Lil Wayne – Carter V Review
After six years Lil Wayne gives us finally Tha Carter V as promised. The project starts with a lengthy statement from Jacida Carter, Wayne’s mother. Carter V immediately gets to ‘Don’t Cry’ with help on the feature from XXXtentacion, with a surprise outro featuring a Barack Obama soundbite shouting out Weezy & Lebron. Uproar opens with the signature sound of Swiss Beatz’s production where Wayne raps with a familiar non stop punchline energy in cadence with the one note synth line in the track.
Gone are the days of the “if one of us fights we all fight” mentality of rap beef years ago. After the Pusha T/Drake beef, Kanye enlists Drake as a writer on his latest project Ye, as well as Travis Scott appearing on Tha Carter V as a feature on the trippy Let It Fly. Wayne shows his rap skill of cleverly maintaining the same rhyme scheme over seemingly endless verses. On Can’t Be Broken the super emotional sped up vocal hook would have been clutch with an Eminem feature, especially after the success of the his surprise Kamikaze release.
The instrumental to Dark Side of The Moon is an interesting sound bed for feature from Nicki Minaj, who also owes most of her career to Wayne. The album is a lengthy 23 tracks, very long in comparison to the shorter EP style of today. Mona Lisa is the last of the features for a while with Kendrick and Weezy spit rapid fire bars and Kendrick delivers an interesting performance mid verse before catching the beat and picking up where he left off. The next surprising feature is Famous which features Wayne’ own daughter Reginae Carter singing the chorus. Mannie Fresh produced Start This Shit Off Right with Ashanti and Mack Maine making appearances. The last track Let It All Work Out features clean sample sample of Sampha’s Indecision.
The album was overall very familiar, and reminds you of a Ll Wayne mixtape more than a part of Tha Carter series. Some of the tracks seemed unfinished, and Wayne could have trimmed the fat in some places on the project. It had bars all throughout it and some enjoyable tracks, but there was nothing stand out about the project. It sounds like what have heard from Wayne before, but that’s the curse of being the best rapper alive when there’s nothing new under the sun.