After three years of recording, Lil’ Wayne fans are finally enjoying songs off “Tha Carter IV.”
In an interview with XXL, Wayne hinted that this could be his last album.
Wayne began recording mix tapes for the album in late 2008 shortly after the release of his sixth studio album “Tha Carter III.”
Despite critical acclaim and great record sales, sessions were put on hold to release two other albums in 2010, “Rebirth” and “I Am Not a Human Being.”
After all the delays, the new album was finally released to digital retailers on Aug. 28, following Wayne’s performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. His performance included his latest singles, “How to Love” and “John.”
“How to Love,” being the highest peaking single on the album, became Wayne’s fourteenth top ten hit and the best performance single on the album. It took Wayne fans off guard as it is the first song about women who don’t know love.
“6 Foot 7 Foot,” featuring Cory Gunz, is the lead single that was released from the album. This was the first track recorded for “Tha Carter IV” following his release from Rikers Island, where he served time for illegal procession of a weapon. The song reminds me a lot like “A Milli,” but on steroids.
A third single released from the album, “John” featuring Rick Ross, debuted at twenty-two on US Billboard Top 100. The songs title refers to the musician John Lennon, as it appears to be a tribute to the d e a t h of a great star.
“She Will,” featuring Drake, is another big hit from the album that was released weeks before the album was due for release. The song was originally to feature Rick Ross, but Drake helps Wayne make it pop. It debuted at number three, which was his second highest charting hit overall, next to “Lollipop”.
“The Interlude” featuring Tech N9ne is the perfect song to mix up the album. Not only is Tech N9ne in the song but a verse is also song by Andre 3000.
In his song “Mirror,” featuring Bruno Mars, Wayne makes it clear that he is thankful to all his fans.
After playing the album several times, I give it a 9/10. It has a few spots where songs could have been arranged differently, but overall Wayne knows what his fans like.