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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 45
  2. Negative: 2 out of 45
  1. Oct 2, 2018
    10
    Wayne ! Wayne ! Wayne ! Wayne ! Wayne ! Wayne ! Wayne ! Wayne ! Wayne ! Wayne !
  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 30, 2018
    9
    Great album! Been a decade long Wayne fan and this is easily my favorite project!
    The production is hands down the best I have this year..
  5. Oct 5, 2018
    8
    Lil Wayne is back, finally. Tha Carter album we've all been anticipating. On the first listen of this album it's clearly the best he has putLil Wayne is back, finally. Tha Carter album we've all been anticipating. On the first listen of this album it's clearly the best he has put out in years and a huge improvement on Tha Carter IV. Songs like Let it all work out, Mona Lisa, Can't Be Broken and Don't Cry are just **** phenomenal. Tha Carter V is a personal Wayne album and he put his heart into it clearly. The first half the album is absolute fire, however, the second demonstrates a drop in consistent quality of music and is a bit of a let down. Despite that the album concludes with two brilliant tracks Used 2 and Let it all work out which let the album work out in the end. This album is amazing and Wayne is on top of it again. 8/10. Expand
  6. Feb 24, 2019
    7
    A very well polished and evolved Weezy. Most of the songs are very strong and it does have potential to be a classic in hip-hop over theA very well polished and evolved Weezy. Most of the songs are very strong and it does have potential to be a classic in hip-hop over the coming decades. Expand
  7. Jan 28, 2020
    0
    give it up weezy has sucked simce 2008

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