Tha Carter III - Lil Wayne
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  • Summary: The latest album from the rapper includes guest appearances by Jay-Z, T-Pain, Babyface, Busta Rhymes, and Robin Thicke.
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. It’s eclectic, eccentric and yes, essential.
  2. 90
    Maybe that's how we need to view this record--a little less anxious in our anticipation and balanced out with a little more enjoyment. Then, it just might be a classic.
  3. Instead of hiding his bootleg-bred quirks in anticipation of the big-budget spotlight, he distills the myriad metaphors, convulsing flows, and vein-splitting emotions into a commercially gratifying package that's as weird as it wants to be; he eventually finds his guitar but keeps the strumming in check.
  4. We should have known. If his raspy, cartoonish voice didn't mark him as different, his quick wit, offhanded wordplay and quirky subject matter should have in a genre populated largely by grim-faced imitators.
  5. Tha Carter III hearkens to when rap meant rapp: Isaac Hayes talking for days about some girl he broke with, or Bobby Womack signifying while strumming a blues guitar.
  6. He's the man of the moment, but the disc's best moments strive for timelessness and attain it.
  7. Now, equipped with the stylish, but too-often substance-less Tha Carter III, Lil Wayne seems poised to flip the script on the “rapper racists” (radio stations, MTV) by evolving into the “biggest” rapper alive.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 85
  2. Negative: 21 out of 85
  1. KyleZ
    Jun 11, 2008
    Instant Classic. Tracks such as A Millie and Dr. Carter really show off his lyricism and skill on the mic.
  2. AliB
    Jun 13, 2009
    Best rap album ever. this is my favorite number 1 rap album. lil wayne is the best rapper alive.
  3. sashaj
    Sep 6, 2008
    I was expecting good from Lil Wayne on this album considering the horrible guest appearences of him on various songs in the months prior to the release. On June 5th, a friend of mine sent me a link where I could download the album. I did, and after hearing 3 Peat and Mr. Carter I was amazed and decided that I would buy it in stores. After I bought it I thorougly listened to it and decided that this is the first album where I didn't have to skip any songs. Some might say the album did not have had a concept or a general idea but trust me it did. The general message was: All of these songs are the new Lil Wayne. Expand
  4. SimonW.
    Oct 13, 2008
    A solid album...but definitely overrated compared to the hype it receives. The production is very well I will admit, however lyrically Lil Wayne falters. Songs like "Phone Home", "Mrs. Officer", "Lolipop", "Comfortable", "Got Money" are just commercial songs. Another rapper has once again, "Sell out". Best Songs + A Milli + Shoot Me Down + Tie My Hands Worst - Lolipop - Got Money - Mrs. Officer - Phone Home. Expand
  5. BennyA
    Aug 9, 2008
    I got the hype for Carter II, but everything after that, including this...the hype is somewhat mind-boggling to me as he's never able to live up to it. He picks great producers, but I can't help but get the feeling he just wasn't trying with his flow anymore. People are like "oh, that's what makes it interesting and awesome!" I, he recorded this all drunk and high in one take. For real. Not to mention for every nice punchline he makes there are also really stupid ones: "my back, my neck / isn't it weird how that song isn't old yet?" And to the person below that said hip-hop isn't music: grow the hell up. Seriously. Expand
  6. DavidA
    Jul 7, 2008
    First and foremost the person that said that weezy has proven he is better then biggie is on some mad drugs WEEZY WILL NEVER BE ON THE LEVEL OF BIGGIE, PAC, JAY-Z, NAS, RAKIM, AND ALL THE OTHER GREATS now back on topic this album has some hot songs and some really unnecessary songs the featured artist are amazing in this jay-z rips weezy on his own track good choice of production but the album lacks flare and for the people that say that the cool was can't stick up to this are mentally challenged they do not understand the sophisticated lyrics of lupe so they have to listen to weezy to make themselves feel good. Expand
  7. ANormalPerson
    Jul 8, 2008
    I agree with datsun and all the other low scores. technically rap isn't music, so how can you give it a metascore?

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