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Lil Wayne, Tha Carter IV

Three years. That’s how long it’s been since Lil Wayne first mentioned plans to release Tha Carter IV, the follow-up to 2008’s best-selling Tha Carter III. But a name-drop didn’t mean an album drop, and so IV bookends a slew of specialized releases: 2009’s clique showcase We Are Young Money, 2010’s experimental-rock release Rebirth and EP-style I Am Not a Human Being. Sprinkle in a few mixtapes (Dedication 3, No Ceilings and Sorry 4 the Wait), and there have been plenty of raps but, until now, nothing to properly follow up the album that launched Lil Tunechi into superstar status.

The “Intro” is an indication of what’s to come, a stream-of-consciousness flow over a cartoonish-sounding production. Birdman Jr. follows with “Blunt Blowin,” a dynamic lyrical labor where, backed by an update of 1980s dance-pop synths, he spits innovative lines: “Times have changed, but fuck it, get a new watch/I still got the vision like a line between two dots.” The project doesn’t deviate from Mixtape Weezy until the fifth track, “Nightmares of the Bottom,” a melodic change in energy. This flows seamlessly into Tha Carter IV’s fourth and highest-charting single, the ominous, Drake-assisted standout “She Will,” marked by drawn-out, accentuated strings.

An “Interlude,” featuring Tech N9ne and Andre 3000, comes halfway through, and the unexpected Bun B, Nas, Shyne and Busta Rhymes–helmed “Outro” eventually brings the curtains to a close. Weezy appears on neither of these, but, with the same beat as “Intro,” they’re like one set—when the three cuts are merged together, they form one of the strongest posse cuts in years; when taken separately, as they appear, the songs inventively stage the album.

When Wayne and T-Pain pair up for “How to Hate,” the first of a trio of female-focused records (along with “How to Love” and “So Special”), the conceptual approach is welcome, if predictable. And herein lies the main misfortune of Tha Carter IV: Pussy, money, weed is a story that’s been told and retold, and at this moment in the superstar’s post-jail existence, the narrative is begging to expand. Lines like “I like my girl thick, not just kinda fine/Eat her ’til she cry, call that whine and dine,” which he kicks on “She Will,” are the sort of witty abstractions that persist throughout IV; they’re its strongest point, but they also hold it back. He’s saying almost nothing, but there’s almost nothing he’s not saying creatively. Maybe, as he spits on “Abortion,” it’s time to move on: “Smoking on a hallelujah, thank you, Jesus/Help me focus on the future, and not the previous.”

Even with some lack of vulnerability and risk, Tha Carter IV displays the nonsensical approach that fans have grown to love. Future and previous aside, Weezy’s present is bright. —Adam Fleischer

  • justthe93rd

    lol wut

    • thinker

      what the fuck? yall pointed out how unoriginal he was and STILL gave him an xl in that category? THAT is some dumb shit.

      • JugularKill

        I don’t think XXL is independent, they have people to please. Hip hop is political now.

        Should get an L at the most.

        A handful of the beats are tight, nothing new.
        Lyrics are boring as fuck,
        you listen and think…what was all the fuss about?

        Needs to stop wearing leggings, and kissing his daddy.

        UNDERSTAND! Lil Wayne will outsell everyone except Eminem. It’s inevitable.

        Eminem = Huge White fan base
        Lil Wayne = Huge teenage fan base
        Nicki Minaj = Huge teen female fan base

        Lil wayne will lead hip hop for the next 5yrs, till ppl realize he’s a 33yr old grown ass man who looks like whoopee goldburg.

        Nicki will rule female hip hop until her plastic surgery swells.

        Unfortunately Carter 4 is the new status of hip hop.

        • mogggg

          i guarantee u did no research for your case bro…all assumptions..thats lame..you’re a hater..die slow

          • JugularKill

            Dude they’re fucking assumptions.

            I’m being extreme how the fuk can u take those comments seriously?

        • R.E.D

          RED deserves an XL THIS DESERVES AN L or M AT BEST! He isnt even featured on the best 2 tracks

      • nickoslick

        aye thinker, being original is deeper than you know my dude

  • jfl11

    If there were an area between L and XL, this album would be there. Not as great as some will say, but definitely not as bad as other will say.

