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  • Summary: The ninth studio album from the rapper features special guests such as Drake, T-Pain, and Rick Ross.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. Aug 31, 2011
    80
    If you thought him too weird for your tastes previously, Tha Carter IV is the album to introduce you to the never boring world of an artist whose importance remains so significant that, should he finally collapse like the star he is, he's likely to take half the rap game with him.
  2. Aug 29, 2011
    80
    Even with some lack of vulnerability and risk, Tha Carter IV displays the nonsensical approach that fans have grown to love. Future and previous aside, Weezy's present is bright.
  3. Aug 30, 2011
    70
    Because Lil Wayne has been so sharp, so dexterous in the past, it's tempting (and ultimately necessary) to overanalyze him. But even on this album's weak tracks, and there are several, he remains a commanding presence, deploying just enough of his insistent croak to tether the song together.
  4. Aug 29, 2011
    60
    For the last four years there's been no greater force in hip-hop, but this isn't the way President Carter should be launching his campaign for a second term.
  5. 60
    Overall, by the end of the album it feels like Wayne maybe pushed Tha Carter series one installment too far.
  6. Aug 30, 2011
    58
    There's plenty of great rapping on Tha Carter IV, but for the first time, most of it isn't coming from Lil Wayne.
  7. From an MC that would call himself King, shouldn't we all have hoped – nay, expected – well, better?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 110
  2. Negative: 59 out of 110
  1. Sep 21, 2011
    10
    his voice sucks and he shouldn't be in the music industry. i wish that he just quit. why is he allowed to make music? it is not good at all.his voice sucks and he shouldn't be in the music industry. i wish that he just quit. why is he allowed to make music? it is not good at all. how can anyone like it? ufr6sa35as5etrtdfygu its depressing how many fans he has. Expand
  2. EJA
    Sep 8, 2011
    10
    Wow, Weezy thinks hes the best rapper there is out there and VH1 gives him a one hour boring back story into his poor life and the guy fromWow, Weezy thinks hes the best rapper there is out there and VH1 gives him a one hour boring back story into his poor life and the guy from the show House puts out a better reviewed album than Lil Wayne. This guy needs to get over himself. He isnt that good Expand
  3. Aug 29, 2011
    7
    It's been 3 years since Lil Wayne's Grammy-Award winning album Tha Carter III, but since then Wayne's very public problems, most significantlyIt's been 3 years since Lil Wayne's Grammy-Award winning album Tha Carter III, but since then Wayne's very public problems, most significantly his 8 month jail term, have overshadowed his career and there have been constant delays regarding Tha Carter IV. However, after months of delays Tha Carter IV has finally been released.

    Tha Carter III was a very consistent album which only featured a couple of bad songs towards the end of the album. With Tha Carter IV, some songs do feature the style of III, but there are a few songs throughout which, are not awful, but are worse than other songs on the album. The obvious songs that shine on the album are She Will, 6 Foot 7 Foot, So Special and the Outro. These are definitely the best songs on the album and you'll have these on repeat after listening to them. However, songs like How To Hate, Abortion and Nightmare's of the Bottom are the songs which aren't on par with the rest of the album. While it may have it's highlights, it doesn't have the same consistency or natural flow that Tha Carter III had and no serious hit-makers like Lollipop and A Milli from III.

    You can sympathise with Wayne, his highly-publicized troubles have overshadowed his career, and his post-Carter III album Rebirth was dreadful, and to bounce back with another 'blockbuster' album like III would've taken some style. Let's hope if Lil Wayne decides to make one more album, he'll learn from the mistakes of this album and make the album that everyone is waiting for.
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  4. Mar 22, 2015
    3
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  5. Aug 31, 2011
    1
    After spending time in jail, some do better, some do worse. Unfortunately in order to balance out MVicks success out of jail the universe hasAfter spending time in jail, some do better, some do worse. Unfortunately in order to balance out MVicks success out of jail the universe has chosen Wayne aka "The greatest rapper alive" to be on the worse side. With few high points in the album, its hard to see why so many people defend him. Many rap fans and wayne fans were put off by "How to love",(The worst song by anyone in a long time) but gave him a chance to make up with some hopefully hard tracks to bob your head to. Well unfortunately my head bobbed about 4 times, one of those is to "Outro" which doesn't even have Wayne on the track. The issues i have with this cd is the way it feels when you play it. It seems like your listening to the exact same song for 9 hours; the tracks play slow, the cd has little flow to it. What usually saves Wayne are his lyrics, which is what he's known for. "How you ni**as want it? have it your way, Burger King" The Lyrics are just so lame. Another issue is what the hell is his name? Weezy? Wayne? Birdman Jr? Tunchi? I feel like the arrogance of Wanye has caught up to him, as he feels his name alone will sell albums, and sadly it will. But Tha Carter III was a good album, better overall flow, more good than bad songs, but on this album, its just not there. Everyone defending him because they are "real fans" can stop, he has money(as he mentions in every song) so he doesn't need everyone to defend a bad album. And please stop saying he's trying something new, because he did that already with his "rock" album. Do what made you millions. Talented yes, Tha Carter IV good? no. this album has very little replay value, and for just 4 maybe 5 decent tracks, ill save my old money Expand
  6. Apr 11, 2013
    0
    Typical Lil' Wayne, Cursing and rhyming N@#$A with N@#^A in almost all of his songs, This is just as bad as Tha Carter III. Yeah, that'sTypical Lil' Wayne, Cursing and rhyming N@#$A with N@#^A in almost all of his songs, This is just as bad as Tha Carter III. Yeah, that's right boys, I said it. Tha Carter III is just as bad as this abomination, WAT IS WRONG WITH YOU 61 PEOPLES DAT GAVE DIS A POPULAR REVIEW?!?!?! Expand
  7. Aug 31, 2011
    0
    i use to love lil wayne, untill i heard this peice of poo of an album... what is this? its just hurting my ears. i just wanna call lil waynei use to love lil wayne, untill i heard this peice of poo of an album... what is this? its just hurting my ears. i just wanna call lil wayne and say SHUT UP YOU RAP TOO MUCH BULLSHEE IN THIS ALBUM. also carter 3 was 20times better thanks. Expand

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