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Lil Wayne
The Drought Is Over 5

It’s been nearly three years since Lil Wayne released his critically acclaimed fifth studio album, Tha Carter II. Despite the layoff, Birdman Jr. managed to soar to the top of rap’s hierarchy by delivering countless guest appearances and simultaneously slaughtering the mixtape circuit. Now, with expectations for Tha Carter III at a fevered pitch, Weezy F. Baby has secured one of the most anticipated hip-hop albums in recent history. With nothing left to prove, Wayne is ready to close up shop with the final installment of his popular mixtape series, The Drought Is Over 5 (Grand Closing).

Wayne’s braggadocious swag is intact on the conceited “I,” where he rambles on about his favorite topics: sex, money and drugs. The aggressive “Walk It Off” also displays Wayne’s flamboyant side, but it’s the infectious Bangladesh-produced “A Milli” that showcases Weezy’s lyrical prowess, as he spits, “I’m a venereal disease, like a menstrual/I bleed through the pencil/I leak through the sheets of the tablet in my mind/Because I don’t write nothin’, ’cause I ain’t got time.”

While Young Moola is famous for stealing the spotlight, the rapper-eater’s voice surprisingly gets lost amid the abundance of guests. From his appearance on Glasses Malone’s street anthem “Certified” to his apologetic verse on ex-flame Trina’s “Single Again,” Wayne’s last hurrah is bogged down with overdone collaborations. However, Weezy gets his mind right on the melodic “Stunt When I See You,” featuring Bow Wow, where he delivers his signature power punch lines (“Got ya bitch blowing me like she played bagpipe”).

With a mixture of high-profile singles (“Lollipop”), freestyle one-offs (“I’m a Dog Ya”) and Internet favorites (“Nike Boots Remix”), the disc manages to entertain, but The Drought 5’s closing is all but grand. In comparison to the past volumes, here, Young Carter’s highlights are fewer and farther between, leaving this installment dry. Hopefully, for Tha Carter III, Lil Wayne can once again make it rain.—Thomas A. Harden

  • 239allday

    Damn, People mostly put out mixtapes to promote upcoming albums. My nigga weezy was just bored and decided to throw one out there.

    • Ghost Deini

      This is old as hell, before carter III. And he didnt put this out, empire did. He don’t fuck with empire. Don’t you read the headlines?

  • http://www.loyalfament.com k dubb

    shit i agree wit homie.. this shit is old and empire dropped this but reguardless. theyre weezy songs n if dj’s didnt leak em ,how the fuck woul we hear em.. ? there fore there would b no excessive momentum for the carter 3. both drought is over 5 n c3 is mediocre .. stop gassin niggaz

  • 239allday

    Ghost Deini

    In the immortal words of pimp c: eat my whole entire dick and balls!

  • moresickaMC

    lol@stans giving excuses for Waynes weak a$$ music