  • T

    XXL is sponsored by Young Money I assume.

    • xxl loves weezy

      this makes me want to unsubscribe

  • jimmyjam33

    god prepare form the bitching from people whoaint even heard the album, fuck if u dnt like this site get to fuck!! and no xxl is sponsored by fucking shady actually.

    • http://www.xxlmag.com RAp Lover

      jimmy u be talkin mad shit about album review made by xxl, so dont even talk, u be bitchin about how madd rappers get ratings they dont deserve

  • jimmyjam33

    points sytem is fucke as hell man, three xl equals an xl overall, wen other review can have two ls and get an overall xl.

  • http://dipodina.tumblr.com/ Dipo

    The Lyrics Should Be Rated “L”. The album wasn’t as good as I thought it would be but I’m hopeful about his next work but what I’m sure about is that Lil Wayne is slowly but strategically changing his core audience.

  • A.O.N

    In all honesty, I think this isn’t too bad of an album. Don’t get me wrong, im not gonna go out and buy it, but there are a couple songs I will bump again. I found that even though Wayne isn’t that great, he had some dope verses. A couple songs I didn’t feel til I heard the last verse. Im not a Wayne fan, but I can give respect to him on this.
    All in all, this is how I would rate his album if I were part of the staff.
    Beats – XL
    Lyrics – L
    Originality – M
    Overall – L

    Although he had some dope verses, you have to look at the project as a whole, not just pick and choose. The beats were great, his lyrics were strong at certain points and weak in others, and his originality, well, I don’t think his subject matter ever really changes much. Pussy this and Pussy that. Time to step outside the box wayne!!!

  • bugz

    and yet verde terrace gets an L

  • Chris

    Seriously???
    You give RED album a L
    And Carter IV a XL?
    I’ve lost faith in XXL….
    Goodbye

  • Jerm

    Games Red Album is tighter than tha carter 4 XXL is hatin hard

    • jimmyjam33

      the only thing tighter are the beats, game sucks at rapping, all he does is name drop, talk about his obsession waith jay and dre, the movie boyz in the hood and jack peoples styles.

      • BIG E IZ BAK

        HEY JIMMYJAM U LIKE TO PLAY WITH UR SELF THE MAN!!! Why you always Hating on the Game?? u one of them fake thugs that get all emotional right?? LIL B!TCH A$S NUCCA!!!

        • thinker

          look whos getting all emotional. lay off the caps lock, aint nobody scared of ur big letters BIG BITCH IZ BAK

  • http://xxlmag.com yogi22

    So many wayne haters..I just read the comments to laugh at all the hate. Take out how to love and that t pain song and u get XXL

    • LOL

      U are dumb.

  • Aret

    Non-biased it would’ve been an L (originality XL for real????)

  • H. Lawd

    whut !!!! … i’m sorry bruh, i don’t know what u heard but TC4 is trash

  • yh

    WEEZY!

  • igotacos

    straight up xxl. what i love and hate about wayne. he says almost nothing but he says almost everything creativly, and his metaphors are damn awesome. but also itz why he bores me.

  • black jesus

    #4peat

  • Meh

    this should get like M at best no way this should have xl especially when #ThingsBetterThanTheCarterIV is trending -___-

  • http://xxl bubbs

    i wait forever on this album and it dose not sound like a carter album sounds more like i am not a human 2 and i am not a human was shit

  • jammedinthejiffy

    i listened to it one time through. sounds like drake imitation and rick ross imitation and c3 imitation. originality M or S. the beats were alright. nothing awful except John. the overused Luger sound. Beats L. the lyrics, where the true mc shines, were average. lots of metaphors with no purpose. shit that didnt make sense too. he didnt even have the best verse on the album. the guest spots were plentiful yet lackluster (shyne bun b drake on it’s good). Lyrics L. Overall i listened to it then put watch the throne back in. the albums are not equal in rating. at any aspect.

  • swype-matic

    Wow, this is worse than when G-unit was in XXL’s pocket…but at least they were actually making good music.

