Monday, June 9, 2008

How Many Licks Does it Take?

I want to assume that lollipop sales have gone through the roof since the release of Lil' Wayne's single "Lollipop." Wayne gives a somewhat refreshing new look to thug life. He exemplifies the machismo of the streets. With more collaborations than almost any other artist all year, Lil' Wayne definitely may just be the man of the summer, seizing the crown from T-Pain who established his reign last year. He returns with his usual style, the distinct beats, slurred words, beer cup in hand, freshly smoked joint burning a hole in the couch.

I am not a fan of Lil' Wayne, but you've got to respect that man's tattoos. He is an inspiration to fans of body art and I don't know of any tattoo artist who wouldn't want to leave an imprint on his skin, if there's still room that is.

Although some of the songs on the album are cryptic, Lil' Wayne still manages to outdo himself (no pun intended). On the song "Mr. Carter," Wayne announce his comeback and curses his detractors whom he refers to as "April babies." He collaborates on this song with the other Mr. Carter, you know...Mr. Beyonce. Undeniably, Jay-Z still has it and takes the cake in this song. Lil' Wayne should have reconsidered. The song makes you wonder where he has really been. The song belongs to Jay-Z. The song "A Milli" however is quite catchy. What's tougher than "Nigerian hair?" A venereal disease. I'm still quite confused. Why would he make a comparison to Nigerian hair? Why not Jamaican hair? Or New Orleanian hair? I've walked the 9th ward. Tough stuff.

"Got Money" showcases the all too familiar dance hall beats. Same cryptic sounding lyrics. "Comfortable" features Babyface while sampling liners from Beyonce's songs. He warns his girls not to get too relaxed on the track, while including a shout-out to Kanye West.
Packing enough names to fill an arena, Tha Carter III takes a mellow turn on the tune "Tie My Hands" featuring Robin Thicke. He gives himself props as the savior of "the Big Easy," calling out the President for his inaction durring Hurricane Katrina. On the hood lullaby "la,la," he collaborates with David Banner. Finally, the album showcases Lil' Wayne as stand-up comic and social critic. He send out a message to Mr. Al Sharpton; "you are no M.L.K, you are no Jesse Jackson, you are me. You're just another Don King with a perm. Just a little more political and that just means you're a little unhuman that us humans." He uses some new words that may soon find their ways into Webster. He makes a final plea, concluding the expected: he answers to God at the end of the day.
With the album leaking chronically, Tha Carter III is still commendable. To sum it up his lyrics are nothing new. It revolves around two subjects; bitches and his millions.

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