As of today, Tha Carter IV is the best selling rap album this year. CIV is the fourth installment of a series that shows us the evolution of Dewayne Carter. It went on to sell 964,000 copies it’s first week. Topping the highly anticipated, Watch The Throne. But is Tha Carter IV worth the hype?
In my opinion, Tha Carter IV is a parody of predecessors. The once self proclaimed “best rapper alive” shows us that it is pretty much factual that his prime is up.
Weezy teases us with mere silhouettes of former self on respectable tracks such as “It’s Good”, “Nightmares from the Bottom” and “Blunt Blowing.” Then, unwittingly, humiliates himself by being upstaged by just about every feature. Mostly reputed on the “Outro” and “Interlude” where Wayne doesn’t even appear. The lead single, “6’7” was an insulting to the fans’ intelligence. It was nothing more than “A Milli” taken apart and rebuilt.
So what happened to the old Weezy F. Baby? If you look back to 2007 you will remember Wayne had one of the worst year of his career. Tha Carter III saw countless push backs mainly due to leaks. The Drought Is Over series sucked Wayne dry (no homo) of his creativity. Remember when Wayne said he’ll never do a mixtape again? Vibe magazine counted down the top 77 Lil Wayne songs of ’07. Seventy seven songs in a year.
That’s longer than Jay Electronica’s discography. The Leak, an EP that was suppose to work as a holdover for CIII, dropped around Christmas ’07 and collected dust on shelves across the globe. That was probably due to the fact that everyone had those songs earlier that year. All of these things, as well as the valet attendant rumor , play a part in why Wayne doesn’t deliver like he use to. I don’t think Wayne had much gas left after his continuous effort in putting together Tha Carter III.
So if Wayne is out of his prime who purchased Tha Carter IV? I’ve seen a few accusations of the numbers being fixed or the label bought them. That just goes to show… Ignorance is bliss. Why can’t an artist of Wayne’s stature have a successful first week? Again? Weezy’s albums in between the Carters III and IV, The Rebirth and I Am Not A Human Being sold 176K and 110K respectively. Birdman Jr. bounces back selling 964K, proving that the Carter is a very celebrated series. Maybe people are just fans of the series or Wayne more than they are fans of the material on the album. The first two were fan favorites and the third sold over one million it’s first week. We assume that we know what to expect when we buy a Carter album.
Even though some of us weren’t impressed with Tha Carter IV, we shouldn’t be surprised by the amount of success it is seeing.