Tha Carter IV has leaked and I am sure the praise will quickly follow, so to clear up the mess that is people’s distorted attitudes towards Lil Wayne, I’ll give you guys a little review. If you’re not into the review, you can just get the album and check it for yourself here.
The album starts out with ‘Intro’, a beat which is used three times throughout the album (‘Intro’, ‘Interlude’, and ‘Outro’). Thankfully this is the only time Wayne himself tackles the beat. It’s a simple typical Wayne style beat with simple typical Wayne style lyrics. I get the impression he’s trying to seem like the deep and complex lyricist everyone thinks he is on this track, but he’s really just trying to hard.
Let me do the next two tracks at once, because they’re not to different. The beats are literally almost the same, with no shame at all. Its as if he knows at this point he doesn’t have to try and he’ll still get sales, he’s got MTVs attitude towards Jersey Shore. Hey the show sucks but people still watch it, we can do whatever we want. ‘Blunt Blowin’ actually has a potentially good chorus with begins as a possible catchy vocal hook, but ends up just disappointing. Here’s an example of his lyrical genius on that track “Man when that cookie crumble/everybody want a crumb/shoot that hummingbird down/hummingbird don’t hum”. Is that a statement on the connection between the US military industrial complex, global economic downturn and corporate influence on government, sounds like it, must’ve taken a fucking genius. Oh by the way, ‘Megamind’, same track, there, two tracks at once.
Next is ‘6 Foot 7 Foot’. What a relief. This song is actually good, with a solid and creative beat, some of Lil Wayne’s better lyrics, and then Cory Gunz, who makes the song. Lil Wayne just goes in hard in this, you can hear the passion in his voice, something which is a rare occurrence, like the Hailey’s Comet of rap. Then after Lil Wayne, Cory goes in and literally destroys the track. That quick flow is unbelievable, I’m glad Gunz made it to this album, because I’ve heard Wayne once gave Cory Gunz a guest spot, just to remove it because Gunz owned him.
‘Nightmares of the Bottom’ has some potential. I enjoy the cool descending piano beat and strings, it’s definitely a big change up from the previous songs on the album. I’m disappointed by the drums though, the snare pattern sounds way to similar to every other song, with a clap that sounds exactly the same as the claps in his other songs. It just doesn’t fit a song like this, more effort should have been put into this beat because there is a lot of potential, but someone got lazy.
‘She Will’ is another one of the tracks on this album that’s not absolutely terrible. It’s nothing special either though, very typical. It’s so typical it might be boring. Lil Wayne, with a Drake feature, and some serious minor keyish sounding beat about pussy popping, and wishing for love, and bad girls and stuff.
Next is ‘How to Hate’ featuring T Pain. Okay next song, because I was in literal physical pain about 30 seconds into this song. That’s it.
Tech N9ne tackle’s ‘Interlude’. His flow really fits the beat well, a lot better then Wayne’s did in ‘Intro’. Tech N9ne is able to keep un-horrorcore enough to make the track actually good. Up to this point, probably the best track besides possibly ‘6 Foot 7 Foot’.
‘Ak 47 is my fucking address’. Obviously Wayne is trying to say something about how hard he is here on ”, featuring Rick Ross. First of all no one will ever remember him like John Lennon, that’s an insult to John Lennon. Once again, extremely typical Lil Wayne song. The only time this song changes from your typical Weezy song is when Rick Ross comes in. But yeah, Weezy is trying to make himself sound hard here. Two facts for you 1.) Everyone knows this, but Lil Wayne shot himself, so there’s his gun experience 2.) One time at a show, he got hit in the head with a water bottle, his reaction..walk off stage. Sounds real fucking hard. Oh and Rick Ross has a chopper.
I actually kind of like the next track, ‘Abortion’, especially the first minute or so. Weezy’s vocals do sound a little off for some reason though. But great vocal sample and some of Lil Wayne’s better lyrics, especially during the chorus, which he drops with some impressive swagger. “I’m a critical thinker/I’m a hell of a smoker/and a bit of a drinker”. Simple, but hat line just has a really cool, catchy ring to it.
Just give ‘So Special’ to John Legend. But then again, Lil Wayne does drop this legendary line “Just sit on my grill/that’s a tailgate for you”. I’m holding back tears. If your looking for a rap love song that’s not soft, it’s ‘Me and My Bitch’ or nothing.
I’m pretty sure ‘How to Love’ was basically conceptually the exact same song as ‘So Special’, but with a softer beat, and without the saving grace of John Legend.
After that though, is another highlight off the album, ‘President Carter’. First of all, whoever thought to sample President Carter’s inauguration was a fucking genius, hands down. The beat is really chill to, like this is once of those rare songs by Lil Wayne that’s just all around good. He really should’ve just ended it all on this track, because it’s one of the best, if not the best on the album.
‘Its Good’ is a bunch of recycled rhymes and an attempted diss track at Jay Z. Listen Lil Wayne, you are fucking delusional if you think you are even close to as good as Jay Z. You wouldn’t exist without Jay Z, rap would be a completely different game without Jay Z. He held his own against Biggie, he released one of the greatest debut albums of all time, he created Kanye West, he helped define East Coast rap, he is a living legend who continues to release quality music. Okay its not as good as it used to be, but it’s still on a whole different level, way above anything Lil Wayne has ever done.
