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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

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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: 30 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  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. Expand
  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. Sep 29, 2018
    10
    This album exceeded my expectations. Not a single "Bad" Wayne verse
    on here and the lack of **** lines make it even better. This is by far
    This album exceeded my expectations. Not a single "Bad" Wayne verse
    on here and the lack of **** lines make it even better. This is by far his most personal and darkest Carter album.
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  4. Sep 29, 2018
    10
    The album is truly amazing, from this piece you are able to observe Wayne's growth as an artist, with him performing at his best on everyThe album is truly amazing, from this piece you are able to observe Wayne's growth as an artist, with him performing at his best on every track. The album also gives a reflection of hip hop, whether you're looking for beats or hard-hitting bars, the flow or the message in the lines, old school or new school, the album combines those elements and it gives life. This album is for everybody Expand
  5. Sep 30, 2018
    9
    Great album! Been a decade long Wayne fan and this is easily my favorite project!
    The production is hands down the best I have this year..
  6. Sep 28, 2018
    7
    A very solid produced retirement album from Lil Wayne. Even though some of the songs felt outdated, the album still offered a lot of solidA very solid produced retirement album from Lil Wayne. Even though some of the songs felt outdated, the album still offered a lot of solid ideas, stories, lyrics, and interested song features. This is a huge step-up from Tha Carter IV and FWA. This album almost feels like three albums because of the length. The only song that doesn't feel like it was made in 2013 is Don't Cry and maybe Open Safe. Overall, this is a very solid album and his best work in years. Expand
  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) Expand

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