    Lyrics – L (based solo on the guests)
    Beats – XL
    Originality – L

    That’s how it should be, but what exactly is so original about this album? Is it the lame watered down 5th grade punchlines, or “swag”?

  • Cold Blooded

    Thats what Game stands for. He studies the game and other artist flows. The man can rap his ass off like he shows on his so many bars freestyles. Lil Wayne shit is dope. Nothing out of the ordinary for him. Killer Mike album is better than any album thats come out this year. Song for song and subject matter he killin both of these niggas

  • lesotho

    How the hell does RED get an L and this bullshit get an XL? XXL has no credibility, just industry’s scavengers.

  • Effyou

    Wayne’s flow has gotten worse,he don’t know if he wanna rap,be a rockstar,ride a skateboard..the nigga’s all over the place..he actually sounded better when he was on that lean…anybody who thinks those bars wayne spit were hot,probably has school in the morning..how do u love AND hate wayne @ the same time..waynes fans are just as confused as he is…smh

  • zayzkidd

    SOUTHCIDAL!!!

  • keaton

    Carter IV….idk as a wayne fan i was kinda let down.i do like that the carter 4 has a darker feel to it than other albums but there was nothing great about it. no tracks really stood out like this is the shit that makes it a classic. only track i didnt like was that abortion track it didnt belong on the album. but overall as a whole i dig the carter 4 so an L or and XL seems appropriate.

  • Manny

    No way this matches up to Watch The Throne..though XXL gave them the exact same ratings. SMH

  • TDE

    I LIKE WAYNE BUT THIS ALBUM WAS TRASH

  • Fireforreal

    Time to stop logging on to this site. If this album gets an XL The carter 2 should have received a XXXXXXL or this mediocore shit.

    • livinthamauilife

      For real man Wayne peaked at Tha carter 2. I just got rid of C3 and have no plans to buy C4 but will continue to bump C2, Wayne’s last good relevant piece of work.

  • Matthew

    XXL needs to find different review people. They obviously are biased towards Wayne. No way is this an XL. Especially if The R.E.D. Album only got an L. Gonna bump the RED Album and Section.80 until Cole World. Hopefully they don’t fuck Cole over

  • YEAH!

    LMFAO THIS GUY WANTS WEEZY TO DO SOME STORY TELLING SHIT TO IMPRESS HIM lololol
    weezy aint a story teller he just snaps bitch.

    • undadogg

      and this is why he will NEVER be counted amongst the greatest mc’s

  • Mo

    I agree with A.O.N this album isnt complete garbage but cannot be compared at all to carter 3 especially in originality (in fact I think this would have been a great mixtape!). I’ve heard this album twice already and can tell it was rushed. The song “mega man” has a striking resemblance to his song “ransom” for example. I was also disappointed at how the “outro” doesnt even feature lil wayne (WTF!) In the end, this album is full of recycled punchlines and a shit ton of features but neither will save this album’s sales. XXL review be trippin yo

    • undadogg

      outro didn’t feature lil wayne because it is the last of a three-part posse cut (Intro, Interlude, & Outro, didn’t u notice they had the same beat?)

  • leveler

    If u listen to his previous albums and then this u can see its a growth thing. The older Wayne get the more his albums feel more laid back. Waynes concept is his own. I understand u Wayne. Full the haters

  • silver

    From bad to excellent I give it a great. If u know Wayne then u know he’s gona sell regardless. His way of thouht has changed so he’s getting used to himself and the changes n the world. Then he focusing on young moneys greatness. Juz buy the dam album caus wither way Ur gona learn to love it

  • tims

    the Album is crazy i know it wont change alot bt try playing it from last track to first it sounds super crazy!!!!!

  • ben

    shoulda been XXXXXXXXXXXLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YOUNG MULAH BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    YMCMB, BITCH!!

  • beatzrhymez&life

    I like Lil Wayne and found Carter IV to be average it’s not great but it’s not terrible, I did like GAME’s CD better as well as Watch The Throne & surprisingly Ace Hood. I guess I was expecting more.

