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Tha Carter IV
Tha Carter IV
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars President Carter, 2 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Tha Carter IV (Audio CD)
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!


I Am Not A Human Being
I Am Not A Human Being
Price: £6.49

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Free Weezy, 18 Oct. 2010
This review is from: I Am Not A Human Being (Audio CD)
Lil Wayne is one of the most prolific rappers of the past 5 years, and whether you're a fan or not, his influence on the game can't be underestimated. Even though he's been in jail for most of 2010, over the past year Wayne has released the No Ceilings mixtape, Rebirth, We Are Young Money, and now I Am Not A Human Being. And that's without all the collaborations he's featured on (Eminem's No Love is a classic), and the countless videos he filmed in the run up to his jail time.

This is for the fans.

If you weren't a fan of the rockier Rebirth album, then check out I Am Not A Human Being. Although the title track could easily have slotted in on that album, there's some absolute hip hop gold from Weezy on here. It's a grower no doubt, so don't be surprised if it takes a few listens to feel every track.

Obviously this is all music Wayne recorded before he went to jail in early 2010, and some versions of the tracks have been around in different forms. Including the track 'Single' which also appears on his amazing No Ceilings mixtape.

It's a tight album, with many collaborations from his Young Money army (Drake, Nicki Minaj, Gudda Gudda, Lil' Twist etc). The opener is a real banger, and there's a good mix of hard beats, great verses, bar songs and slower songs. While perhaps it doesn't have the depth of the Carter albums, it's a great album that will definitely please his fans.

I loved Rebirth, so I'm hesitant to say it's a return to form. It's just a great album, period. Buy it.
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Doublethink
Doublethink

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality album - must buy, 10 May 2010
This review is from: Doublethink (Audio CD)
Akala's 3rd release is confident and every track's quality. Many different influences on show... he's not just your bog standard grime artist. Some tracks are heavy and Prodigy-like, others have elements of nu-metal... while others are very melodic. But it's in the lyrics and delivery that Akala really does stand out from the crowd. The album may not be as commercial as many others out there - but the album deserves multiple listens. Stand out tracks are: Psycho, Xxl, Yours and My Children & It's Not That Serious.


Tha Carter
Tha Carter
Price: £5.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The hottest rapper under the sun, 24 Feb. 2009
This review is from: Tha Carter (Audio CD)
Lil Wayne's beats and rhymes are flat out quality... he's been in the game for awhile, and has suddenly blown up big time. Go back and start checking out all the older material. Start with this. Carter 1, 2 and 3 are all classic hip hop albums.


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