Saturday, June 28, 2008

Lil Wayne - Tha Carter III

The record-breaking one-million-units shipped during its first week of sales in the U.S. alone is just the tip of the iceberg in a long path to place 25 year-old Lil Wayne as the greatest rapper alive. Nine years after his first album and following a recent series of incredibly good mix tapes put online for free during the last months (of which Da Drought III is particularly good), Tha Carter III culminates everything in the most successful way possible. With contributions from the likes of Kanye West, Bangladesh, Just Blaze, Streetrunner, Swizz Beatz and Alchemist as producers, this music is a permanent sonic fest, taking literally everything that is relevant in today's hip-hop and some more, incorporating it in Lil Wayne's vision. With a life full of dramatic moments (two times shot, near death experiences, etc.), he could spend the rest of his time gloating about past glories, but instead, this is someone that prefers to offer a sincere picture of who he is today, exposing his personality, his contradictions and with that, giving us the perfect soundtrack for this exact moment in time. Celebrating the present with a sense of confidence, risk-taking and even including all the impurities that make life more exciting, Tha Carter III totally deserves all the laurels that it has been receiving. Adventurous, electic, urgent and imperfect (in the best sense of the word), this is literally the work of a (his) lifetime. (8,5/10)

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