Sorry it’s been a while, the fan in my laptop decided to cease to be. I just got the new part and fixed it whilst at work (I couldn’t wait) and downloaded Lil’ Wayne’s newest. So you know what that means… The last time we did an album review it was Watch The Throne, I went in with low expectations and was greatly rewarded with my favourite hip-hop album since Tha Carter I… That’s foreshadowing in two ways: a. I went into Carter IV with low expectations and b. For my money Lil’ Wayne hasn’t come close to making an album like I or II, and I will always judge any new material he releases to those first two installments of the now Carter quintology (I think I just made that word up… but fuck it).

Okay, with that little preface over let’s get on to the meat and potatoes. Lil’ Wayne released this album on my Birthday, which was Monday if you forgot (you know who you are). August 29th. Now I don’t know if it was Wayne’s personal gift to me and only me, or a tribute to Katrina victims since she hit the N.O. on the 29th in ’05. Probably neither and certainly not the prior, but whatever. Thank you Lil’ Wayne for your thoughtful gift, I’ve never been so honoured.

As was with Jay and ‘Ye’s album, the critics seem to be getting their shots in. Which I reckon is fashionable, but seems pointless to me. We all knew what we were getting with both Tha Carter IV and Watch The Throne, and while one fascinated me the other just held my attention enough for me to like it with the exception of a couple tracks.

Lil’ Wayne should not do several things:

  1. Sing
  2. Rap slowly and gayly about his lame feelings
  3. Featuring motherfuckers on HIS album

I have no use for Drake, T-Pain, whoever the fuck Cory Gunz is, Rick Ross, Tech N9ne (for the record Andre 3000 and John Legend were alright with me), Bruno Mars, Jadakiss and Shyne after his incarceration.

At this point in the review I’m still listening to the album, and I just skipped over “How To Love”. I don’t have time for that gay shit. The next track is a bit of a follow-up to “Dr. Carter”, it’s called “President Carter”. While Jimmy Carter was just some hick from Georgia, “President Carter” serves as reminder of what Lil’ Wayne’s was. That’s right, I said was. I and II were never had poppy type songs, and maybe that’s what separates a good rapper from a historically great one. I once thought Lil’ Wayne was one of the best ever, right after Jay-Z, but there are too many songs in his catalog like “Lollipop” and “How To Love”. Name a song of that nature by A Tribe Called Quest, Kanye and even Jay, you can’t.

To be fair Tha Carter IV is much better than III  but it’s still Lil’ Wayne at his most commercial, and that’s fine. Make your money Wayne, I ain’t hatin’. No Pres. Carter here, President Roosevelt (The good one).

President Theodore Roosevelt 4/5