Tha Carter IV [Deluxe Version]

Tha Carter IV [Deluxe Version]

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by Lil Wayne
     
 

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An interesting story came out as Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV leaked to the Internet five days early. Special guest Busta Rhymes, being interviewed from his tour bus, had not even heard the leak within those first 48, and seemed fascinated to hear that Bun B, Nas, and Shyne were also on his track.See more details below

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An interesting story came out as Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV leaked to the Internet five days early. Special guest Busta Rhymes, being interviewed from his tour bus, had not even heard the leak within those first 48, and seemed fascinated to hear that Bun B, Nas, and Shyne were also on his track. This was in spite of the his line "Tunechi, thanks for giving us a whole 'nother classic with Tha Carter IV" the album's final words, delivered by Busta during the "Outro," one of two tracks on which Wayne doesn't even appear. Busta's mix of excitement and confusion perfectly captures this album's magic in that there's an electricity in the air here, one so attractive that you don't care about what's missing, so don't hold this up next to Tha Carter II or III because you just might miss a grand Jay-Z diss ("Talkin' about baby money, I got your baby money/ Kidnap your bitch, get that how much you love your lady money") while considering the differences. If II and III were the arguable masterpieces, this one is less convincing, but it is a solid, above average hip-hop album that would be in held high and wide regard if it carried any other name. Wayne seems to address this new, sometimes B+ era with "Some of us are lovers/Most of y'all are haters/But I put up a wall/And they just wallpaper" on "Blunt Blowing," a track which is Young Money's seductive and flossy version of the blues. If dazzling rhetoric and shameless bombast is what grabs his audience, it absolutely overflows during the album's unstoppable first quarter, which boils over when the short blue mobster called "Megaman" shoots forth "Life is shorter than Bushwick." The totally T-Pain track "How to Hate" is the album's first speedbump, and Wayne remains a guest on his own album as Tech N9ne and Rick Ross dominate the following cuts, but the uncontroversial "Abortion" ("I know your name, your name is unimportant/We in the belly of the beast, and she thinkin' of abortion") puts the spotlight back on Weezy. After John Legend adds some purposeful polish, it's all smooth sailing plus with those high Carter standards, bouncing between tracks fans can singalong and connect with (the pure and simple "How to Love") or marvel at ("It's Good" where Jay-Z diss meets Alan Parsons sample). In the end, Busta's pre-cog declaration of "classic" is the download generation's more "in the moment" definition of the word, and it is fittingly delivered while the venerated Wizard Weezy is out the door and off the track in that "pay no mind to that man behind the curtain" style. On Tha Carter IV, Wayne's world feels more like a dream than reality, but the loyal subjects of Young Money get a wild ride and the great feeling of flashing those ruby slippers one more time. [The Deluxe Edition added three bonus tracks, including "Mirror" featuring Bruno Mars.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/29/2011
Label:
Cash Money
UPC:
0602527681436
catalogNumber:
001555002
Rank:
38490

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lil Wayne   Primary Artist
Richard Adlam   Keyboards,Choir, Chorus
Guthrie Govan   Bass,Guitar
Steve Lee   Choir, Chorus
Eddie "Krack Keys" Montilla   Piano,Strings
Harry Ritson   Keyboards,Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Andrew Lloyd   Additional Production
Ke'Noe   Producer
Kyledidthis   Art Direction
Infamous   Producer
Commission   Producer
Cool & Dre   Producer
Diplo   Producer
Megaman   Producer
Javier Valverde   Engineer
Robert "Big Briz" Brisbane   Engineer
Willy Will   Producer
Detail   Producer
Noah Shebib   Engineer
Streetrunner   Additional Production
Dwayne Carter   Composer,Executive Producer
Rudy Rodriguez   Recording Assistant
T-Minus   Producer
Ronald "Slim Tha Don" Williams   Executive Producer
Smeezingtons   Producer
Angel Onhel Aponte   Composer,Producer
Polow da Don   Producer
Michael "Banger" Cadahia   Engineer
Elizabeth Gallardo   Recording Assistant
Kevin Zulueta   Engineer
Edward "Jewfro" Lidow   Engineer,Recording Assistant
Eddie "Krack Keys" Montilla   Composer
Bryan "Baby Birdman" Williams   Executive Producer
DJA   Additional Production
Young Fyre   Producer
Noel Cadastre   Recording Assistant
Cortez Bryant   Executive Producer
Luis Duque   Recording Assistant
Alton Bates   Engineer
Seandrae "Mr. Bangledesh" Crawford   Producer
Danny Arrondo   Recording Assistant
Rob Holladay   Producer
Christopher Allen   Producer
Tha Drummahz   Producer
Snizzy   Producer
REO   Producer
Mrs. Carter   Cover Image
Martika Cortes   Recording Assistant
Mackmaine   Executive Producer
Filthy   Producer
DVLP   Producer

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