When people mention the All-Time greats of HipHop, the most names u hear are Jay-Z, Rakim, LL, Biggie etc. One name you may or may not hear is Lil Wayne. After starting out as the youngest member of the “Hot Boys” he has went on a memorable career.
Other then Jay and maybe LL, you could argue Wayne has had a dominant run for a long period of time. No one dominated the radio, mixtape scene, guest apperances like Wayne from ’06 to ’11. The Dedication mixtape series and the Carter album series really solidified his mark as a all time great. Not 2 mention he signed superstars Nicki Minaj and Drake to his label. His influence is heavy in the rap game today, you can hear alot of this generation with Wayne in them.
After a seven year Carter album hiatus cause of contract dispute, he finally returns with Carter V. Wayne sounds just as hungry as he did in the first couple installments of the Carter series. We obviously got the bar for bar Wayne we always got in the past, (“Mona Lisa”) but what surprised me was we got a hurt Wayne, (“Mess”), mature Wayne (“Open Letter”) and healed Wayne (“Let it All Work Out”). He gave us alot of his personal issues and story telling he hadnt done much in his career to date.
Its to early to tell if the Carter V will be a classic like the streets classic Carter II or the Grammy award winning Carter III, but its good to see Wayne back in the HipHop game. Whether we all notice it or not Wayne has proved his name should be mentioned with some of the All-Time Greats of HipHop.
Standouts include : Mona Lisa ft Kendrick Lamar, Uproar, Let it all work out, Dont Cry ft XXXtentacion, Cant Be Broken