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Lil Wayne's Tha Carter series, from best to worst
By SP_COP on December 05, 2014 | From
Lil Wayne's Tha Carter series, from best to worst On Thursday, Lil Wayne sent off a series of tweets that many found shocking, castigating his Cash Money label head (and surrogate father) Birdman over the delay of his upcoming album Tha Carter V, which Wayne has said will be his last solo album.

“I want off this label and nothing to do with these people, but unfortunately it ain’t that easy,” he wrote, adding that the work, most recently scheduled for release on Tuesday, won’t see the light of day any time soon. Though there have been rumors of trouble between the two, this represents an about-face for a supremely loyal artist who has been on the label since he was 11, staying while other signees departed.

It’s a shame, because the two made great music together, and the decade-old Carter series has defined Wayne’s career. Though 2011’s Carter IV was a stinker, there’s reason to be optimistic this time around, including some decent early singles and a reunion with Cash Money beatmaker Mannie Fresh. So, to tide us over until V actually arrives, here’s the takeaway on the four previous Carters, ranked and rated.

Tha Carter IV (2011)
On Tha Carter IV Lil Wayne went off the rails. Having conquered the music industry with Tha Carter III, Wayne seemingly felt he had little to prove. What else could explain lines as lazy and humorless as “I woke up this morning, *** rock hard/ Ashed my blunt in my Grammy award”? Well, there was another theory; following his release from Rikers Island (where he served eight months on a weapons conviction) he was required to give up his beloved sizzurp, which stunted his creativity. He was still rhyming about the same things he always was – money, women, his toughness – but without the cleverness, without the sharpness.

It’s not that there are no good songs on the album, but he’s not even on one of the best, “Interlude,” featuring Tech N9ne and Andre 3000. And it remains perplexing how Wayne could believe the word “lasagna” contains a silent ‘g.’ Perhaps the best thing to be said about IV is that it wasn’t as bad as his 2010 “rock” album, Rebirth....
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