Tha Carter III CD
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'The dude is the hottest rapper'' reads Kanye West's homage to Lil Wayne (AKA Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr) on the album sleeve of the 25 year-old's fourth solo studio album, Tha Carter 3. It's a grand statement, even by the college dropout's standards, but of course the grandeur of 'hottest' doesn't always have positive connotations. Wayne is one of the world's best selling hip hop artists, and Tha Carter 3 looks set to rack up platinum sales, but Mr West is somewhat overselling the former Hot Boys founding member, who shot to fame with his guest appearance on Destiny Child's Soldier.
Signed to Universal, New Orleans-born Wayne has attracted the creme-de-la-creme of the hip hop and R&B fraternity to the album, including Jay Z, Busta Rhymes and Betty Wright. Legendary producer Babyface swaps the production desk for the mic on the refreshingly soulful Comfortable, which is sprinkled with West's production mastery, an ingredient which proves to be the cornerstone of a mature, sophisticated hip hop-soul sound throughout. The Clapton-esque, bluesy Tie My Hands featuring Robin Thicke is a political standout making reference to Hurricane Katrina, and the summery anthem Mrs Officer featuring Bobby Valentino is reminiscent of Mark Ronson's Ooh Wee.
West continues the soul flavours on Let The Beat Build which pales into nothing more than a demo compared to the soulful heights reached with Common on Be.
Variety is the spice of life, but this is where the problem lies with Tha Carter 3; there is too much of it, resulting in a nothing more than an average singles collection. Mr Carter is a prime example, with Jigga running through the motions on a tired and over-glitzy offering. But with Lollipop and Got Money (featuring T-Pain), Wayne succeeds by sticking to the winning formula of the club banger.
Sampling Nina Simone's Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood on Dontgetit, Wayne's delivery and debate of the American prison system evokes memories of 2 Pac. But on Tha Carter 3's evidence, the prodigy has a long journey before he can be spoken of in the same vein as one of hip hop's unrivalled godfathers and a true 'hot rapper'. --David Aaron
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Top Customer Reviews
and the babyface featured 'Comfortable' can be deemed as a cheeky response to Beyonce's irreplacable. Mr Carter with Jay Z is a very good track with Lil Wayne displaying his word play again and the on form Jay Z does not dissapoint either. Some tracks are your usual hip hop tracks with no real substance or meaning but in an album with eighteen tracks and no skits, it's to be expected. All in all, in these days of repititive albums by people like 50cent, this is a welcome addition to the hip hop genre. Not a classic, but a damn good album
"So how are you going to make us richer?" the powerful white man asks, aroused now as he notices a bullet scar on the left side of the young black man's neck.
"Well, I want my lyrics to inspire kids to stay clear of guns, drugs and violen..."
The next day, the same powerful, rich white man is smoking his cigar. Another young black man enters the building. Awkwardly dressed in a suit, the rich white man offers a less-than-enthusiastic handshake. The young black man seems uneasy with the gesture, but eventually unfolds his arms and reaches out his left hand. The rich white man surveys the black man, noting with dismay a lack of scars. He asks the same question as they both sit down.
"So how are you going to make us richer?"
The young black man thinks for awhile, before answering:
"Well, I want to rap about bitches and killing niggas and shi..."
"I'll have you on MTV this afternoon."
The sad fact is, record company execs do not want to distribute to the mainstream audience hip-hop that is thought-provoking and intelligent, free of violence, doused with hope. Those artists that do convey such a message are relegated to smaller labels or merely recieve limited exposure.Read more ›
The air is warm and good. The canopy of new leaves above my
head is reassuringly fresh and green and the young rabbits are all looking plump and playful....
....but in the cool depths of Wolf Cave a darker spirit stirs.
Mrs Wolf has the hump again !
Perhaps spurred on by the fine weather her TIDY hormones
have once again gone into overdrive and today is a BLUE
pinafore day ! A day to be truly fearful !
She has been nagging me to get rid of my record
collection (around 7000 discs) for years.
"....you've got nearly everything duplicated in CD format,
I just don't understand why you're keeping them. They're just
gathering dust. We'd have room for a new fridge-freezer if it
wasn't for them."
I'm laying low and hoping that her mood will pass.
Reginald Squirrel dropped by for coffee earlier bringing with
him the new album by Lil Wayne 'Tha Carter III'.
He has the slightly overinflated belief that he has
single-handedly introduced the creatures of our woodland
community to hip hop.
He has taken to wearing extremely baggy jeans and a baseball cap,
has adopted a number of somewhat irritating hand movements and
occasionally calls me "Brutha" when emphasing particularly arcane
details in his latest musical enthusiasms.
His excitement about Mr Carter jnr's latest release is, in this
particular instance, entirely justified.
16 tracks and an additional weblink is a whole lotta music and my
attention has not wavered for an instant through four back-to-back
listenings so-far.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Classic Rapper. My brother recommended this album and I must say it's dench!.. If you like the greats, such as Biggy, 2pac and eminem.. you'll like thisPublished on 26 Mar. 2014 by Richard Moxon