By Chris Washington
Edited by Amikka Smith
LIL’ WAYNE – THA CARTER IV
I’m NOT sure if I’m mad at myself for this…but, I actually like Tha Carter IV (THERE I said it). I will also say I STILL don’t get him but, unlike the first three in “Tha Carter” series, I can actually understand most of what he’s saying and the beats are varied enough to let me enjoy what’s going on. Maybe I’m evolving or, maybe Wayne is evolving but, that is a debate for another blog. And, let me clear this out the way now, there are only a couple of really good club cuts and head-bangers. Overall, if you want to get your groove on while you drive Tha Carter IV is for you, which, of course makes it perfect for the LOUNGE.
Single- 6 Foot 7 Foot
The single 6 Foot 7 Foot we all know about its catchy hook…it’s a showstopper to say the least. But what gets my turntables going are the filler songs. The Intro, Interlude and Outro are not only dynamite for the production value. But, the guest verses from Tech N9n3, Bun B, Nas, Shyne and Busta Rhymes…whew, it’s definitely worth the price of admission.
Best of the Rest…
President Carter actually has Weezy waxing poetry…I know it caught me off guard too. So, there u go…evolving.
Megaman gives us Lil’ Wayne with some nice alliteration aka, word play over a down south beat.
Nightmares Of The Bottom is a catchy piano beat with Weezy F Baby pretty much rapping his mind (doesn’t he always)
Abortion is a rollicking beat and Wayne does his best to keep it loose (this will sound real good with a live band and/or as a Rock remix…trust me on this)
John featuring Rick Ross is a decent spin if not spectacular.
The song I hate, is How To Hate featuring T-Pain…ugh! The auto- tune voice needs to stop NOW!
Final Thought – 4.25 spins.. It’s NOT a perfect CD. There are a couple of eh songs, but, it most certainly is next level Weezy.