Lil Wayne "Tha Carter IV" Review — 5 out of 5 stars
Thu, 01 Sep 2011 15:33:15
"Got the world in my wingspan," Lil Wayne declares on "MegaMan" from Tha Carter IV.
Weezy's not playing around. With how intricate, infectious, and incendiary his flows on Tha Carter IV are, he deserves the world, and he's about to take it over again.
In the summer of 2008, Lil Wayne flipped hip-hop and pop culture upside down with Tha Carter III. It's been a long, crazy three years since then, but the one thing that hasn't changed is Lil Wayne's status as the world's greatest living rapper. Where Tha Carter III thrived on wildly weird production mixed with hazy hooks, Tha Carter IV lays back on the beats and takes flight on Weezy's airtight delivery.
"MegaMan" is the perfect example. Creepy synths resemble the Psycho theme as Wayne rips through one vicious verse after another. His trademark sense of humor stays intact. Take quips like "Shoot that motherfucker till I get arthritis" and "All my bitches nasty like a cold dinner". The one thing that's far from cold is his voice. Weezy raps even faster as he practically races the synths to the finish line. At the same time, he entrances with each and every phrase, wielding a fire that few can cop to.
An orchestral swell starts "Intro" as Wayne announces, "It's been a while man." The production drops into animated instrumentation as his Wayne drops in references to "drive-bys", "walk-ups", Helen Keller, Rudy Huxtable, and Hercules. It all fits though, and Wayne's lyrical alchemy remains unparalleled in the game. He can connect the strangest most disparate elements like Quentin Tarantino got behind the mic.
"Blunt Blowin" and "6 Foot 7 Foot" roll with the intensity of a death march as Wayne still blasts off some of his best refrains yet. "Nightmares of the Bottom" sheds some light onto Weezy's more intimate fears after a bright piano intro and flick of a lighter. "Interlude" gives Tech N9ne the space to shine, engaging a lyrical air-raid that carpet bombs at light speed. Giving Tech the spotlight alongside OutKast's André 3000, Tha Carter IV brilliantly nods to the underground, giving important props to the place where all great rappers initially rise from. On the epic finale, "Outro", Nas, Bun B, Shyne, and Busta Rhymes close out this rap roller coaster with a final bang.
Weezy's got the world right now. However, the universe will be his once we get Tha Carter V. This is the hip-hop and music event of 2011. Take flight with Lil Wayne.
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