It’s here. One of the most highly anticipated albums is finally here. After seven long years of waiting for the...

It’s here. One of the most highly anticipated albums is finally here. After seven long years of waiting for the next Carter, 2018 finally brings us the fifth installment of the series. As expected, Lil Wayne comes through with nostalgic bars, punchlines and flows that never seems to get old. All featured artists play their part in contributing to every song they are part of, but that does not take away from Wayne’s solo songs. Although this album is twenty-three songs deep, it displays different arrays and different styles that keep the sound exciting and keep the audience wondering what’s coming up next in the track list.

Although hip-hop has reached a new era led by the young stars, Wayne uniquely mixes it up creating a track list with newer and older beats, regardless of what sound you enjoy, the songs will still grab your attention. An older artist flowing to new beats? Very unlikely but Wayne gets it done and gets it done successfully. For example, Uproar gives off a 2012 vibe, when jerking was the mainstream dance for the youth. A song like Let it Fly displays the dark, ominous atmosphere that is popularized in today’s hip-hop, especially with the Travis Scott feature. These two songs alone demonstrate how eclectic Wayne’s talents are when it comes to switching flows and adapting to sounds.

The album takes ninety whole minutes to get through. If you’re a fan of shorter albums, I recommend splitting this listen into three different experiences. At one go, the listener may feel overwhelmed because the album never seems to end, but if you go through it slowly, you’ll begin to appreciate the value that each song has to offer. Whether you are a fan of the party rap, or the OG auto tune rap, you will find something you enjoy if you just take the time to listen properly.

The features on this album contribute to the diversity that it brings. Wayne recruits young talent by having Travis Scott on Let it Fly. His signature flow attracts the attention of a younger audience, making it more enjoyable for that particular generation. He also picks up a hook from the late XXXTENTACION who passed away earlier this year. It was extremely refreshing to hear him on a song, especially with someone like Wayne who he said was one of his biggest influencers growing up.

Wayne also enlists one of hip-hop’s most popular stars, Nicki Minaj, contributing a melodic sound that is unusual from the artist, nonetheless, she flawlessly kills her part, and makes for one of the best songs on the album (in my opinion). Kendrick Lamar, arguably one of the greatest rappers in this generation, comes through on Mona Lisa displaying his story telling ability that accurately depicts the theme and mood of the track.

Lastly, Wayne throws it back by recruiting Ashanti on Start This Shit Off Right creating an early 2000s nostalgic bop. He also features Snoop Dogg on Dope N*ggaz to commemorate the G Funk era of hip-hop. Other notable features on this album are: Sosamann, Regina Carter, Mack Maine and Nivea who all played their parts in contributing to the success of this album.

Altogether the album is a great listen. It’s what the people wanted plus little flashes of new school influences. If you were already a Wayne fan, I encourage you to give this a go, and if you are a new Lil' Wayne fan, please give this a try. You are guaranteed to find something you will like. The album is available on all streaming platforms.

Notable Lines: “I used to smoke to get high now I smoke to get vibes/I used to tote the semis, I still tote the semi/Keep it on the East Side, keep it on the beast side/I feel like Ivan Drago lil' bitch, and if he dies, he dies” - Used 2