  • Hitem-wit-dat-Wayne-Train

    Nah that sh*t should of been XXL…Honestly I think this Album is Dope as F*ck and I’ve been waiting for it everysince Tha Carter III….After hearing all of the negative reviews and comments posted about the album I was a little afraid that it would be a huge dissapointment but as soon as I popped that disc in yesterday I knew I would not be dissapointed…..Wayne is the best at what he do…Hands Down….and for all them muthafuckas that wanna clown saying im D*ckridin……it aint even like that but #’s dont lie……YMCMB alll DAY…aint no one f*ckin with that…..#C4

    • undadogg

      The album was decent, but just becuz it put up #s don’t mean it was up to par.

  • http://xxl bubbs

    i swear so fuckin disappointed with this album,all the hype and bullshit it was a fukin scam . Dont worry wayne wont be fooled again.

  • gio

    Obviously they cut a deal w/ Young Money since this album clearly doesnt deserve an XL rating but they didnt wanna make Mack and Wayne pissed they prlly said if we dont get a good rating No Nicki No Drake No Weezy in your publication for a year or some shit like that. Its so obvious. They were like ‘ aight well give him XL but we cant do XXL cuz that’d be way too obvious’ . . I’m not even mad ad it who cares its a REVIEW. . . like. . do reviews even matter anymore anyway??

  • Mayday

    Tha Carter IV is as worse as The rebirth album. And on another note, Lil Wayne doesn’t have the stamina to go at Jay-Z nor the bank. Now as yo chick about that baby money.

  • jonny bizness

    The album sounds rushed and too many generic songs(how to love and hate springs to mind.Wayne should have stuck with the producers on C3 such as Kanye but Baby probably never paid them.

  • boi

    all style no substance to this,

    the only substance is how to love and mirror.

    wtt murks it from a artist point of view, but c4 wins on sales.

    nuff said

    • undadogg

      cosign

  • S

    NIGGAS STAY HATE’N… THIS WAS A GREAST ALBUM. IT WASN’T AS GOOD AS I HOPE’D IT WOULD BE, BUT STILL BETTER THAN MOST OF THE SHIT THAT’S OUT NOW. ONLY THING FUCKING WITH THIS IS WATCH THE THRONE. AND I DON’T THINK THAT WAS BETTER, JUST CLOSE.

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    The word hate gets tossed around like a project ho. In this case, whose the pimp and whose the trick? no doubt, i love my job and rep my company hard but its a point where u just gotta be real.

    the carter Iv is far from a XL rating.

    1. The album is beyond unorginal. If anything, Wayne took IV steps back. I semi got exicited (no homo) on tracks like megaman and 6’7. (i’m sure cory gunz wrote them joints) They kinda picked up on carter III’s creativity.

    2. Wayne is in love with death and death metaphors. the album is filled with it and metaphors about picking the world up etc.

    3. the best song/songs are the interlude and outro and he ain’t on them joints.

    Its a shame that nobody wants to stand out and call a mc out because of mixed emotions and the fact that it maybe bad for buisness. Honestly this bs is bad for buisness. i don’t think i can buy another magazine.

  • bamerican

    “And herein lies the main misfortune of Tha Carter IV: Pussy, money, weed is a story that’s been told and retold, and at this moment in the superstar’s post-jail existence, the narrative is begging to expand.”

    This unimaginative gibberish still gets an XL for originality? I’d hate to see what he would’ve had to do to get a L.

  • teddy

    c’mon son this album was ass you dudes dont even know how to rate ur just dick riders so this album was better than watch the throne? pfff album fucking sucks has 1 good song she will and a few mediocare listenable songs no wonder no one fucks with xxl anymore

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/reviews/2011/08/lil-wayne-tha-carter-iv/ Black-E

    jfl11 is spot on… good but it doesnt come even close to Tha Carter IV

  • UKNOWN

    Now how fucked up is it that the best joint on WEEZY’s album is the joint that he dont even rhyme on yo? Son jus gon let these niggas Hov his album tho on some Memphis Bleek shit. Aint like he was givin Gudda Gudda a chance to spit summa his struggle bars on this joint. Nah he let two certified beasts hop on this joint…n both a them went apeshit on this muthafucka. Son mighta jus heard these niggas snap on this beat n was like….”ummmm…. ya kno….Imma jus chill n let yall have this joint cos I left my rhymes at home n shit yall….Imma add my verse to this shit tomorrow….I gotta sore throat anyways….” n then he jus aint never even bothered. Nothin for Drake to see here yo………Interlude-Tech N9ne and 3 stacks absolute MURDER

