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  • Summary: The long-delayed full-length studio album for the rapper features guest appearances from Ashanti, Drake, French Montana, Kendrick Lamar, Mack Maine, Nicki Minaj, Post Malone, Travis Scott, Snoop Dogg, Sosamann, and XXXTentacion.
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Famous
[Chorus: Reginae Carter] Welcome to your name in lights All the lighters in the sky (yeah) You must be famous This is how you live your life,... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Oct 5, 2018
    80
    Tha Carter V was never going to be flawlessly executed--the odds were too stacked against it--but it certainly gives the audience the thrill we were hoping for. It’s a return to form, and a triumphant return for one of the greatest of all time.
  2. Sep 28, 2018
    80
    The good news: Musically, despite the age of some of the songs, V is fresh, flush and even frenetic at times, with the crunch of the Southern trap and ropey rap-rock sounds that Wayne pretty much started in the first place.
  3. Oct 2, 2018
    80
    If anything lets Tha Carter V down, it’s the track sequencing and transitions, which can start to make the project feel like it’s dragging about halfway through. However, that should hardly dissuade Wayne’s most diehard fans, as even in its slowest moments, the album never loses its heady sense of rapture. ... The album is indeed memorable, as much for the journey that led to its release as the previously unseen layers that Weezy reveals.
  4. Oct 2, 2018
    70
    Tha Carter V can’t compare to the first three Carter installments, or his epochal 2005-2007 mixtape run. But it doesn’t need to.
  5. Oct 2, 2018
    70
    What we have is an album that’s mostly pretty good. It’s certainly an improvement over Tha Carter IV--likely his least memorable album ever--but it’s also not a record that is going to reignite a second peak from Wayne, if that was the hope.
  6. 67
    Wayne is, by nature, an exciting rapper. His breathless, consistently accelerating flow is still present here, though not varied enough to work as well as it used to. .... Ultimately, Tha Carter V sounds like someone chasing after their own glory days, with half-hearted energy, barely even believing themselves.
  7. 60
    The misogyny of Tha Carter V cheapens its moving moments.

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  1. Positive: 38 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. Oct 1, 2018
    10
    Lil Wayne is back for tha carter 5 which is a masterpiece. Wayne shows he can continue to make excellent music.
  2. Sep 29, 2018
    10
    Dynamic, articulate, courageous, outspoken. Just a few of the adjectives that so inadequately describe. Indeed this great human continues toDynamic, articulate, courageous, outspoken. Just a few of the adjectives that so inadequately describe. Indeed this great human continues to live and grow. We are privileged to again hear the voice of... the best rapper alive.

    This album more than lived up to the hype, music all hip hop-fans can appreciate.
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  3. Sep 29, 2018
    10
    It's great, it doesnt have those cringy lines that IANAHB 1 and 2 and C4 had, it's lil wayne that matured, and sounds like a new person, alsoIt's great, it doesnt have those cringy lines that IANAHB 1 and 2 and C4 had, it's lil wayne that matured, and sounds like a new person, also when it comes to music, it's also fantastic. Expand
  4. Sep 28, 2018
    9
    This by far Lil Wayne's best album since Tha Carter III. The production is amazing, the rhymes are great, his flow is next level on a few ofThis by far Lil Wayne's best album since Tha Carter III. The production is amazing, the rhymes are great, his flow is next level on a few of these songs (namely Mona Lisa and Uproar), the features are awesome. It's just a great album. Well worth the wait. Expand
  5. Sep 29, 2018
    8
    Speaking from the perspective of a true Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. fan, I thoroughly enjoyed this album from beginning to end. We got differentSpeaking from the perspective of a true Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. fan, I thoroughly enjoyed this album from beginning to end. We got different sides of Wayne, introspective Wayne, story teller Wayne, romance Wayne, etc. and the project feels like a culmination of his past projects (drawing from I Am Not A Human Being, Dedication, Carters, even the Drought 3). Almost every feature on here delivers (Kendrick, Travis Scott & Snoop Dogg, XXX are the stand outs for me). Mona Lisa is a hip hop classic and my favorite track right now is Let It Fly Ft. Travis Scott where Wayne snaps and shows everyone why he was proclaimed best rapper alive for so many years (and still is to me). He showed on this album why so many artists are influenced by him and the amount of new artists he's birthed (Lil Uzi, K Dot, Young Thug, etc.) A true genius and trend setter, I will always appreciate what he's done for the culture. Contender for album of the year. All that was missing for me was more tracks where Wayne is just snapping with bars, but we received that last year with Dedication 6 so I'm not tripping (if you haven't listened to that tape then go do it now). Expand
  6. Sep 30, 2018
    7
    A solid album that would have been better if some songs did not make the cut. I jump to about a handful of songs. If you are a Wayne fan, thisA solid album that would have been better if some songs did not make the cut. I jump to about a handful of songs. If you are a Wayne fan, this is more of the same, so turn it up loud. Expand
  7. Sep 29, 2019
    5
    While this album has about 10-15 tracks that are quality, Wayne overstays his welcome on this one. Many of these songs simply should not haveWhile this album has about 10-15 tracks that are quality, Wayne overstays his welcome on this one. Many of these songs simply should not have been included on the album. Expand

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