Lil Wayne’s ‘Tha Carter V’ Is Finally Here

It seems impossible, that after a four year delay, that Lil Wayne has freed himself and his creativity out from beneath the contractional obligations with Birdman, and has finally released Tha Carter VAnd not only is it here, but it’s everything that fans were hoping for. Nostalgic, triumphant, and poignant to the time that’s passed since we’ve seen a new Lil Wayne album, Tha Carter V bears truth, and loss. It’s a tell-all of one of the darkest epics the rap industry has ever known.

“Put the gun up to my heart and pondered,” Wayne spits. “Too much was on my conscience to be smart about it, Too torn apart about it, I aim where my heart was pounding.”

 

Lil Wayne’s suicide attempt was first addressed in his bars for Solange’s A Seat at the Table. The incident occurred when Lil Wayne was 12 years old, and his mother had instructed he stop rapping, reminding fans that for Lil Wayne, there is no life outside the game. But how to grapple with these declarations when the famed prodigy has been gone, and quiet, for so long?

By listening to Tha Carter V, that’s how. Tha Carter’s fifth installment is a vulnerable and compelling narrative of a man robbed of the very thing he lived to do in his thirties, just as he was during childhood. Miraculously, though unsurprisingly, many of the tracks on Tha Carter V could fit into any of hip-hop’s last five years, leading us to believe Lil Wayne was never truly gone.

For the making of Tha Carter V, Lil Wayne brought in members of rap’s high court: Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, Travis Scott, Snoop Dogg. Surrounded by the support of fans and fellow rappers, Lil Wayne enters the ring, ready to defend his title as one of the best rappers to ever live. And he does.

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