Lil Wayne

Tha Carter III (Cash Money / Universal)

Phases & Stages

Lil Wayne

Tha Carter III (Cash Money/Universal)

Rap's Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (here "Dr. Carter"/"Mr. Carter") bends and breaks, mumbles and shouts, testing an unfathomable range of voices on Tha Carter III that shrills a clusterfuck of sonic inconsistencies mixed harder than codeine and Coke. It's Wayne's personality that both floats and sinks TC III. His "I'm me ... C3. ... It's me ... times three" rant on opener "3 Peat" plays out simultaneously entertaining and discouraging, while the incessant "A Milli" drones charmingly grating. It's all a joke, probably, as hinted on "La La." "Phone Home" broadcasts live from Planet Weezy (one zooted place) and pits the NOLA prince as E.T. on promethazine: "We are not the same – I am an alien, like Gonzalez, young college student, who 'den flipped the game." Wayne's "best rapper alive" claim on the Kanye West-produced "Let the Beat Build" holds no water when Jay-Z torches "Mr. Carter."

***

READ MORE
More Lil Wayne
Off the Record
Off the Record
music news

Austin Powell, July 18, 2008

More Music Reviews
Metallurgy
Myrkur
Mausoleum (Record Review)

Michael Toland, Aug. 19, 2016

Metallurgy
Cough
Still They Pray (Record Review)

Michael Toland, Aug. 19, 2016

More by Chase Hoffberger
Death Watch: The Quality of State Killings
Death Watch: The Quality of State Killings
Why is the TDCJ so reluctant to test death drugs?

Aug. 26, 2016

Cop Disciplined for Celebrating Killing on Comments Board
Cop Disciplined for Celebrating Killing on Comments Board
17-year veteran and APA board member receives 3-day suspension

Aug. 26, 2016

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Lil Wayne

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)