Review ·

Check that out there, up in the corner, right above, on the left. Yep, that’s right -- Tha Carter III. It’s here. Really. And whatever your opinion on Lil Wayne’s increasingly polarizing as-often-ridiculous-as-it-is-flat-out-brilliant two-and-half-year-long mixtape run is, you must be curious.

 

It was never clear why Tha Carter III got the ruaround, especially with Wayne’s Internet onslaught -- predicated upon Hi-C- and promethiazine-fueled twelve-hour recording sessions -- alone maintaining his position as arguably the hottest rapper alive. Most of us chalked it up to a mercurial artist being, well, mercurial. But maybe Wayne’s post-Carter II period needs be summarized, documented, and footnoted in marketing textbooks: Tha Carter III is forecasted to crack a million in sales its first week out.

 

And guess what? He deserves it. There’s a palpable blood-lust for an “emperor has no clothes” moment, for Wayne to whiff on the biggest stage possible, for the summarily coronated kid to chip his teeth on a fat chunk of reality. But it ain’t happening. Tha Carter III is a singular, refreshing work; to its great credit, it could have only come from the addled mind of Mr. Dwayne Carter.

 

It’s no surprise that the album really takes off on its third track, “A Millii.” During his mid-Carter sojourn, Wayne feasted on beats like this one -- just a snare and a jackhammer sample of a voice repeating the title -- beats that are odd, minimalist, so unlikely, and yet, ultimately, completely vindicated by the spaces they leave for Wayne to fill. (Think “Sportscenter,” off Dedication II, Weezy murdering a beat made up of spare woohs and the echoes of tennis ball bounces).  

 

And fill he does. The album’s first knockout comes quick and hard, Wayne, as always, riding the slight drum patter masterfully: "He’s a beast, he’s a dog, he’s the muthafuckin’ problem/ Okay, you’re a goon, but what’s a goon to a goblin?” Uh, yessir.

 

He pulls the isolation trick a few more times: on “La La,” Wayne slouching along on David Banner’s preposterous beat, a little kid dropping la la’s over, of all things, a xylophone riff; on “Dr. Carter,” Wayne as a hip-hop doctor, saving wack MCs' lives over Swizz Beat’s slightly ascending horns; on “Let the Beat Build,” Wayne letting Kanye’s jaunty piano sample pull him along. Dude is as in love with the sound -- and as engaged by the possibility -- of his unmitigated flow as we are.

 

But Tha Carter III soars because of Wayne’s to-date under-appreciated ability to turn himself down. The tentative, stumbling electric guitar lick on “Shoot Me Down” transforms into a lonely spotlight on a dark stage, Wayne’s eyes cast down, the air sucked out the room: “This is history in the making,” he sneers, “so shut the fuck up and let me make it.”

 

His trademark flabbergasted bravado in a different guise, perhaps. But then there’s “Tie Me Down,” a tribute to his embattled hometown of New Orleans. We’ve heard him go down this road before, probably most significantly on “Georgia Bush” off Dedication II. But that song was marred by his juvenile twisting of the president’s name. This time we have Weezy unfiltered, raw nerves exposed: “They try to tell me keep my eyes open/ my whole city underwater, some people still floating.” The spoken-word outro is stoic and powerful: “Born right here in the USA, but…due to tragedy…looked on by the whole world as a refugee.” I’d pay a pretty penny to see this track performed for his already enraptured hometown crowd.

 

But the album’s most significant moment might just be “Comfortable,” a rebuke, of sorts, of Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable.” It’s the most accomplished pop song in Wayne’s lengthy arsenal, a tack he had never even hinted at being able to pull off before. Gliding strings and Babyface, in distinguished elder-gentleman role, crooning on the hook; Weezy, endearingly bruised, defends himself preemptively from a romantic abandonment. As a standalone, perhaps it isn’t all that, but relative to the rest of Wayne’s oeuvre, it’s a singular treat. Who knew hearing Wayne nearly gushing would be this satisfying?

 

Two last notes: first, along with the previously mentioned standout “Let the Beat Build," Kanye produced "Shoot  Me Down" and "Comfortable." Would drool over the possibility of a  full album collabo from these two. And second: Wayne is just 25 years old. A remarkably meteoric rise; a remarkable album.

 

***

Artist: http://www.myspace.com/lilwayne
Label: http://www.cashmoney-records.com

 

 

  • 3 Peat
  • Mr. Carter FEAT. Jay-Z
  • A Milli
  • Got Money FEAT. T-Pain
  • Comfortable FEAT. Babyface
  • Dr. Carter
  • Phone Home
  • Tie My Hands FEAT. Robin Thicke
  • Mrs. Officer FEAT Bobby Valentino
  • Let The Beat Build
  • Shoot Me Down FEAT. D. Dmith
  • Lollipop FEAT. Static Major
  • La La FEAT. Brisco & Busta Rhymes
  • Playing With Fire FEAT. Betty Wright
  • You Ain't Got Nuthin FEAT. Juelz Santana & Fabolous
  • DontGetIt

The Wu gambino and Nas stan in me recalls that Raekwon skit when I look at the cover of Weezy's latest opus. But the image appears to hearken Arrested Development or Pagliacci more than Mr. Jones or Mr. Wallace. And I suppose that is why Wayne has that crossover appeal – because he's just so darn amusing! 

