At long last, Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V is here. Seven years after the last installment, Tha Carter IV, Weezy fans have been patiently waiting for his final(?) album that came with a burden of legal battles, constant delays, and losing faith in its release after years of promises. Despite all of this, Wayne has continued to push forward, releasing countless mixtapes and appearing on high-profile albums while regaining control of Young Money as its sole owner.
On Tha Carter V, Wayne proves he hasn’t lost his spark, dropping a set of songs that are honest, lyrically focused, and aim to give listeners a new part of him. Gone are the frustrations and jabs at Cash Money and Birdman heard in his previous music. Instead, these are Wayne’s thoughts on fame, love, and life, closing a 20-plus career at 36 if he chooses to leave the game now.
There’s a lot to dissect on Tha Carter V. From the production to the samples to the integral role his mother Jacida Carter plays, here are six takeaways from the album.