tha carter

Essays

'Tha Carter V' Is Good, But Is It Good Enough?

Lil Wayne’s long-awaited comeback album goes into overtime. Does the Greatest Rapper Alive deliver?
Al Shipley
10.1.18
A Year of Lil Wayne

Turk Reflects on Lil Wayne and the Hot Boys

In an interview with A Year of Lil Wayne, the Hot Boy reflects on their classic albums and the need for a Cash Money reunion.
Kyle Kramer
9.16.17
A Year of Lil Wayne

Happy Birthday to 'Tha Carter'

Walk in and walk out of Lil Wayne's 2004 classic.
Kyle Kramer
6.29.17
A Year of Lil Wayne

"Bring It Back" Is Still the Best Lil Wayne Dance Song You’re Not Dancing To

Most people remember this single for the line "best rapper alive since the best rapper retired," but there's more to it.
Kyle Kramer
6.27.17
A Year of Lil Wayne

"Go DJ" Was When Lil Wayne Became a Star

"It's Cash Money Records, man, a lawless gang / put some water on the track, Fresh, for all this flame."
Kyle Kramer
6.26.17
A Year of Lil Wayne

The Time Lil Wayne Acted out Spitting out Shrimp for a Whole Bar

“Cash Money Millionaires” is the pimping song on 'Tha Carter.'
Kyle Kramer
6.25.17
A Year of Lil Wayne

The Award for Best Drug-Dealing Line on 'Tha Carter' Goes To...

“I wasn’t born with no silver spoon / but I can heat it in a spoon and pitch it in a balloon.”
Kyle Kramer
6.24.17
A Year of Lil Wayne

"The Heat" Is When All of Lil Wayne's Gun Talk Homework Paid Off

Lots of people have talked about shooting people in rap songs over the years. But has anyone ever done it better than Lil Wayne?
Kyle Kramer
6.23.17
A Year of Lil Wayne

This Is the Carter (A Lot More Rich and a Whole Lot Smarter)

Wayne in the brain, young Carter.
Kyle Kramer
6.22.17
A Year of Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne's Musicality in "On My Own"

There's no ignoring Mannie Fresh, either.
Kyle Kramer
5.28.17
A Year of Lil Wayne

Three Thoughts on Lil Wayne's "Earthquake" with Jazze Pha

No rapper is properly cocky anymore.
Kyle Kramer
5.27.17
A Year of Lil Wayne

A Year of Lil Wayne: Did Mannie Fresh Invent Vaporwave?

Call it Far Side Manuel.
Kyle Kramer
1.30.17
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