Tha Carter IV - Lil Wayne
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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: 36 out of 107
  2. Negative: 58 out of 107
  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. how can anyone like it? ufr6sa35as5etrtdfygu its depressing how many fans he has. Expand
  2. Aug 29, 2011
    10
    I love this album!!! It's so great. 6 Foot 7 Foot, She Will, John & How To Love. My fav and only Tha Carter album i've heard. Oh yeah Blunt Blowin & How To Hate are good too. Lil Wayne is always great. Who doesn't like him (well people who don't like rap of course). So you should listen to this album clearly. Expand
  3. Feb 17, 2012
    7
    Lil Wayne is squeezing as much as he can off of Tha Carter series of albums. This album however does not match the quality of the previous three albums in the series. The signature Lil Wayne is still here and the best track on the album is easily 6 Foot 7 Foot. There aren't many other tracks on the album that match the ferocity and near perfect lyrical delivery. The punchlines, the figurative language and effortless flow is still here. Yet there is a finesse missing and a lot of the tracks feel more like fillers. Definitely a solid hip-hop album, but nowhere near Lil Wayne's best work. Expand
  4. Aug 29, 2011
    2
    It's a shame that Lil' Wayne has to ruin perfectly good albums by rapping on them. He's clearly got the popularity and influence to pull a pretty inspiring array of collaborators. About half of these beats sound phenomenal until Wayne drops his vocals and the whole thing goes to hell; there are even terrific verses by Tech N9ne, Andre 3000, Nas, and Busta strewn around. Maybe they came hard with it to mask Lil' Wayne's lack of ability on the mic, but they failed-- they just make him sound even worse by comparison, since it's difficult for a Lil' Wayne verse to stack up against a real emcee. And Weezy sounds worse than usual here, just pooling a ridiculous array of nonsequiters and punchlines rasped out in a processed-sounding croak. Weezy has the singing voice of Emperor Palpatine, but "How To Love" is better than most things on this album-- at least it's the one song here where he doesn't try to convince people that he's rapping. Apparently, when it comes to hip-hop, there's only one Carter worth talking about - and I can only hope he jacks that heavenly "Nightmares From the Bottom" beat and puts a real song over it.

    When the best thing one can say about your album is "hey, at least it's not Rebirth," it's probably time to hang it up.
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  5. Sep 23, 2011
    1
    I simply do not understand what is so great about Lil Wayne. His voice is horrible (probably because of all the drugs he likes to use), and it is unbearable to have to listen through one of his songs. Surely there must be a more deserving and better artist to spend your money on, right? Expand
  6. Jul 22, 2012
    0
    I remember the days when rap was about stuff that actually made sense, such as Tupac's "Changes." I expected Lil Wayne to be better than this. He reuses beats a LOT and has pretty much no originality in this album. This is not worth your money. Do not get it, unless you like whiny voices trying to relate to the "hood." 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 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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