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During his promotional tour for Tha Carter, Lil Wayne did the prerequisite media rounds at MTV2 where host Amanda Diva praised Weezy for his lyrical prowess. Normally, you could chalk the compliment up as your standard veejay dribble, but the Def Poet Ms. Diva was genuine and sincere. Since the release of Tha Carter in 2004, the former Hot Boy has launched a concerted effort to smash all preconceived notions of him. During the South's recent champion run in hip-hop, elitist media types have indiscriminately sipped on the haterade when it comes to the lyrical ability of Southern artists.

 

Lil Wayne may not be the "best rapper alive since the best rapper retired," as he's brazenly stated in the past, but Tha Carter II serves as his claim to the throne. What separates Tha Carter II from its predecessor is the production - in particular, the absence of ex-Cash Money Millionaire Mannie Fresh - and the pilfered East Coast vibe throughout the LP. Weezy adapts his New Orleans roots to the tracks here without compromising his identity and appeal as a Southern emcee.

 

The lead single, "Fireman," is a truly telling transformation. Most emcees don't bother to deliver on the lyrical tip for their hook-driven singles; why waste gems when you can rely on the melody to sell the record? But Weezy packs his single with great lyrics, and in doing so, he's managed to conquer a frontier few emcees have reached. On the track, produced by the Doe Boys, Weezy's braggadocio causes a contact high, spitting "I see she wearing them jeans that show her butt crack/ My girls can't wear that/ Why? That's where my stash at/ I put my mack down that's where you lack at/ She need her candlelit and I'ma wax that." The man who coined the term "bling" has clearly grown, forging a new style that is equal parts Jay-Z's swagger and Camron's staggered delivery.

 

Throughout Tha Carter II, Weezy demonstrates the ability to freak a track regardless of the point of origin. The track that elevates Weezy above his competition and generates limitless crossover appeal is the Robin Thicke­assisted "Shooter." Arguably one of the most creative moments to come out of the South (minus Outkast's work), "Shooter" is an amalgamation of New Orleans blues, indie rock and Southern hip-hop. Evenly dispersed vocals by Thicke and a looping sample of a salon piano are matched with Weezy's lyrics about the criticism of Southern hip-hop: "Stop bein' rapper racists, region haters/ but this is Southern face it/ If we too simple then y'all don't get the basics."

 

Weezy's claim to the throne as the best rapper alive may be a bit premature; tracks such as "Hustler Muzik," "Hit 'Em Up" and "Lock and Load" prove that Weezy's persona has not yet fully developed outside of Cash Money's influence. But Tha Carter II shows us that Wayne is gunning for the number one lyrical spot in hip-hop by honing his craft and deconstructing his detractors' criticisms word by word. Best rapper alive? Maybe not. But just act like you know.

 

 

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"Shooter" Lil Wayne featuring Thicke on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno

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Videos

  • Tha Mobb
  • Fly In
  • Money In Mind
  • Fireman
  • Mo Fire
  • On Tha Block No.1
  • Best Rapper Alive
  • Lock And Load
  • Oh No
  • Grown Man
  • On Tha Block No.2
  • Hit Em Up
  • Carter II
  • Hustler Musik
  • Receipt
  • Shooter
  • Weezy Baby
  • On Tha Block No.3
  • I'm A Dboy
  • Feel Me
  • Get Over
  • Fly Out
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lil wayne da shiz he be fly as hell
motha heiffer

daniel sandler

i give this album a 9

/site_media/uploads/images/users/daba/me-bermudajpg.jpg Daba

co-sign, Dave.

bradford

no matter yall lame asses say Wayne is the best rapper alive bitch, young money cash money dip-set

G-Mac

i love u lil wayne!!!!!!!!!!!!

tiffani

i love love lil wayne so much i could marry him

gabe

its hot

lilc

My nig lil wyane is wassup now days

J weezey

I fcked lil wayne nice and hard we play hide the penis in the rectum

NiggaG

best album from the best rapper alive
no one is able to do it better
hustler muzik is the best track for sure!

weezy f b

YALL! THAT YALL NEED 2 STOP ALL THA HATIN SO PLEASE STOP HATIN WEEZYFB U KNW WEEZY MY NIGGA.

KRISTEN4

man yall need to stopppppp hatin!!!! kanye and weezy was straight flowin on dat track, i think its hot!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

lil mama

lil wayne i juz lub u!!! ur album iz so cool...well yea ur hot!!!

kazie babie

ayooooo i aint from 144th eagle street but wayne iz and that nigga go hard digz

jerzeyyyyy 609

I believe that Tha Mobb, the introductory track, is the best song on here. Either that or "Fly In/Carter II/ and Fly Out" altogether.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/RaAJA/RayJayarm.jpg RaAJA

Pretty good. One too many filler songs.

8/10. Best song: Tha Mobb

/site_media/uploads/images/users/prefix/no-user-pic.gif BlackMan90

man i love this dude !!!!!!!!!!!!!! his music is sick !!!!! ily lil wyane your biest fan !!!!!

anjelica

Man Lil Wayne Is The Best Rapper Alive Exept The Game Hes Pretty Awsome. Young Money Cash Money.

Kwallace

the s**t was f**kin raw

curti

wuz good with all my S.C people

kiki

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donot
mess with wyane
i beat yo azz if mess wit him.
lilwyane say: i am not hot i am great bitch

kim

wats up weezy

DEZI

i love you u is sexy

nene

I luv lil wyane thatz my baby daddy. We got married and moved to an island an you aint seen us since.By hatera.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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elizabeth

i think it was the best cd he made

redzz

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