Lil Wayne
Tha Carter IV


1.5
very poor

Review

by knottsknocks USER (12 Reviews)
October 17th, 2011 | 16 replies | 2,840 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A disappointing release that could use a general theme, better production and more effort.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Tha Carter IV was one of the most anticipated hip-hop albums of the year, and can also be labeled as one of the most disappointing. Wayne's ridiculousness and ignorance about the concept of maturing as an artist was already apparent with the release of Rebirth, but Tha Carter IV still attempts to scratch its fingernails on multiple genres, failing each and every time.

IV is not completely terrible. It has great moments that really do a great job of showcasing Wayne's still considerable talents. First of all, the writing is for the most part tolerable, but some lines prove that Wayne's detractors are correct.

"Jumped on the celly, called Makaveli/He say he was gravy, I say I was jelly"

"Cause she my honey bee, yeah, buzz buzz/And now I’m itching and scratching, that’s that love bug."

“Don’t fuck with Wayne, cuz when it Wayne’s it pours”

"All about my riches, my name should be Richard..."

"I beat the beat up, call it self defense, swear man/ I be seeing through theses niggas like sequins..."

"To my niggas in the game, keep the game fair/Players play, coaches coach and cheerleaders cheer..."

Every other track seems to be riddled with problems, whether it be with bad production, delivery, unnecessary guest spots, or uninspired writing. When fans had to be patient after what seemed like months of setbacks, they shouldn't be given filler masquerading as quality material. After Wayne's eight month sentence, it would be assumed that he had time to write real and substantial classics. What else would he do with his time?

Although its scattered across the tracklist, there is some quality production to be found here. "MegaMan" is created entirely from samples of the video game. "6 Foot 7 Foot" contains an extremely cleverly used sample from Harry Belefonte's "Day-O (Banana Boat)". John is a remixed space styled version of "I'm Not a Star" the intro track of Rick Ross' Teflon Don. However, "Intro", "Interlude" and "Outro" use the exact beat, and it is really uninteresting. Seriously, the beat isn't anything special, so why use it on three tracks? "Blunt Blowin'" "She Will" and "Abortion" are similarly lazy. It's as if Wayne was obligated to use certain pieces of production in a track on this album, and had to build his lyrics and flow as an afterthought.

The collaborations save nothing. Andre 3000, Nas, Tech9ne and Drake, are, as to be expected, wasted potential. Wayne doesn't even bother to make himself stand out, he's more content with other people doing his work. Unfortunately, these artists are aware they're on a Lil' Wayne album and might as well just have phoned in their raps while doing their taxes. That's how bored they sound.

The main problem with this album is a complete lack of consistency. Sometimes Wayne sounds hungry as he has ever been, while at other times he sounds bored and lazy. Some tracks are meant for the rap fans, some are meant for the pop fans, and some are meant for the rock fans. If Tha Carter IV had stuck to a single unifying theme or feel, everything would have been much more focused and all the better for it. The closest thing to any kind of unification here is the Intro beat, which appears at the beginning, middle and end.

Despite great moments, this is an average release that disappoints Lil' Wayne fans. Those who predicted it would be revolutionary will be surprised to find out it isn't even evolutionary.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
North0House2
October 18th 2011



5851 Comments


I can already tell that I'd dislike this review due to the fact that it's just a really basic track-by-track... I mean, really, a sentence for each track? Try to develop a bit more on your thoughts about the album.

Digging: Amen Dunes - Love

RosaParks
October 18th 2011



14863 Comments


Amazing review

Ire
October 18th 2011



41754 Comments


i'm really surprised there are only 2 reviews for this

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 18th 2011



31097 Comments


A track by track for a hip hop album

Track 4 - there's beats and people start talking fast

Digging: Banks - Goddess

FruityCatOfDoom
October 18th 2011



2084 Comments


Dont do track by tracks. Terrible review man. But then again does this piece of shit album deserve a good review?

Zorak
October 18th 2011



3191 Comments


This is one of the most sloppiest, thrown-together-at-the-last-minute reviews I have ever seen. Try not to be so brief. It's a album review, not a summary.

knottsknocks
October 18th 2011



21 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Thanks for the feedback, guys. This is my first review and I just wanted to get my thoughts and opinions out about Tha Carter IV, but I will develop it a lot more and give all of your comments consideration.

Zorak
October 18th 2011



3191 Comments


keep writing man. You have some great ideas here.

defjaw83
October 18th 2011



1766 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"when it waynes it pours" is a slice of genius imo

Killerhit
October 18th 2011



5249 Comments


This review is G

NeutralThunder12
October 18th 2011



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

LOL WHEN IT WAYNES IT POURSSSS lol

i dont understand why people even bother analyzing this guys work anymore whats the point

Zorak
October 18th 2011



3191 Comments


i spun the carter 2 yesterday and he used to be so much better

knottsknocks
October 19th 2011



21 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I changed this review from track-by-track summaries to more general thoughts about the album as a whole.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 19th 2011



31097 Comments


Lol at your recommended section, think outside of the box a little

Zorak
October 19th 2011



3191 Comments


Much better man. Have a pos.

knottsknocks
October 19th 2011



21 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I changed up the recommended section a bit. Thanks Deviant.



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