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‘Tha Carter 4’: worth every penny

After a several delays and false dates, rapper, Lil’ Wayne released his seventh solo album, “Tha Carter IV,” on Aug. 29, breaking records despite rumors the album would flop.

While some fans say the album was well worth the wait, others say their expectations were a little too high.

However, those disappointed students did not stop Lil Wayne from selling almost a million albums during the album’s first week—which says a lot considering some of the album had been leaked onto the internet days before the official release.

With this album, Lil’ Wayne has managed to break the iTunes sales record, forcing Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Watch the Throne” right out of its temporary home.

Songs on the new album include his hot singles, “How to Love” and “6 Foot 7 Foot,” as well as “She Will,” “John,” and “I’m Good.”

Features consist of fellow rappers Rick Ross and Drake and singer Bruno Mars. Wayne seems to be unstoppable as these are all fan favorites.

While some take Wayne back to his “gangster” roots, some songs show a different side to him that nobody has ever quite seen before.

It shows that Wayne is branching out and spreading his musical wings.

“Tha Carter IV” was first delayed due to Lil’ Wayne’s one year in Riker’s Island Correctional Facility for a gun possession charge stemming from 2009.

After being released in Nov. 2010, in an attempt to satisfy his fans’ hunger for his music, the self-proclaimed “best rapper alive” unleashed the mix tape, “Sorry 4 the Wait,” on July 13.

The mix tape included beats from Miguel’s “Sure Thing” and YC’s “Racks.” Its purpose was to serve as sort of an appetizer for his fans before the main entrée, “Tha Carter IV,” arrived.

It gave them just a taste of what Lil Wayne would be giving them right before he hit them with his brand new album.

Did it do the job? The answers vary.

Though I agree that some songs could be better, I’m a fan of “Tha Carter IV,” and I wish it nothing but success.

I give it a 4.5 star rating. “Tha Carter 4” is available at local CD stores and online at Amazon.com. I think it’s worth every penny.

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