  • rider2399

    alright this album wasnt bad but it wasnt that good. the highlights of the album were the interlude and the outro and both of which weezy wasnt on. the only thing im really complaining about is the originality and lyrics… originality should be an M because nothing has changed and its the same thing every year…. and the lyrics should be an L because they were witty and clever on some verses and the verses dropped by the guests especially Nas and Andre 3000 were on point and amazing…. overall this album is not as bad as Rebirth but its not as good as Tha Carter III i would give this an L…. and i have one more complaint and thats about The RED Album which i believe clearly deserves an XL but oh well music is based on opinion after all

  • http://www.facebook.com/L.Q.ENT L.Q.

    Honestly the best part of the entire album was the producers, the interlude, and the outro (which were songs Wayne wasn’t even on”. It wasn’t original or even that great lyrically. Mildly overrated in my opinion

  • Mk

    XL ? This is embarrassing. Im tired of dudes dick riding this dude like he special. Hip Hop is dead. Congrats, keep it dead

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  • buck diddy

    i lost alot of respect for this magazine this album deserves a L and game XL lets be real yall got paid.and this is coming from a wayne fan

  • buck diddy

    go and read the other xxl reviews they cant be serious

  • Michael Hetticher

    This rating is some bullshit! Definitely does not deserve this…Barely a “L”

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  • Tacoma

    How bout I’m calling it the most over rated album of 2011. The sickest tracks on the album Wayne wasn’t even on. XL common more like a smeadium.

  • El Lambo

    This is BULLSHITTT!!!!!!!!!!! This “album” isnt even worth an L. XXL Be slippin these days

  • Miz

    This is an insault to Jay-Z, Kanye, Kendrick, Game and all the other artists who worked hard to get an XL. It used to mean somthing to an XL. But not anymore

  • DATRUTH

    You guys have lost another reader after this review…Baby must be shelling out those dollars, I guess payola isn’t confined to just DJ’s these days ,,This album falls between M and L..don’t believe the hype.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/reviews/2011/08/lil-wayne-tha-carter-iv/#respond Rec

    You’re kiddin right? Everything XL and Games R.E.D. L? Stop riding Wayne’s dick and lets keep it real for once.

  • keebs

    Beats: L
    Lyrics: L
    Originality: L

    Rating system is fucked. This album is okay I guess, with some highlight songs that will be given a few listens such as She Will, Blunt Blowin and So Special. But other than that I really dont see what is so amazing about this album. Though, Lil Wayne fans will always be pleased by “Tha Carter” series no matter how many people say this album is an “L” rating rather than an XL. Kinda bewilders me how people will buy this album more than WTT

  • Breezy E tha Ghee

    OUT OF TOTAL HONESTY – LOVE WAYNE. LOVE HIS MOVEMENT AND RESPECT HIS MOVEMENT AND ALL. THA CARTER IV, HOWEVER, I WOULD RATE IT AS AN “L”. WAYNE BASICALLY RAPPED ABOUT WEED, B*TCHES, P***Y, AND SHOOTING N*GGAS. THAT GETS OLD AFTER A WHILE. N*GGAS NEED TO FIND SOMETHING NEW TO RAP ABOUT, SOMETHING MEANINGFUL OR MORE DEEPER. AND OUT OF 18 SONGS [DELUXE EDITION] WHEN I THROW THIS IN I ALWAYS FIND MYSELF LISTENING TO THE SAME 4 SONGS!! (INTRO,6 FOOT 7 FOOT,HOW TO HATE,& JOHN) #SCRATCHINGMYHEAD I GUESS THAT’S THE EFFECT THAT THE “GREATEST RAPPER ALIVE” WILL HAVE ON YOU! HA!! BUT NAW. OVERALL I GIVE IT A “L”. NOT HIS BEST WORK BUT NOT HIS WORST. A 6.5-7.5/10 STARS

  • HIPHOPDXdotcom

    XXLmag reviews are so unreliable.

