This is a must buy for all true Weezy fans, and one of the top hip hop releases of 2011.
Many would argue that Lil Wayne's creative peak spanned from Tha Carter II
's 2005 release, to the 2008 release of Tha Carter III
, with multiple mixtapes and features along the way.
This may be true to an extent - he was unmatched in quality output in that time. But Lil Wayne's grown and not been afraid to experiment, make side steps and work with new artists whilst building the Young Money brand.
Since Tha Carter III we've seen 2 free mixtapes (the excellent No Ceilings
, and the more recent Sorry 4 the Wait), and 2 solo studio albums (Rebirth
and I Am Not A Human Being
) - plus the collab album with Cash Money & Lil Wayne Present We Are Young Money
It goes without saying Tha Carter IV is loooong awaited. The fire and proclamations of "best rapper alive" or even "martian" aren't as strong here. But that's not to say this isn't a great collection of tracks.
The album isn't as consistent as past Carter releases, but there are some outstanding tracks, and more than enough for real Wayne fans - and those just discovering him. Carter III may well be his magnus opus, but there's hope here that Wayne will continuing making great hip hop well into the future.
Stands out tracks:
- How to Love
- 6 Foot 7 Foot
- President Carter
- Interlude (Tech N9ne and Andre 3000 - not Wayne)
- It's Good
- She Will
The Deluxe version wasn't released at the same time in the UK. But even then it's not got all the tracks released on different versions. The iTunes Deluxe release also has the decent extra track 'Up Up and Away'. In the US retailer Target has a Deluxe version with another 2 tracks: 'Novacane' a quality track with Kevin Rudolf (that should have made the standard version), and 'I Got Some Money On Me' featuring Baby/Birdman.
So buy this version... and download the bonus tracks from iTunes!