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In 2007, Lil Wayne was arrested in New York City for criminal possession of a weapon and marijuana.
After being delayed for three years, Wayne pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year’s imprisonment on Riker’s Island.
Upon release, after serving eight months, Wayne began work on “Tha Carter IV.”
Released on Aug. 29, 2011, more than a million copies were sold in the United States in the first week.
In November, “Tha Carter IV” was certified double platinum after selling two million copies in the U.S. alone.
Wayne definitely brings his best with this album. All of his beats flow with his lyrics and there are no real dry points in his songs.
Alas, the album isn’t all peaches and cream. Although the majority of songs are good, Wayne’s lyrical content is sometimes sad.
In “Blunt Blowin’” Wayne raps, “All about my riches/my name should be Richard.” This line makes you shake your head and wonder what Wayne was thinking when he wrote it.
But if you think that’s the only lame rap on the album, you’re wrong.
Once you think the worst is over, you get hit with another rhyme that makes you question how Wayne got famous.
In “6 Foot 7 Foot” Wayne raps, “ Real G’s move in silence like lasagna.” This line in particular kind of makes you laugh at how pathetic it is.
“Tha Carter IV” may in part owe some of its success to the high quality of its guest stars. Fellow rapper Rick Ross gained fame in the early 2000s and guest stars on the song “John.”
Andre Benjamin aka Andre 3000, gained fame in the 90s with his group OutKast and guest stars on “Interlude.” Other famous artists include Drake, T-Pain, John Legend and Bruno Mars.
In addition to some lame rhymes, the sexual references in “Tha Carter IV” get tiresome after the first few tracks, but hey if you like Lil Wayne, then you know he raps frequently about sex.
Prior to its release, “Tha Carter IV” was hyped and talked about almost more than Justin Bieber’s hair, but unlike Bieber, Wayne actually has some talent. Collectively, this is a very good album from Lil Wayne.
As with all of his albums, “Tha Carter IV” contains explicit material and may not be suited for all audiences.