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7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 369 Ratings

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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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Lollipop
Oww! Uh-huh No homo, Young Moolah baby I said he's so sweet, make her wanna lick the wrapper So I let her lick the rapper She, she, she licked me... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  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. 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.
  5. He breaks language down into building blocks for new metaphors, exploiting every possible semantic and phonetic loophole for humour and yanking pop culture references into startling new contexts.
  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: 62 out of 103
  2. Negative: 21 out of 103
  1. MatthewC
    Jun 12, 2008
    10
    In tha family, weezy done it again!!! He delivered this album with power, and has changed a lot, but for the best. Keep it up weezy!!!
  2. Sep 29, 2018
    10
    Tha Carter III was a great album. Honestly some of the "critics" are against rap culture...
  3. sashaj
    Sep 6, 2008
    10
    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 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. SamuelL
    Dec 16, 2008
    8
    Im basically saying the same thing as Bryan T. The Spin rating isn't a 0, they basically said it's unratable because it's so Im basically saying the same thing as Bryan T. The Spin rating isn't a 0, they basically said it's unratable because it's so subjective. you either like it or you dont. The review is actually pretty positive. Expand
  5. Nov 11, 2013
    6
    Another Hip Hop album in which the singles almost ruin the album. Singles like "Got Money," "Lollipop," "Mrs. Officer," and "A Milli"Another Hip Hop album in which the singles almost ruin the album. Singles like "Got Money," "Lollipop," "Mrs. Officer," and "A Milli" disgrace, what would be, a solid Rap album. This album was Wayne's transition from Hip Hop to Pop which is evident in songs like "Lollipop" and "Prostitute 2." Other than that, Lil Wayne displays creativity, and some not-so-often seen raw emotion. Although the album is flawed, Lil Wayne shows his strengths through songs like "Mr. Carter," "Dr. Carter," "Tie My Hands," and "Let the Beat Build." Expand
  6. PatrickN
    Jun 12, 2008
    5
    There's absolutely no reason that Lollipop should be on this cd. It had already been played out by the time III dropped because of the There's absolutely no reason that Lollipop should be on this cd. It had already been played out by the time III dropped because of the leaks, so Wayne should've just relegated it to mixtape material. There are some solid songs, but like a friend of mine said, "it just doesn't sound inspired." Expand
  7. ANormalPerson
    Jul 8, 2008
    0
    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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