  • amblors

    XL for real? you serious?
    you’ve lost cred.

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  • 007

    Dick riding should be a criminal offence XXL. The person who reviewed this is seriously bipolar. One minute you say the album isnt orginal and gets high rating for that like wtf? The review is the opposite of what the ratings is saying.

  • kalamity86

    not even heard it yet and i know its no more deserving of a l….at best

  • Chris

    i dont think they were voting on his lyrics when it was being listened too, they were talking about all the good features, this gets an L in my opinion, he had alot of bad lines, theres even site with his “60 worst line from the carter IV” thats not even a good look. the beat for the intro and so forth was a good ass beat, overall this album blew.

  • Manny_Kid

    I just turned this album and played the intro and it’s just the same old shit So I banged R.E.D album back on.

    I have never understood all the fuss surrounding Lil Wayne his lyrics are poor all he spits about are money, girls and weed (very poorly)

    XXL you have dissapointed me with this rating, coming from a Hardcore XXL reader since the age of 12.

  • noneofyourbusiness

    deserves an l + he used all hid good lyrics on sorry for the wait

  • gelly

    xxl you are becoming like the source…i bought tha carter 4 and i skimmed thru r.e.d. and to be honest game shit is tighter, i know baby and wayne are on the cover damn near twice a year but fuck me, love how did u give this shit a xl? the nigga should get a M for that intro opening bar…i wont be renewing with y’all magazine no sir not me!!!

  • Beans

    Tha review itself aknowledges lack of originality and use of tha same formula but rates its different [*__*] If an artist is selling and helpin ya’ll with sales [mag cover] that dont mean u give us bullshit 4that. xxlmag been doin this with Shady and Gunit.
    3stacks, BunB made Wayne re-arrange tha album format. xxl sucks

    Nas & Techn9ne Verses >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> All Wayne’s songs

  • http://www.Facebook.com/MikeMikeZOME Mike-MikeZOME

    I’m a Big FAN of Lil Wayne((Favorite Rapper). To Me, This was The “Worst” CARTER Ever of Em’ All. Seems Like He was too Focus on His “Competition” Instead of Trying to Make an Album(Natural) Like He Trying to Prove something to someone. A lot of Lines was Recycle with a Lil Change up in it, He must was Playing around. I Wasn’t Feeling it at All!

  • lilrizq

    the hottest track is “abortion” and this reviewer is highlighting songs like “she will” or those intros and outros…smh, pop lovers. this album should switch ratings with Smoke DZA, Neako, and The Game because “The Carter 4″ is a L at best.

  • Kass

    This album sucked ass how can you give Lil Wayne XL and Violence Begets Violence by Jedi Mind Tricks L the shit is all political isnt it. xxl you are a disgrace and your killing hip hop culture for money

  • mr perfect *no relations*

    i mean if you guys like the same wack metaphors then this deserves a xxl

  • http://mixtaperadio.net mixtapes

    certainly like your website but you have to test the spelling on several of your posts. Many of them are rife with spelling problems and I in finding it very bothersome to tell the truth however I’ll surely come back again.

  • psychosis

    RED was better……
    Nas had the best verse on this whole album

  • http://espn.com michael

    i love this album it is underrated by “hip hop heads” who only carry over the negative conception that all lil wayne is like rebirth. not true carter IV was really good in my point of view and i bet if they changed lil wayne’s voice to each person’s favorite rapper, this album would be called a classic.
    but i admit lil wayne acts gay lol.

  • zink

    THIS BITCH DOES DESERVE A PUNCH XL

  • STFU

    ALL OF YOU GUYS STFU. JUSTIN BIEBER SHOULD BE GETTING XL INSTEAD OF EMINEM LIL WAYNE AND GAME!!

  • STFU

    …IM JK I JUST WANTED TO BREAK THE TENSION.

  • Mike

    WHAT!!!. THATS AN XXL. THATS MAX! YA’LL COULDNT EVEN MAKE AND ALBUM AND SELL 1,000 COPIES IN A WEEK, YA’LL DONT KNOW HOW TO RATE. DUMBASS!