Lil Wayne's 'Tha Carter V' Debuts At No. 1 On The Billboard 200
Tha Carter V opens with the second-biggest streaming week ever for an album.
Within the first 24 hours of its release, Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V earned 49.5 million streams on Spotify, making it the second largest debut in the history of the streaming platform. The long-awaited album is now the No. 1 album in the country, joining his other projects; Tha Carter III, Tha Carter IV, and I Am Not A Human Being.
Along with C5’s commercial success, critics and fans have praised the project with some publications calling it Wayne’s best album in years.
In Pitchfork’s review of the album, Evan Rytlewski writes that the project ”captures Wayne how we want to remember him: open-hearted, word-drunk, and exhilarated by the possibilities of his own voice.” The 23-track project kicks off with “ I Love You Dwayne,” an emotional prayer from Wayne’s mother Jacida Carter and closes with “Let It All Work Out,” which features a sample of Sampha's "Indecision” and a mention of his suicide attempt at the age of 12. Complex calls the track “both reflective and defiant, a combo berthed by the unlikelihood that he’s still here.”
In between the opener and closer C5, the album showcases Wayne’s lyrical ability as he power’s through production from hip-hop’s biggest producers like TKTK and all-star features like TKTK. Tracks like “Mona Lisa” featuring Kendrick Lamar point to Wayne’s outstanding lyrical ability and the power of the rapper’s distinct voice. The storytelling rap centered around the deceit and lust of women is featured on The New York Time’s weekly list of new music titled ‘The Playlist’ where Wayne is praised for “his fluency and ease with syllables [that] is unmatched."
The album does a great job of marrying old and new. Wayne kicks off the album with “Don’t Cry,” an XXXTentacion feature which reached No. 1 on Apple Music. In a nod to the past, he reworks G-Dep’s “Special Delivery” on the track “Uproar,” which has gone viral thanks to the "Uproar Challenge,' which Wayne even participated in with his kids.
Along with additional guest appearances from Nicki Minaj on "Dark Side of the Moon" (reminiscent of her "Pills and Potions" era persona), Wayne reconnects with his baby momma Nivea on "Dope New Gospel" and Ashanti and Mac Maine on "Start This Shit Off Right." Fans and critics were surprised that the latest installment of Tha Carter series lacks a feature from his protegé-turned-rap superstar Drake. But where he lacks, Wayne surprised fans with a feature from his daughter Reginae Carter.
HipHopDX writes that "Tha Carter V is a significant moment in Wayne’s career for more than just his difficult time putting it out." Through legal and label battles, Wayne's latst album was able to give us new insights into the legendary rapper while tapping into his familiar sound. Tha Carter V was definitely worth the wait.