Before you think I’m out of my mind for comparing the latest albums from these two extremely different MCs, just hear me out. I would never put Lil Wayne and Game in same group, mostly because I personally believe Lil Wayne is a far superior rapper. But these are two major releases that came out a week apart and each one is a big release for each rapper’s career.
Lil Wayne has been on top for a while but with his rock album Rebirth last year and his lack of a real hip hop release since the last Carter installment, his crown has been questioned by many. The amount of mixtapes he releases is impressive but he has always claimed he saves his best material for his Carter releases so the question we ask is, does Tha Carter IV live up to that standard?
The Game has been struggling (although I’ll admit that The Documentary was a classic) but one album does not prove much. The sales of Doctor’s Advocate are false advertisement to the Game’s success because everyone was expecting another Documentary but that’s not what we got at all; instead we got a young rapper who thought he could make it on his own without Dr. Dre. I’ve heard of bad decisions but come on, does that sound like a good idea to anyone? I didn’t think so. Now that he’s back under Dre’s supervision, can the Game prove himself worthy of our attention with the R.E.D. Album?
With Tha Carter IV, Lil Wayne brings back the intro, middle track, and outro style, which was something he did very well on Tha Carter II. The only problem is he only raps on the intro which leaves two tracks on his album that he does not even appear on. I like the idea but in actuality it doesn’t quite feel right. It’s kind of like Game’s star studded tracks, which I don’t mind too much but it is a little over the top (the album features Kendrik Lamar, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Sly, Tyler the Creator, Lil Wayne, Drake, Rick Ross, Beanie Siegel, Young Jeezy, Big Boi, E-40, and on and on). I love featuring tracks because the rapper featured brings some of his own style to that track but when all you have is featuring tracks you become more of a chameleon than a styled MC.