At this point in his career Lil Wayne has nothing left to prove. He is a pop culture icon and a hip hop legend. Yet, he is at the top of his game, delivering his best album in over a decade. In many ways, Tha Carter V feels like a victory lap for one of the genre’s greats. Moments like “Dedicate” showcase vintage Wayne, while songs like “Let It Fly” see him exploring more contemporary sounds. Wayne’s content is also more mature throughout this album, with some of his most personal and introspective tracks to date. Moments like ”Famous” and “Open Letter” see him reflecting on the ups and downs he’s experienced in his life and career. This album’s only detriment is its 90-minute runtime, but it’s not enough to bring it down as a whole. Tha Carter V is Wayne’s return to form and is well worth the wait.
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