23 Songs, 1 Hour 27 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Maybe more than any other rapper in history, Lil Wayne’s output is defined by franchises. An artist should be so lucky to sustain the kind of longevity that would allow for multi-volume phases the likes of Wayne’s Dedication, and Da Drought mixtapes, let alone the series that made him into a superstar, Tha Carter. Though Wayne was not without projects in between, some seven years were allowed to pass between the release of the fourth and fifth installments of the lattermost. Fortunately, Wayne has rewarded his fans’ patience with 23 tracks that speak to a number of his most storied eras.

“Mixtape Weezy,” as Jay-Z famously coined, is alive and well on songs like the Swizz Beatz-produced “Uproar,” Wayne blacking out over a reinterpretation of G-Dep’s 2001 hit “Special Delivery.” The nostalgia doesn’t stop (or peak) there, as Wayne and Snoop Dogg share space over a flip of Dr. Dre’s “Xxplosive” on “Dope N*ggaz,” while Mannie Fresh revisits the Cash Money golden-era bounce of Juvenile’s “Ghetto Children” for “Start This Shit Off Right.” There are nods to the experimental Wayne of the I Am Not A Human Being projects (“Don’t Cry,” “Mess”) and also the rapper’s under-heralded pop wizardry (“Famous,” which features his daughter Reginae as hook singer), and even a love song built on a gospel sample, “Dope New Gospel.” In all, Tha Carter V is an album for anyone who’s missed Wayne—no matter which Wayne they’d missed.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Maybe more than any other rapper in history, Lil Wayne’s output is defined by franchises. An artist should be so lucky to sustain the kind of longevity that would allow for multi-volume phases the likes of Wayne’s Dedication, and Da Drought mixtapes, let alone the series that made him into a superstar, Tha Carter. Though Wayne was not without projects in between, some seven years were allowed to pass between the release of the fourth and fifth installments of the lattermost. Fortunately, Wayne has rewarded his fans’ patience with 23 tracks that speak to a number of his most storied eras.

“Mixtape Weezy,” as Jay-Z famously coined, is alive and well on songs like the Swizz Beatz-produced “Uproar,” Wayne blacking out over a reinterpretation of G-Dep’s 2001 hit “Special Delivery.” The nostalgia doesn’t stop (or peak) there, as Wayne and Snoop Dogg share space over a flip of Dr. Dre’s “Xxplosive” on “Dope N*ggaz,” while Mannie Fresh revisits the Cash Money golden-era bounce of Juvenile’s “Ghetto Children” for “Start This Shit Off Right.” There are nods to the experimental Wayne of the I Am Not A Human Being projects (“Don’t Cry,” “Mess”) and also the rapper’s under-heralded pop wizardry (“Famous,” which features his daughter Reginae as hook singer), and even a love song built on a gospel sample, “Dope New Gospel.” In all, Tha Carter V is an album for anyone who’s missed Wayne—no matter which Wayne they’d missed.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
TITLE TIME

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
3.8K Ratings
3.8K Ratings
>••••••< ,

worth the wait !

Five Martyrs ,

Honest Opinion

The Carter V is one of the worst albums I have ever listened to. The synopsis of the whole album is about criticizing women, materialist things, drugs, etc. We get it you want to "portray" yourself as a criminal. How about rapping about things that could be seen as motivational or give awareness to societal/international issues? I really cannot understand how people can listen to this music it clearly lacks artistry and intellect. In my opinion, there were only three solid albums to release so far which was Lupe Fiasco, The Carters, and maybe Nas (ruined because Kanye's production). Whether it's Lil Wayne, Drake (every album sounds the same as So Far Gone), Yachty, etc... I have come to the realization that people in America are becoming more and more brain dead by the day. So if you're gullible and most are, I look forward to seeing you play the victim on your local news channel.

Muser11 ,

Over hyped

Wasn’t impressed. Felt like he did in 3 days. Eminem Kamikaze still the best RAP album of the year.

More By Lil Wayne