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.
So Swizz Beatz and Lil Wayne have released a new song, ‘Dear Anne (Stan Part 2). Apparently Swizz Beatz approached Lil Wayne with the concept of reinterpreting Eminem’s classic, ‘Stan’. Wayne accepted and throughout the song writes a letter to his number one fan over the minimalist beat. In Em’s song Stan writes constantly to his favorite artist obsessively until, since Slim Shady never writes him back, he commits a murder suicide over his obsession. Lil Wayne decided to use the opportunity to write from his own perspective, to his number one fan, in an effort to prevent Anne from experiencing the same fate as Stan.
It’s pretty well known I’m not a Lil Wayne fan, but he inconsistently drops some pretty good tunes, even some awesome ones occasionally and this ones one of those good Lil Wayne songs.
Take a hint from the Abstract Poet….
Check this chick and dude out. pretty dirty.
This morning on the train to work, all I listened to was Kendrick Lamar and Modest Mouse, and odd combination but it seemed to work. I stared out the window and wondered when Modest Mouse would be dropping their next album, since I am, admittedly a huge Modest Mouse fan.
Well imagine my surprise when…
Seriously one of the coolest collaborations ever. If any rapper can do it, it would be someone like Big Boi, who’s genre bending hip-hop finds inspiration from all over the place. And Modest Mouse? well they’re pretty much indie rock’s equivalent, a genre bending, drunken, messy philosophical soundscapes are good enough to satisfy just about everyone and anyone in between.
While little information has surfaced about Modest Mouse’s next album, this little bit of information is just about enough in itself to carry me over until their next release.
Maybe Big Boi’s ‘Tangerine’, which feature’s some rock touches, can give us some insight into what’s about to happen in the Portland studio with Big Boi and Modest Mouse, but probably not.
Meanwhile, ‘Heart Cooks Brain’ touches on hip-hop scratches a bit…
Whatever happen’s, I have no idea what to expect, the artists involved in this collaboration are some of the most unpredictable in their respective genres.
Meanwhile, enjoy this Lil Wayne, Modest Mouse mashup…
Busta Rhyme’s epic ‘Look at Me Now’ verse decoded, and some heavy club jammin’ to follow it up. This song has a lot to offer, this is a dirty remix. I can see the No Big Deal Remix of ‘Look at Me Now’ becoming a big party jam.
Look at Me Now ft. Busta Rhymes & Lil Wayne (No Big Deal Remix) – Chris Brown
Just checked out the complete line-up for Bonnaroo this year, and it sucks to not have enough money to afford a ticket right now. While there are a few artists I’d rather avoid — pretty much unavoidable, bound to happen at any festival — for the most part, this line-up is all I could ever want in a music festival.
Here’s a little taste of the line-up: The Black Keys, Buffalo Springfield, Iron & Wine, The Decemberists, Bassnectar, Girl Talk, Explosions in the Sky, Gogol Bordello, Big Boi, Ratatat, Atmosphere, Chiddy Bang, The Drums, Wiz Khalifa, Beirut and Arcade Fire. Oh yeah, and Eminem, and Lil Wayne…you can check out the full lineup at Bonnaroo’s website.
Where Is My Mind (Bassnectar Remix) – Pixies
Your Hand in Mine (Live) – Explosions in the Sky
Psychotic Girl – the Black Keys