Lil Wayne
Tha Carter III


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mungo USER (8 Reviews)
February 10th, 2009 | 25 replies | 5,687 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A mixture of all of the elements that represent Lil Wayne at his best.

2 of 3 thought this review was well written

It's release day and I'm feeling pretty anticipated for Tha Carter III. I step inside Best Buy and see that the album is set at a descent price so I grab it with N.E.R.D.'s new album. I go up to the register to make my purchase and while I do this, I am in wonder of what beholds with my first listen of Tha Carter III. Will it be the classic that Lil Wayne proclaims? Does it stand the test of time as a stand out cut of 2008 and will live on in the history of Hip Hop as a classic like Illmatic and Ready To Die? Well I've come to the conclusion that hyping up an album is not always the best selling strategy.

We start off with a pretty good track titled "3peat" which shows off Weezy's freestyle skills. I'll admit that some of the punch lines are pretty stale like the Viagra metaphor but overall it's not the worst jump off for an album receiving as much praise as Tha Carter III. The album continues on with the track "Mr. Carter" featuring Jay-Z that ends up being one of the more disappointing tracks. The beat is decent but it doesn't sound like Lil Wayne put any effort into his verses which is a bummer considering the fact that Jay-Z is on it.

"A Milli" starts to blast once "Mr. Carter" is complete which starts to pick things up. The track is a monster and shows Lil Wayne at his finest with a slowed down syrupy beat. I won't go on with the track because everyone including your mom has heard it so much that even a Lil Wayne hater can spit the song word for word. I don't want to give out much detail of the worst track of the whole damn album "Got Money" but I will say that if you heard one song obsessing over money with no creativity, you heard them all.

The rest of the songs on the album are top notch except for the average "Lollipop." The production of the album as a whole is mellow and slow throughout and shows Lil Wayne at his weirdest, horniest, and overall hilarious. He can be a serious dude when it comes to certain topics most notably with Katrina. To show compassion on the terrible events, Weezy drops one of his most emotional songs "Tie My Hands" featuring a very teary eyed Robin Thicke.

Lil Wayne has proven to be not only to be one of the best acts in music, but has also brought just flat out fun tunes to the public. He can be as lyrical as he wants to be on tracks like "Dr. Carter" which is a creative concept that points out how to better oneself as an emcee from the words of Lil Wayne. “Lollipop” is admittedly, a pretty catchy track but is full of clichés that have no meaning.

The guest appearances on this album are your typical rappers and singers. Bobby Valentino does his sirens on “Mrs. Officer” while Babyface repeats himself on the repetitive but catchy “Comfortable.” Some of the best songs on the album though are the posse cuts “La La” and “You Ain’t Got Nuthin’.” They feature solid verses and surprising improvement by everyone except Busta Rhymes. Sorry Busta but your verse is so wack that it sounds like you combined words together in a hope of sounding on par with Wayne.

While this isn't the best album ever made, it is a fun listen that wields its fair share of great songs and catchy random lyrics.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
PanasonicYouth
February 11th 2009



7411 Comments


I step inside Best Buy and see that the album is set at a descent price

Should be decent.

scyther
February 11th 2009



1606 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I really liked Busta's verse on LaLa. Nothin On Me is the best track.

ninjuice
February 11th 2009



6761 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Too bad the album didn't turn out decent.
Review is pretty meh overall.

gaslightanthem
February 11th 2009



5209 Comments


album is pretty great tbh

bastard
February 11th 2009



3435 Comments


great album, decent review, glad this album got a 4 star review.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2009



8318 Comments


I think that Lil Wayne is way too overrated. There are soooo much better rappers than him out there.

bastard
February 11th 2009



3435 Comments


if you are talking about the general public, i'd a agree. But if you are talking about sputnik, no, this website underrates wayne. i mean they give him a 2.9 out of 5 rating average. That's an average of some horrific album like The Crusade or Blooddrunk. This album is midly well-constructed and extremely hooky and catchy, plus Wayne's rhyme style is very appealing to me. I'd agree, there are better rappers, but Wayne's style almost makes up for it.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2009



8318 Comments


Just for the record, yes I was talking about the general public. I have nothing against Wayne (I think), but it's just that he really is not that good. Can't really say much about the songs on here, because i don't really listen to hip-hop very much, only a little, but 1 thing I know is that Lollipop is terrible. I guess that the other stuff isn't that bad though

poweroftheweez
February 11th 2009



1290 Comments


too bad he looks like a retard. pretty good review.

Phantom
February 11th 2009



8930 Comments


Too bad he is a retard and 100% overrated.

bastard
February 11th 2009



3435 Comments


gud one mayng

fiht the mainstream

Phantom
February 11th 2009



8930 Comments


Not really. I like quite a few mainstream rap/hip-hop artists, I just don't like what Wayne does at all.This Message Edited On 02.11.09

gaslightanthem
February 11th 2009



5209 Comments


wait i said something about this before, let me see if i can find it

ah yes

i tend to think of lil wayne as one of those artists who tends to get overrated by a lot of people but also severely underrated by another demographic with not many people seeing that he is pretty solid. nothing particularly amazing but an enjoyable listen and you know you'll always have fun listening to his work


Phantom
February 11th 2009



8930 Comments


I'm a cop.

gaslightanthem
February 11th 2009



5209 Comments


okay then. wat r u doin on here then. r u catchin child predators?


Phantom
February 11th 2009



8930 Comments


Yes.

ECRbubs
February 13th 2009



687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is a good review for an incredibly awesome album. I think I might give this a 4.5 review if ever I get to it.

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
February 13th 2009



8318 Comments


Ok I have no problem with people liking lil wayne, but when looking at this guys rapping skills and his songs, this is no way in hell a 4.5. I have nothing against him, but he really is overrated.

Bron-Yr-Aur
February 13th 2009



4405 Comments


you said that already faggot

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
February 13th 2009



8318 Comments


yes I know, I guess i'm just bored, fagggggot:DThis Message Edited On 02.13.09



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