Lil Wayne released his highly anticipated 12th studio album this past month, Tha Carter V. It debuted No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 albums and sold 480,000 units the first week of sales according to Nielsen Music. The release of the album is after a long legal battle between Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment and its parent Cash Money Records.
Lil Wayne comes back after a long hiatus with a great album. Tha Carter V is the longest of all Wayne’s albums, and rightfully so. The sound of the album is great with diverse beats and tempo. Lil Wayne tributes this project to his mother, who is featured on the cover art. In the first song ‘I Love You Dwayne’ Jacida Carter, Wayne’s mother, conveys their relationship and the song proves how much they love each other. The emotion spoken by his mother makes you feel their strong connection through voice alone.
Tha Carter V also has features from Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, Snoop Dogg, Travis Scott, and the late XXXTentacion. These great artists, along with Lil Wayne, makes Tha Carter V appeal to a large audience and has certainly contributed to the estimated 3.3 million dollars of revenue in the first week of sales. (Per Hits Daily Double)
Leesville students enjoyed the album too, “There’s a lot of good songs,” said Austin Poythress, Junior, “The earlier ones [albums] may have been a little better, but he [Lil Wayne] did come back pretty solid with Tha Carter V,” said Poythress. Aiden Andrew, Sophomore, liked the sound of the album too, “My favorite song off the album is ‘Hittas,’ the bass is good and I like the lyrics,” said Andrew.
My personal favorite is the last track on the album, “Let It All Work Out.” It is my favorite because it describes Lil Wayne’s growth. In this song, Wayne talks about his attempted suicide at the age of 12, “I found my momma’s pistol where she always hide it, I cry, put it to my head and thought about it.” Luckily Lil Wayne failed his attempt on his own life and on the track he thanks God for still being alive, “God came to my side and we talked about it, he sold me another life and he made a prophet.”
Tha Carter V is excellent and is unlike any of Lil Wayne’s previous projects. No matter your music preference there is a song for you on this album. I enjoyed Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V and I recommend you give it a listen.
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