Lil Wayne is a unique rapper. He is one of the few artists that I have known ever since I was a kid and is still relevant to date. When I talk about relevance, I mean a huge fan base. I’m sure everyone saw how Twitter went crazy when it was announced that the long-awaited Carter V was released. I think I was busy listening to my lecturer talking about Environmental Impact Assessments then my phone started blowing up. Everyone was talking about the album that might mark the end of Weezy’s amazing rap career.
To be honest, it took too long to get dropped. I blame Birdman for this. Even if he’s innocent, I don’t like him. Lil Wayne was the only reason why I ever listened to Birdman’s songs. There. I said it. Everyone knows it. Anyway, the album is here and I believe the wait was worth it. I wasn’t a fan of his last record and his overexposure in the music scene from 2012 to 2013. His hiatus from the scene was needed and seeing him bounce back as he never left makes me a happy fan.
What I like
The best part about the whole album is his mom. She is in the art cover of the record and she is definitely part of the whole story being told. In fact, the album begins and ends with her. What I liked most is how they include voice clips of her talking at the end of several songs instead of having interludes. I actually found myself looking forward to hearing what she had to say next.
As for the album itself, it’s what you would expect from any Carter album. It is rich of content, well produced and quite enjoyable. You can say Lil Wayne takes his time to make the best album yet in the Carter series. I, however, hear that some songs are from the original track list before it was delayed for four years. The good thing is that you wouldn’t know which songs are old and which are new. Except for that Dj Mustard song. That song reminds me of his old formula for making hits. You can’t tell me that he made that song recently.
What about Lil Wayne? Well, he is who he is. It’s as if he never left. This time, however, he has some truths to tell his audience. He tells us of his experience ever since the drama with Cash Money Records and even tells us that he tried to commit suicide at one point of his life. That point was actually brought up by his mom in one of the songs telling us she wasn’t sure if he was playing with the gun or not and Wayne confirms that he was actually trying to kill himself in the next song. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you tell a story. By the time you’re done listening to the whole album, you’ll love Lil Wayne even more. I can guarantee it.
One more thing that I love is the features. They all had their time to shine and did an excellent job. It was great hearing Ashanti’s voice once again after a long time, Nicki finally sang properly, Kendrick went nuts, Travis was Travis and XXXTentacion…damn, R.I.P.
What I don’t like
If you have been an avid reader of my reviews, you know how I hate listening to albums with a long track list. Time and time again, I have brought up Migos’ Culture 2 and Drake’s Scorpion as the worst culprits of this. Then we have Tha Carter V. It has 23 songs. Oh dear. For those wondering why it took me long to review this album, that’s why. It’s easy finishing it once but it becomes a challenge listening to it over and over again.
From my multiple replays, I can summarize Tha Carter V as follows:
Track 1-9: Straight Fire Bruv! 🔥
Track 10-21: It’s alright. 🤷♂️
Track 22-23: That ending! 🙌
All I’m trying to say is that the album is stretched past its elastic limit. The good thing is that no song feels out of place. No matter how I try to justify it, the album is long. Period.
If this is Lil Wayne’s last album, I’m satisfied with how he has ended things. He certainly gave his all and you can certainly feel that this is the end of an era for one of the greatest artists of our generation. What a time for us to enjoy his music. It has been a pleasure Lil Wayne. It gets an 8.4/10.