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Fourth Time’s the Charm: Tha Carter IV Review

Whether you love him or hate him, you have to respect Lil Wayne’s hustle. This man has created one of the biggest buzzes in rap history and there’s simply no stopping him. After headlining this year’s massive, “I Am Still Music Tour,” Weezy’s ready. No more waiting. No more push-backs. Tha Carter IV (the fourth installment of “Tha Carter” collection) has arrived. 

Despite an unfortunate leak of the deluxe version last week, he still is pushing through in typical Weezy fashion; and its paying off in a major way. The bar was set incredibly high (with “Tha Carter III” selling “a milli” in a week) but, as expected it took no time for both versions of “TC4” to rise to the top of the iTunes sales charts.

As you probably know already however, I’m not a numbers girl. I’m a music girl and through the fog of mixed reviews and RIAA certification, I try to see the product unhinged by labels. For that reason, as an album, I believe Tha Carter IV is the perfect next chapter in a multi-album story.

Many of the reviews that I’ve read proclaim, “It’s not like the Carter III” or “I like C3 better” but, in my opinion it’s not a matter of comparison. What people don’t realize is that the “Carter” series is something that builds on one another and coincides with where Wayne is in his life, and C4 is reflective of that.

From the opening, “Intro” we are reintroduced to the Weezy we fell in love with: raw, flossy and a rebel. As the album continues however, we meet the man that Wayne has become. With personally infused tracks like “Nightmares of the Bottom”, “Mirror” and “How To Love”, the vulnerability factor is obvious; Lil Wayne is indeed multidimensional.

In one of the tracks, he states, “I see the truth in your lies/ I see nobody by your side/ but I’m with you when you’re all alone/ And you correct me when I’m lookin wrong.” Emotionality that is a direct contrast to the man with the “chopper in the car.”

Now off course there’s the gun toting and money throwing signatures like “Blunt Blowin’”, “MegaMan” and “6 Foot 7 Foot” but, instead of contradicting the other tracks, they compliment the idea that someone can represent more than one thing; not to mention the addition and range of features from Nas to Tech N9ne. The album overall, is a compilation of all things that make Wayne a great artist: the fact that he can appeal to just about anybody.

Indeed, each “Carter” is special for its own reason, so why not just let the fourth one be great on its own?

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