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Tha Carter V

Lil Wayne

Tha Carter V

Long-awaited album number twelve from star rapper featuring Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj and Snoop Dogg

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Island / Young Money
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  1. 8.0 |   Clash

    Against all the odds this is a triumph
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  2. 7.6 |   Earbuddy

    Is Tha Carter V a new beginning or the final chapter to Lil Wayne's relevancy?
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  3. 7.5 |   A.V. Club

    He’s introspective, approachable, overly generous, and occasionally flashing that old manic, extraterrestrial charisma
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  4. 7.4 |   Pitchfork

    The long-delayed album captures Wayne how we want to remember him: openhearted, word-drunk, and exhilarated by the possibilities of his own voice
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  5. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    It’s an album full of fire and passion from an artist who doesn’t have anything left to prove
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  6. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    Lil Wayne strips down to a more bare-bones version of himself, showcasing his discomforts, vulnerabilities and self-acceptance
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  7. 7.0 |   All Music

    For all the excess and buildup, this exhibits Wayne on an upswing, lucid and invigorated
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  8. 7.0 |   Spin

    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
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  9. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Weezy proves he doesn't need to update his style to appeal to the next generation
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  10. 6.0 |   NME

    It could have been his emotional swansong, and much of this long-delayed record is an elegiac homage to Lil Wayne’s outlier status as an elder statesman of hip-hop. Yet he cheapens himself on ‘Tha Carter V’
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  11. 6.0 |   The Observer

    The beat is (just about) still on
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  12. 6.0 |   NOW

    On the long-awaited The Carter V, he shows he can still hang with contemporary rap flows and sometimes improve on them
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