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Our Review of Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV

25 Aug

Now that what seems to be the true version of Tha Carter IV has leaked all over the internet, it seems appropriate to discuss it.  Everybody and their mother has the album at this point, although I know that man of you are waiting to purchase it on the 29th.  Perhaps after reading this you’ll have a better idea of what to expect. 

First, to address all of the haters who have taken to social media to share their negative opinions on the album before it has even been released: it’s a very good album. Does it have as many classics as C3? Probably not.  However, the album consists mostly of back-t0-back-t0-back solid tracks.  

I don’t think this is Wayne’s best work in terms of lyricism or even production, but as a whole the album comes together nicely.  The features might be what takes it over the top.  “She Will”, which features Drake, and “Mirror” (Bruno Mars) are two of the slower songs on the album but they are both killer tracks.  The songs you’ve already heard (John, How To Love, 6 Foot 7 Foot, and possibly Abortion) at first seem to be a cut above the rest of the new tunes.  However, a second time through, “It’s Good” and “Megaman” started to stand out on their own.  

The album seems to be set up in groups of tunes.  If you haven’t heard it yet, you’ll see what I mean when you start going through it.  “How To Hate” and “How To Love” are cool when juxtaposed.  “Blunt Blowin,” “MegaMan” and “6 Foot 7 Foot” have a braggadocios sound reminiscent of “A Milli” or “I’m Me” from C3.

The “Intro” and “Outro” are not throwaway tracks.  They both bang…very, very hard.  Don’t ignore them.

I can say for sure that this album doesn’t have the back-to-back classic feel that Carter 3 had. It feels to me like it’s harder to pick up on the lyrics in this album and stick them in your brain, but I can’t decide if that’s because they’re more complicated or less catchy.  

Here’s the bottom line: Tha Carter 4 is what you’d normally expect from Wayne.  The lyrics are twisted with metaphors and similes that will make you think.  Others will have you smirking, reminding you of how clever the man behind the microphone is.  Buy the album if you already have the leak. It’s more than good enough to support with your dollar(s). 

“Tunechi you a murderer, boy you just be chillin shit, yeah you know that money talk, I am the ventriloquist/Tranquilizer in the trunk, put your ass to sleep, man, Birdman Jr. got the world in my wingspan.”

Megaman (Track 3)

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Why Wiz Khalifa Sold Out with “Rolling Papers”

31 Mar

Let me preface this by saying that I really like Wiz, and that his first few releases were beyond great. “The Thrill” is still one of my favorite songs to date. Unfortunately, with “Rolling Papers,” I feel like he has completely sold out.

Let’s take one of the least “fruity pebble pop garbage” tracks  — “On My Level” as an example (above).  No more than 8 seconds ever goes by without him mentioning weed, alcohol, or money.  Obviously, you can’t escape those themes in rap because after all, rap culture (or at least the forced perception of it) is based around those things.  In “On My Level,” the first verse is about weed, alcohol, and money…and so is the second…and the third…as is the chorus…and the featured verse by Too Short.  It’s just really fucking boring.  What happened to writing about something with some substance? The lyrics feel forced, and if you watch the video (which we can’t post because of ridiculous label/Youtube restrictions), you’ll see that it looks forced too.

Nothing on this album even compares to “This Plane” or “The Thrill,” “Take Away” or “In The Cut.” Those are good songs with high production value (but not bubble gum pop crap) and for the most part, interesting lyrics.

“When I’m Gone” is probably my favorite song on the new album, with “The Race” coming in at a close second.  The issue is — the whole album is commercialized pop-rap.  If that’s what you’re looking for — you’re going to like “Rolling Papers.” Otherwise, not so much.  When “Fly Solo” came on, I literally thought my iTunes had switched to Jason Mraz.

Even though it’s expected to sell more than 200,000 copies in its first week, I just really don’t think it’s that good.  It’s second only to Britney’s new album anyway, so that’s not saying much.  The album feels forced and it doesn’t really represent Wiz.  Where’s the Khalifa that released Cabin Fever just a handful of weeks ago? Please come back, we miss you.

My recommendation: Download “When I’m Gone,” “The Race” and “Black and Yellow” (if you don’t already have it) and skip the rest of the album.  Wait for the next mixtape.

Maybe you feel the same way…or you completely disagree.  Let us know in the comments.

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