Lil Wayne didn’t want ‘Look at me Now’ on his new album, because he thought it would be soft to have a song that Chris Brown raps on on his album. I’m guessing that’s why he brought in Busta Rhymes to rap on ‘Outro’ and basically repeat his flow. He also brought in the always good Nas, as well as Shyne and Bun B for ‘Outro’, but I’m pretty sure it was just Weezy’s attempt to recreate the magic that was ‘Look at Me Now’. Unsuccessful.
End Verdict: Stereotypical Lil Wayne through and through. Recycled music. Occasional bright spots, but I will never again listen to 80 percent of the songs on this album.
And ‘Watch the Throne’ has finally dropped, and almighty duo has finally dropped their first full length collaboration. I’ll tell you one thing off the bat, I wish this collaboration happened earlier. If it’s this good now, imagine how good it would’ve been like six years ago. Unbelievable.
The album starts off decent, with a Frank Ocean guest spot in ‘No Church in the Wild’. The beat is pretty cool, I like the guitar sample, and Frank Ocean is always good. The imagery in the lyrics seems a little forced though. Then it leads in to a clubby Beyonce feature. An obvious future single, and that’s just about it as far as substance goes. ‘Niggas in Paris’ probably has he best verses of the album so far. It’s kind of a transition into the better sections of the album. Then ‘Otis’, which is a great track, I originally thought it was to repetitive, but I’m falling for it a bit more each time. ‘Gotta Have It’ has a cool beat that’s kind of a collage of Kanye’s beats over the years. ‘New Day’ is a pretty good introspective track about each rapper’s future sons. It provides a smooth, much needed calming point in the album. Then there’s ‘That’s My Bitch’, which is definitely a stand out track on the album. The moment I heard it I knew Q-Tip had a hand in making that beat. ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ comes through as a pretty good headnoddin’ track following ‘That’s My Bitch’. The guitar sample is great and the staggering snares through the verse drive the track pretty well.
‘Who Gon Stop Me’ was apparently called up for the album by the record label, which doesn’t surprise me, but it wasn’t a bad decision. This is a pretty good dubstep banger actually. I’m definitely going to hear it way to much in the following month though. ‘Murder to Excellence’ is a great sudden escape from the excess of dubstep. In interesting track split between a Murder half and an Excellent half.
‘Made in America’ is probably Frank Ocean’s better feature, but when he says Sweet Baby Jesus all I can think of is Talladega nights. I love the Mr. Hudson sample on the following track, ‘Why I Love You’. That song with Caspa he had, ‘Love Never Dies’, was unbelievable, so it’s good to hear it come back, and possibly have a decent resurgence off this track.
I got the bonus version, so I’ll mention those tracks as well. ‘Illest Motherfucker Alive’ is decent, no stand out off of this album though. Then there’s H.A.M. The last two bonus tracks are awesome though. ‘Primetime’ contains an awesome old school sample with a great piano progression. Then that’s followed by ‘The Joy’, a Curtis Mayfield sample, one of the best tracks on the album. I’m so confused as to why ‘Primetime’ and ‘The Joy’ are bonus tracks when they’re two of the best tracks.
‘Watch the Throne’ is an album of some good tracks, some bangers, sprinkled with touches of absolute genius, and some amazing tracks. Get past the for sale pop filler, trim some of the fat, and this album contains some truly legendary material.
Check it, we just got the link to The Cool Kid’s ‘When Fish Ride Bicycles’. So far after listening to about half the album, ‘Penny Hardaway’ is still my favorite. None of the tracks really compare to some of their older classics ‘A Little Bit Cooler’, but it may grow on me over time, I dunno. They all have potential, I mean, no doubt The Cool Kids have created a unique and awesome sound. Plus ‘Sour Apples’ is probably the best hip-hop song Travis Barker has ever done. Despite what he thinks, for the most part besides that song and the Transplants, his rap shit isn’t that great.
‘When Fish Ride Bicycles’ has some great party potential, it doesn’t really challenge you to think, but then again that was never really what The Cool Kids were about, they were about being cool, and they achieve it time after time, they remain some of the coolest in the game. The epitome of the name of a group describing their sound.
Apparently Kanye didn’t make this beat, someone just made a very Kanye-esque beat and layered his vocals from various performances over it. Personally I think that’s even cooler. To know there’s someone out there making beats like that, filling that old school Kanye beat void. That’s pretty ill, I mean the song is sick. Kanye should thank that guy for turning ‘Mama’s Boyfriend’ into such an awesome song.
Kanye unveiled this song a while ago, but the final mastered version just leaked and it sounds great. Love that old school Kanye sound.
Finally got the leak for Death Cab’s latest, ‘Codes and Keys’. You can download it here. Great album from an always consistent band, with a few very solid tracks. Their more lighthearted mood does nothing to detract their unbelievable song output. The album can also be streamed here on NPR.
Tyler and his therapist are back. ‘Goblin’ has leaked. It leaked a few days ago I’m pretty sure, but I haven’t gotten around to it until today. The first song seems like an intense presentation of Tyler slowly slipping away from the last bit of his own sanity due to his own anger and personal problems. I’m about to spend the next hour checking out ‘Goblin’. Yes.