By Jose Roa ’20
The rumor ended on Sept. 28 when the one and only Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., also known as rapper Lil Wayne, dropped his 12th solo album, Tha Carter V. Lil. Lil Wayne has been promising to drop this album since 2013. This release date was postponed when Cash Money Record’s head, Birdman, broke the contract with Lil Wayne. This disagreement turned into a lawsuit where Lil Wayne won in the end.
After the Lawsuit was handled, Lil Wayne decided to announce in a video that Tha Carter V would be releasing on his birthday. Lil Wayne later explained that Tha Carter V would be his last album.
What got fans attention was the song featuring artists: Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, Travis Scott, Ashanti, Nivea, and Snoop Dogg among others. The one artist that created the greatest uproar in the internet for the album was the recently deceased Florida rapper, XXXTentacion. XXXTentacion was a big role model to the younger generations. This song shows how the rapper will never be forgotten, and his work will always be a part of rap culture and will be a role model to many upcoming rappers.
In my opinion, Tha Carter V is amazing. Now, many will say that Lil Wayne is overrated, but Lil Wayne is a living legend who help change rap culture. Others might say that the expectation of the album was set too high or has faded over time. I would agree that the wait was too long and that the expectation of most fans was not met due to the fact that rappers nowadays have a different style than the older rappers such as Tupac and Lil Wayne.
- Number of songs: 23
- Released: Sept. 28
- Genre: Hip hop