Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V does not live up to hype

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JACKSON YOUNG

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After a five year break since his last album in the series, Lil Wayne dropped Tha Carter V and it is underwhelming for the amount of time everyone waited.

Now, don’t get me wrong, the album is good, but I feel like the album could have been much better. As a monument to how long this album has been in production, deceased artist XXXTentacion is a feature on this album.

Despite its just adequate status in my mind, the album is obviously a very emotional ride for Lil Wayne. Through the album, Wayne talks about his suicide attempt and things he experienced as a little boy. The intro is also a phone call from his crying mother, adding tons of emotion to the whole album. The album at some points feels more like an auditory experience. Emotions run incredibly high through this whole album, which has been Wayne’s style recently, it isn’t my cup of tea, but I respect it.

I much preferred when Wayne had much more of a hype vibe like he did in the early 2010’s, and there were a couple of songs where that old style shined through, but it was much more of his new style.

Wayne had two superstar features on this album, in Travis Scott and XXXTentacion. Travis’ feature is honestly incredible and since he recently dropped his self proclaimed masterpiece Astroworld, as this feature just adds to is awesome repertoire.

Now X’s feature wasn’t as good. It does however add to the very emotional feeling of this album.

Lil Wayne didn’t really strike gold with me on this album, but I definitely respect what he did with this album and his perfect execution of it.