Keak Da Sneak - Deified Mariah Carey E=MC2
Sponsored Content

can i be on your record deal

marcellus

wat u are my 1 baby

Georgia

niy9uy

Lil Wayne

WHEN IS IT COMING OUT THEY TELL ME DATE

TY

This Stuff thats comin out is gonna be a hit. Stick wid it Weezy you da best. I'm a rapper too and my stuff is gonna be released probably this summa

KRIS

U ARE THE SH*T! u HAVE A GREAT MIND BUT SOMETIMES YOU DONT ACT LIKE IT. HATERS LOVE TO SEE YOU DOWN BUT YOU ALWAYS SHININ WHETHER YOU GOT JEWELRY ON OR NOT. U HOT NIGGA!

SAMOBLEY85

its comin out june 10 but i already have it, mr. carter 3 peat, comfortable, playin with fire, a millie and lollipop are really god the rest is okay...

sam

i think we should ALL illegally download it and then brag about it out various websites and message boards

That would be sweet.

jackass.

fcksam

i love ur song

la brown eyez

No b.s. It wasn't a a bad album it has its moments.you have to understand that most of the great songs didn't make the album because of leaks &bootlegs this has happened to everyone from nas to lupe. Which forces you to ditch some of the artistry and make a business move and just sell records. That being said its one of those wierd albums that grows on you because its different 4 of 5 at best.

phleyeboy1

this cd is soo bad man i love it

BABY KANYEEZZEE

The wait is over!

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

this album is sometimes hit or miss but all in all, it's a classic.

kanye's production bring the best out of weezy, i agree. let the beat build bitch!

/site_media/uploads/images/users/str8upanddown/Photo 235.jpg Callatelaboca

After hearing "Tha Carter II", any album will sound inferior... So "Tha Carter III" is just Good, in comparison.

Lets keep the main thing the main thing and not major in minors.

-Nick

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

you can't leave the apt. in NYC without hearing this blaring from a car. definitely the summer of CIII. i have no objections.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/wrecktech/sirchompalot.jpg wrecktech

PPl lil wayne is the best i luv the carter III

Richy

album alright heard better

mg

wayne's album so-so heard better. Be on the look for that new NAS album.

mg

REPSR.1.IM TAKING OVER!.2008.LA
REPS.FUHKIN.BABY..BABY!

REPSR.1.2008

wayne is the greatest man and this album just proves his point and mine 2 u cant f**k wit him yo and those other rappers know it 2 much luv 2 the greatest rapper alive

tweet

CARTER 3,, ALL I CAN SAY IS I LOVE U WAYNE , BECAUSE U R CONSISTANT, CARTER 3 IS THE BEST OF THIS YR, DEAD ASS WORHT EVERY DOLLA , LOVE U BOO,

KIMI

U R THE GREATEST

KIM

Some of you people are seriously retarded.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/Banger/images-6jpg.jpg B/|nGerKat

"Some of you people are seriously retarded."

Co-Sign

Dave

Lil Wayne is the sickest he the most lyrical artist besides kayne west and f__k nas he is garbage keep doing your thing wayne.He defenitily the most creative

Tra

i downloaded it from limewire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!but im still gonna buy the cd NIGGAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSS!

ThA C0oLe$t Ne9rO

I cannot believe this review did not mention the best track on this album. Go download and listen to "Phone Home" immediately.

Phil

lol@thacoole$tNegrO.com/moroncakes

/site_media/uploads/images/users/Banger/images-6jpg.jpg B/|nGerKat

What sample did Kanye use in comfortable? It's killing me!!

J

kanye uses the instrumental section at the end of "back at one" by brian mcknight...i absolutely LOVE that song!

oi!

the sample also sounds the same as alicia keys - you don' t know my name

c

what is your number

david allen rowland

way to go weezy

J.moore

The sample is "let me prove my love to you" by The Main Ingredient, released in 1976. It's from "You Don't Know My Name" not back at one...

Robyn

hot damn!
it was killing me too.
and i'll be damned if i put it on....and that's it. its the very end.
thanks so much...LMAO

skittles

I LOVE U & TIS CD DONT LISTEN 2 WAT THOSE HATERS SAY UR CD IZ WACK BUT ITZ NOT THEY JUST MAD CAUSE GOD BLESS U & THEY DINT GET WAT THEY WONT SO KEP MAKE MONEY

Mrz.Officer

In Mrs. Officer, i think its the 3rd vers or sumin
It sounds like rich boy, but ive heard its not
Does anybody know who that is?

DuMars

First off, the review is DEAD WRONG in many places. Kanye West did NOT produce "Shoot Me Down", it is a man named D. Smith, who also sings the chorus on the song. Next, it's "Tie MY HANDS". And you people need to realize what you're talking about. "OMG, i luv yu weezi!!!" Shut up. You think he reads this? lol And uhm, yeah. Tha Carter II is, I think, his best proffesional album. Tha Carter III did not neccesarily fail, but it didn't wow me and surprise me like C2 did. He also recycled some things from old mixtape songs, including the entire "Comfortable" song.

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

So much hype for so average a talent. I'll just keep my early Cypress Hill albums, thank you.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/FMH/5241619.gif FMH

I changed my rating to an 8.5.

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

the album is good but he should have put all the songs up there

da da

i love the carter 1 and 2 but 3 is to good i listen to it every day i love it

khaya mpepanduku

bro you rock nig

yo momma

the song comfortable was sampled from a 1980's song by a white group. I just dont remember the name of the song or the name of the group. WILL SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME THE NAME OF THE GROUP.

vin desil

Find us on Facebook

Latest Comments

    Recommended