Tha Carter V

Lil Wayne - Tha Carter V
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Based on 18 reviews
2018 Ratings: #577 / 850
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Like all of its previous installments, Tha Carter V is a mile-long, bloated package of unpredictable zest that’s light on introspection ... Yet its allurement lies in the fact that “Mixtape Weezy” and “Carter Wayne” are able to co-exist with ease.


Wayne’s ear for street anthems and talent for quotable punchlines remains intact, but it’s the raw introspection that makes Tha Carter V so enjoyable.


It feels like a necessary form of catharsis, a conscious clearing of Wayne’s archives from the past seven years. It’s the sort of album that might not be remembered as Wayne’s greatest but it certainly has the potential to be deemed one of his most personal and passionate.


‘Tha Carter V’ was never going to be flawlessly executed - the odds were too stacked against it - but it certainly gives the audience the thrill we were hoping for. It’s a return to form, and a triumphant return for one of the greatest of all time.

A.V. Club

Its fifth installment accurately enshrines late-stage Weezy. He’s introspective, approachable, overly generous, and occasionally flashing that old manic, extraterrestrial charisma.

The long-delayed album captures Wayne how we want to remember him: openhearted, word-drunk, and exhilarated by the possibilities of his own voice.
Rolling Stone

It’s an album full of fire and passion from an artist who doesn’t have anything left to prove.


Despite the added fat (i.e. "Perfect Strangers," "Mess," "Start This Shit Off Right"), Lil Wayne strips down to a more bare-bones version of himself, showcasing his discomforts, vulnerabilities and self-acceptance.


For all the excess and buildup, this exhibits Wayne on an upswing, lucid and invigorated.

FLOOD Magazine

Across twenty-three tracks, a few do live up to the years of Carter V mystification between thick membranes of filler.

Entertainment Weekly

Ultimately, Tha Carter V sounds like someone chasing after their own glory days, with half-hearted energy, barely even believing themselves.

Consequence of Sound

With Wayne on a lyrical and rhythmic roll for the better part of 23 tracks, enjoying Tha Carter V comes as no problem.


His career’s a testament to the power of creativity, but the misogyny of ‘Tha Carter V’ cheapens its moving moments.

The Needle Drop

Lil Wayne is in rare form on the best parts of his fifth installment of the Carter series, but bogs this album's full potential down in a number of underwhelming cuts too.

The Observer

It’s not that C5 is too little, too late; more that the baton between the generations passed some time ago.

NOW Magazine

After the long wait it’s not a disappointing effort, but it’s all over the place.

It was clear that Lil Wayne really cared about the quality of this project. It shows, while mildly dated. This album, not only bangs, but has Wayne at his most passionate in forever. It has plenty of filler, but the highs are sooooo damn high
Far too many songs, but at the same time, there aren't many I could say I disliked at all. Wayne going a more melodic approach made this album feel fresh, even after several full listens. Even though Wayne is incredibly skilled, he occasionally slacks. Some of his verses come across as lazy, but I don't blame him, Making a 23 track album does not sound easy in the slightest. Even with the occasional hiccups, this project is very enjoyable, and Mona Lisa is a masterpiece. 🥤
This already sounds so outdated lol. I still appreciate some songs of here like Dedicate, Uproar, Demon and Mona lisa but my god this is too long winded for its own good. Overall though this is leaps and bounds better than his previous releases lately and he sounds more hungry than ever.
I've never been one to judge music based on when it come out or how "dated or outdated" it is. I've always looked at music in terms of personal enjoyment of the record and I found this very enjoyable. Though Lil Wayne has not changed his sound very much since his heyday, I don't really think that a drastic change was necessary. This is Weezy being Weezy and I'm not going to penalize him for sticking to what he's good at.

Regardless of this, this album is extremely long winded and ... read more
Man what a way to start this album. XXX drops his only good contribution to music on this album. Still, though, R.I.P. Wayne is actually rhyming on these beats. These ain't no IANAHB2 corny punchlines. "Let it Fly" and "Mona Lisa" is definitely the biggest highlights on this album. Travis pretty much took over that song and Wayne was complimenting Travis very well. "Mona Lisa" was dope AF. Both Wayne and Kendrick killed it. After that it was inconsistent. The album ... read more
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Track List

  1. I Love You Dwayne
  2. Don't Cry (feat. XXXTENTACION)
  3. Dedicate
  4. Uproar
  5. Let It Fly (feat. Travis Scott)
  6. Can't Be Broken
  7. Dark Side of the Moon (feat. Nicki Minaj)
  8. Mona Lisa (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
  9. What About Me (feat. Sosamann)
  10. Open Letter
  11. Famous (feat. Reginae Carter)
  12. Problems
  13. Dope Niggaz (feat. Snoop Dogg)
  14. Hittas
  15. Took His Time
  16. Open Safe
  17. Start This Shit Off Right (feat. Ashanti & Mack Maine)
  18. Demon
  19. Mess
  20. Dope New Gospel (feat. Nivea)
  21. Perfect Strangers
  22. Used 2
  23. Let It All Work Out
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Added on: February 17, 2014