of rap. Backed by solid flow that feels like a blissful rollercoaster, Lil Wayne provides an energy level that is felt throughout the song due to his ability to bring you up and then gradually back down with sharp hitting lyricism.
By track number eight, “Mona Lisa”, our guide has now introduced us to what Hip-Hop heaven might feel like with Weezy as the star attraction. Wow, this track hits hard in all the right ways and makes you want to shout at the top of your lungs: “Ah nah son, ah nah he didn’t. Oh yes he did!”
As we approach nearly the halfway mark, Track 11, “Famous”, both through the piano-driven back beat and how revealing Weezy’s lyrics are, is his most confessional track to date. Most notably when he sings: “Oh god, I must be famous.”
A totally unexpected surprise is to be had when listening to track 13, Dope N****z – for Weezy not only samples Dr. Dre’s iconic hit (featuring Snoop Dogg) from the 1990s “Xplosive” – Tha DoggFather himself, Snoop D-O-G-G gets on the mic to lay down a few lines that are true to his smooth as ice vocal infliction.
Track 15, “Took His Time” – starts out with the line: “God took his time when he made me” – that draws you right in and allows you to nod your head and vibe with what he is saying. I give this track five stars for its flow that is as flawless sounding as one of those hip-hop hits of the 90s and will make you say: “This song is bumping” – after you play it.
On track 16, “Open Safe”, we hear a beat that sounds similar to the vast majority of what you hear from the hip-hop genre now a days – simple rhythms, yet extremely hyped-sounding from start to finish. A clapping can be heard throughout as well.
Track 18, “Demon” – has a fast delivery style on this track marries well with with Weezy drawing a connection between demons and the mind.
Track 22, “Used 2” – is one of the hardest hitting Weezy tracks to date. It is all in the syncopated beat combined with rapid rhyming from Weezy.
It seems as if Tha Carter V is everything the fans have been waiting and asking for. If there’s anything that can be said about this album, is that Weezy’s flame cannot be extinguished even in the midst of the newest waves of music.
Sounds Like: Hip-Hop hits of the 90s, vast majority of what you hear from the hip-hop genre now a days.
2. Don’t Cry (feat. XXXTENTACION) (4:09)
3. Dedicate (3:10)
8. Mona Lisa (feat. Kendrick Lamar) (5:24)
11. Famous (feat. Reginae Carter) (4:02)
13. Dope Niggaz (feat. Snoop Dogg) (3:26)
15. Took His Time (4:22)
16. Open Safe (3:44)
18. Demon (3:34)
22. Used 2 (4:00)
Reviewer’s Name: Jon S. Rice
Date of Review: 10/9/18