Release Date: Jun 10, 2008
Record label: Cash Money
On Tha Carter III, Lil Wayne raps like a robot – overusing the pitch-correcting Auto-Tune to ridiculous effect. He also claims to be a Martian and says he’s “rare like Mr. Clean with hair.” Wayne is either years ahead of his time, from another planet or just one of a kind. Whichever it is, his off-the-wall third instalment in the Carter series is a subversive masterpiece.
Check that out there, up in the corner, right above, on the left. Yep, that’s right -- Tha Carter III. It’s here. Really. And whatever your opinion on Lil Wayne’s increasingly polarizing as-often-ridiculous-as-it-is-flat-out-brilliant two-and-half-year-long mixtape run is, you must be curious ….
Lil Wayne :: Tha Carter IIIUniversal/Motown RecordsAuthor: Jesal 'Jay Soul' PadaniaFinally. The most anticipated album of the year is here, and, sweet relief, we can all stop anticipating it. We have the "classic" baby-featuring album cover, the ridiculous levels of hype, the Number One single, the endless delays... You have to admit that "Tha Carter III" has the perfect set up.
How Tha Carter III came to be "the most anticipated rap album of 2008" is a story that involves the usual delays and promises of a masterpiece, plus a whole lot of bullet points that could only exist in the absurd world of Lil Wayne. There's his complete annihilation of the mixtape game, the ridiculous amount of guest shots he granted since Tha Carter II made him a hip-hop superstar, that photograph of him kissing his mentor, Birdman, rumors of addiction to the sizzurp, plus the gargantuan ego and aggravating aloofness (Wayne will ignore all incoming beefs and infuriate challengers even further by offering the lethal "I don't listen to your records"). His "best rapper alive" quote is discussed to death, but if that claim includes creating perfectly crafted full-lengths in a 2Pac style, the evidence won't be found here.
Rap's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (here "Dr. Carter"/"Mr. Carter") bends and breaks, mumbles and shouts, testing an unfathomable range of voices on Tha Carter III that shrills a clusterfuck of sonic inconsistencies mixed harder than codeine and Coke. It's Wayne's personality that both floats and sinks ….