Lil Wayne
Tha Carter


3.5
great

Review

by Mungo USER (8 Reviews)
September 15th, 2008 | 60 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A good album with great beats and much improved rhymes from Lil Wayne.

The first of Tha Carter trilogy, Lil Wayne in the past was arguably the gimmick rapper of Cash Money Record's super group The Hot Boys. He was the youngest member and was looked at by millions as a kid rapper with average mic skills. But on this album, he shows improvement in not only his rhymes, but the structure of his music all together.

Back then Cash Money only relied on one producer to grace the mcs with music that will not only move the crowd, but also keep them heads nodding. Mannie Fresh is a fine choice to choose when you're looking for a street banger and Lil Wayne used him for all of his abilities. This is where the album shines most, with fine production with a variety of flavors to show Lil Wayne's personality.

The first track is the usual intro just to get things moving but does show promise with Lil Wayne's rhymes and will give people a sign of relief for worrying if they wasted their hard earned money on an old Lil Wayne album. Things really get started with "Go DJ," probably Lil Wayne's first song to get attention from a more massive audience because of the great beat, the cool chorus, and the sense of humor that Lil Wayne shows on the song. It's not a sale out single like Lil Wayne's later work but that's not to say it's a bad thing.

The album continues with more average songs but stellar production cuts like "I Miss My Dawgs," "On My Own," and the kinda corny but irresistible "Tha Heat." The next song should be heard by EVERYBODY who even remotely like Hip Hop and the name is "Cash Money Millionaire." The title of the song might sound cliché but when you start to play it, the first thing that comes to mind is the awesome beat that Mannie Fresh has crafted because it has a futuristic feel to it and makes "A Milli" look like a cheap fraud when compared. Lil Wayne may talk about the same ol same ol on the song like women, cars, and drugs but it some how blends right with the slow beat that has a cool trumpet sequence in between.

The rest of the album is standard at best but never lags on production. This album should be remembered because this is the album where Lil Wayne was showing improvement in his raps. You can tell that he is growing up because instead of just bragging the whole time about what he has, he puts in a sense of humor and mixes it with fine production from Mannie Fresh. If you don't like Lil Wayne but love Mannie Fresh's production, this album shows great promise.

I'd also like to point out that this is the last album that Lil Wayne and Mannie Fresh worked on. It would be cool to hear another song from the two together just because of Weezy's obvious improvement when it comes to rapping.



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rasputin
September 15th 2008


14555 Comments


stomp the mungols

dub sean
September 15th 2008


980 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

one of the few weez records I don't have, but I will definitely check it out.

francesfarmer
September 15th 2008


1477 Comments


B.M.J.R., Bring It Back, I Miss My Dawgs, Get Down and Walk In/Walk Out are all classics.

kattunlover69
September 15th 2008


1194 Comments


heard a ranfdom track from this album from my friends ipod, weezy killed it, i still gotta pick up carter 1 and 3

Platonism
September 15th 2008


168 Comments


Weezy is wearing down on me, he's really annoying to me now. I'm still a fan of Da Drought 3, but I can't see myself getting this. Good review nonetheless.

Jawaharal
September 15th 2008


1832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Walk In and Out are so great.

MonorailCat
November 28th 2008


118 Comments


i loved the review. im gonna check this out

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
November 18th 2009


15080 Comments


hoes has such an awesome beat

hydeyomoney
November 19th 2009


934 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Mannie Fresh was an amazing producer, but at times he went on his own way when MC's wrote lackluster rhymes, like Lil Wayne and Juvenile on "Respect Us" on Wayne's first album. Fresh rules, gonna have to dig from the Cash Money vault and pick up some good ones.

joesmoe4000
April 21st 2010


371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

hands down the best wayne studio album and the best of the carters!

MUNGOLOID
May 10th 2010


4350 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

idk about that joe but it does have the best production out of all three.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
July 24th 2010


15080 Comments


hoes is soooooo goooooood. that fuckin beat

crowing51
January 17th 2011


3463 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is his only album that is good imo. To bad he went to shit right after.

qwe3
January 17th 2011


21369 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

are you serious. tha carter II is basically this but everythings better, the beats, the lyrics and the flow.

and tha carter III is better than everything

crowing51
January 17th 2011


3463 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I liked the carter II but this was better. I'm sorry but the carter 3 was just bad. I liked his mixtape but as of albums this is his best imo.

qwe3
January 17th 2011


21369 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i dont understand when people like the first 2 carters and dont like 3. its got better rapping than anything hes done and it's more varied

crowing51
January 17th 2011


3463 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well I actually don't like the 2nd nowhere as good. I just can't stand the 3rd one. The beats are just bad and his voice is soo fucking annoying and his lyrical substance was just gone not completely but metaphor wise like half the shit he is saying is straight dumb. Rebirth was exactly the same but worse, I think the only good song was the one with Eminem and his verse was better than waynes lol.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
January 17th 2011


15080 Comments


hoes has the best beat ever

qwe3
January 20th 2011


21369 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The beats are just bad and his voice is soo fucking annoying and his lyrical substance was just gone not completely but metaphor wise like half the shit he is saying is straight dumb.


let the beat build, a milli, dr carter, shoot me down, tie my hands are pretty much examples of his best lyrics ever. he raps about more things.

Rebirth was exactly the same but worse


lolwut
no it wasn't. they're completely different.

qwe3
January 23rd 2011


21369 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

just gonna reiterate how retarded crowing's comment was

it was so fucking retarded

k done



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