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  • Summary: The long-delayed full-length studio album for the rapper features guest appearances from Ashanti, Drake, French Montana, Kendrick Lamar, Mack Maine, Nicki Minaj, Post Malone, Travis Scott, Snoop Dogg, Sosamann, and XXXTentacion.
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Famous
[Chorus: Reginae Carter] Welcome to your name in lights All the lighters in the sky (yeah) You must be famous This is how you live your life,... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Oct 5, 2018
    80
    Tha Carter V was never going to be flawlessly executed--the odds were too stacked against it--but it certainly gives the audience the thrill we were hoping for. It’s a return to form, and a triumphant return for one of the greatest of all time.
  2. Sep 28, 2018
    80
    The good news: Musically, despite the age of some of the songs, V is fresh, flush and even frenetic at times, with the crunch of the Southern trap and ropey rap-rock sounds that Wayne pretty much started in the first place.
  3. Oct 2, 2018
    80
    If anything lets Tha Carter V down, it’s the track sequencing and transitions, which can start to make the project feel like it’s dragging about halfway through. However, that should hardly dissuade Wayne’s most diehard fans, as even in its slowest moments, the album never loses its heady sense of rapture. ... The album is indeed memorable, as much for the journey that led to its release as the previously unseen layers that Weezy reveals.
  4. Oct 2, 2018
    70
    Tha Carter V can’t compare to the first three Carter installments, or his epochal 2005-2007 mixtape run. But it doesn’t need to.
  5. Oct 2, 2018
    70
    What we have is an album that’s mostly pretty good. It’s certainly an improvement over Tha Carter IV--likely his least memorable album ever--but it’s also not a record that is going to reignite a second peak from Wayne, if that was the hope.
  6. 67
    Wayne is, by nature, an exciting rapper. His breathless, consistently accelerating flow is still present here, though not varied enough to work as well as it used to. .... Ultimately, Tha Carter V sounds like someone chasing after their own glory days, with half-hearted energy, barely even believing themselves.
  7. 60
    The misogyny of Tha Carter V cheapens its moving moments.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37
  1. Sep 29, 2018
    10
    It's great, it doesnt have those cringy lines that IANAHB 1 and 2 and C4 had, it's lil wayne that matured, and sounds like a new person, alsoIt's great, it doesnt have those cringy lines that IANAHB 1 and 2 and C4 had, it's lil wayne that matured, and sounds like a new person, also when it comes to music, it's also fantastic.
  2. Sep 29, 2018
    10
    Amazing album! Can’t stop listening to it and a huge part of the songs just give me goosebumps all over. Love hearing this weezy!
  3. Oct 2, 2018
    10
    This album is probably objectively better than Tha Carter III, which is a classic. Every song is good and has something for you to uncover.This album is probably objectively better than Tha Carter III, which is a classic. Every song is good and has something for you to uncover. Wayne elicits every emotion. Psychedelic production, incredible melodies, flows, and out of this world lyrics from the martian.
  4. Sep 28, 2018
    10
    Amazing album, from lyrics, features, production and overall refinement of this album, has showcased a classic Wayne bringing back his vintageAmazing album, from lyrics, features, production and overall refinement of this album, has showcased a classic Wayne bringing back his vintage sound in a bigger way, this album was worth the wait.
  5. Oct 2, 2018
    9
    Best thing Wayne has done since Tha Carter III. His flow is amazing in many songs and the album has great features. Would highly recommend.
  6. Oct 1, 2018
    7
    People will overrate it because of the hype, wait, and Wayne's status but this album is good. It's not great but it's good and it's the bestPeople will overrate it because of the hype, wait, and Wayne's status but this album is good. It's not great but it's good and it's the best work Wayne has done in nearly a decade. Songwriting has been Wayne's weak spot for numerous years but on this album, Wayne surprisingly shows that he still has this skill. The album keeps a consistent mood throughout the album and it's a decent ending to the Carter series (if it is one). The cringe lines from IANAHB2 are nonexistent and it creates a nostalgic atmosphere as Wayne sounds more like a pre-Carter 4 Wayne. I Can't say the album lived up to a 5 year wait but it is very satisfying. The album is a little longer than it should be (regardless of the 5 year gap) and a couple track replacements would make this a great album but Wayne had a solid outing with this one. Carter V is an album that he and his fans should be proud of.
  7. Sep 29, 2018
    2
    This album is very much a disappointment. Lil Wayne’s use of auto tune is still extremely annoying. There are a few good songs and punchlinesThis album is very much a disappointment. Lil Wayne’s use of auto tune is still extremely annoying. There are a few good songs and punchlines and wordplay. But not enough to make this 23 song, hour and 30 minute long album good. (Bars)

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