Tha Carter II

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Tha Carter II
Studio album by Lil Wayne
Released December 6, 2005 (2005-12-06)
Recorded 2004–05
Genre Southern hip hop, gangsta rap
Length 77:22
Label Cash Money, Young Money, Universal
Producer Birdman (exec.), Ronald "Slim" Williams (exec.), The Runners, DJ Nasty & LVM, Robin Thicke, Young Yonny, The Heatmakerz, Cool & Dre, Deezle, Bigg D, Develop, Filthy, T-Mix, Batman, Matlock
Lil Wayne chronology
Tha Carter
(2004)
Tha Carter II
(2005)
Like Father, Like Son
(2006)
Singles from Tha Carter II
  1. "Fireman"
    Released: October 25, 2005
  2. "Hustler Musik"
    Released: January 10, 2006
  3. "Shooter"
    Released: April 9, 2006

Tha Carter II is the fifth studio album by American rapper Lil Wayne, released on December 6, 2005, by Cash Money, Young Money, and Universal. The album serves as a sequel to his fourth album Tha Carter (2004). Its music incorporates southern hip hop styles. As executive producers, Birdman and Ronald "Slim" Williams enlisted a variety of collaborators, including The Runners, Robin Thicke, and The Heatmakerz.

Upon its release, Tha Carter II received generally favorable reviews from music critics, who complimented its musical progression from his previous albums. The album peaked at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 for first week sales of over 254,000 copies. The album has sold over 1,400,000 copies since its release.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Blender 4/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau B+[4]
Entertainment Weekly B[5]
Pitchfork Media (8.1/10)[6]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[7]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[8]
Stylus B+[9]
USA Today 3/4 stars[10]
Village Voice (favorable)[11]
XXL 4/5 stars (XL)[citation needed]

Critical response[edit]

Upon its release, Tha Carter II received generally positive reviews from most music critics, with several praising the lyricism and artistic growth demonstrated by Wayne on the album. David Jeffries of AllMusic praised the album's balance of "hookless, freestyle-ish tracks" and "slicker club singles", commenting that "the well-rounded, risk-taking, but true-to-its-roots album suggests he can weather the highs and lows like a champion."[2] Entertainment Weekly's Ryan Dombal wrote that Tha Carter II "transcends [Wayne's] inflated ego" and complimented the album's "sturdy funk-blues tracks... that offer genuine value".[5] David Drake of Stylus Magazine called the album "one of the year's best releases" and lauded his "entire persona, an aura, a rap creation that seems fully-developed and fascinating".[9] Despite writing that "Wayne's verses need a good polish", Nick Sylvester of Pitchfork Media wrote that the album contains "jaw-droppers aplenty" and complimented Wayne's growth as a lyricist, stating:

People who met Wayne on "Go DJ" and thought him a lunchroom hack emcee – who knows what's happened since then, but damn has he learned how to write. His squeak is now a croak, his laugh a little more burly, his flow remarkably flexible. Sometimes he's deliberate like syrup cats ("But this is Southern, face it/ If we too simple then yall don't get the basics") but when he needs to be, he's nimble as that Other Carter: "I ain't talking too fast you just listening too slow." Remy and weed, fast things and women, the corner – these are Wayne's wax since B.G.'ing with B.G., putting piff on the campus before he ever enrolled in college.[6]

—Nick Sylvester

IGN writer Jim During gave the album an eight out of ten and commented that Wayne "[punishes] the mic with hard-hitting verbal tenacity", and wrote that the album shows him "at his most focused, and is a strong next step for a relatively young career."[12] Matt Cibula of PopMatters wrote ambivalently towards that album's production, writing that "the producers here are mostly no-namers who do their jobs well but not spectacularly", but praised Wayne's "amazing" words and remarked that "he really IS the best rapper alive, at least when he tries".[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Tha Mobb"   Dwayne Carter, Jr., Gregory Green, Sean Thomas, Wilson Turbinton The Heatmakerz 5:20
2. "Fly In"   Carter, Tristan Jones, Bryan Williams T-Mix, Batman 2:23
3. "Money on My Mind"   Carter, Andrew Harr, Jermaine Jackson, Johnny Mollings, Lenny Mollings The Runners, DJ Nasty & LVM 4:31
4. "Fireman"   Carter, Bigram Zayas, Matthew Arthur DelGiorno Develop, Filthy (co.) 4:23
5. "Mo Fire"   Carter, Ronald Ferebee, Jr. Young Yonny 3:23
6. "On tha Block #1"       0:38
7. "Best Rapper Alive"   Carter, Derrick Baker, Steve Harris Bigg D 4:53
8. "Lock and Load" (featuring Kurupt) Carter, Jones, Williams T-Mix, Batman 4:46
9. "Oh No"   Carter, Ferebee, W. Matlock Young Yonny, Matlock (co.) 3:11
10. "Grown Man" (featuring Curren$y) Carter, Jones, Williams, Shante Franklin, Paul Harden T-Mix, Batman 4:06
11. "On tha Block #2"       0:25
12. "Hit Em Up"   Carter, Zayas, DelGiorno Develop, Filthy (co.) 4:07
13. "Carter II"   Carter, Jones, Williams T-Mix, Batman 2:24
14. "Hustler Musik"   Carter, Jones, Williams T-Mix, Batman 5:03
15. "Receipt"   Carter, Green, Thomas, O'Kelly Isley, Jr., Ronald Isley The Heatmakerz 3:48
16. "Shooter" (featuring Robin Thicke) Carter, Robin Thicke, Robert Daniels, James Gass, Robert Keyes Robin Thicke 4:35
17. "Weezy Baby" (featuring Nikki) Carter, Darius Harrison Deezle 4:18
18. "On tha Block #3"       0:13
19. "I'm a D-Boy" (featuring Birdman) Carter, Jones, Williams, Eric Barrier, William Griffin, Jr. T-Mix, Batman 4:00
20. "Feel Me"   Carter, Zayas, DelGiorno Develop, Filthy (co.) 3:48
21. "Get Over" (featuring Nikki) Carter, Andre Lyon, Marcello Valenzano, Phil Hurtt, Walter Sigler Cool & Dre 4:42
22. "Fly Out"   Carter, Jones, Williams T-Mix, Batman 2:25
Total length:
77:22
  • (co.) denotes co-producer
Notes

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Tha Carter II adapted from Allmusic.[13]

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lil Wayne's new CD sells 423,000 in a day - today > entertainment - Music". TODAY.com. 2008-11-06. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  2. ^ a b Jeffries, David. "Tha Carter II - Lil Wayne". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved February 2, 2012. 
  3. ^ Blender review[dead link]
  4. ^ Robert Christgau review
  5. ^ a b Dombal, Ryan (2005-12-09). "Tha Carter II Review". Entertainment Weekly (853): 88. 
  6. ^ a b Pitchfork Media review
  7. ^ a b Cibula, Matt (January 25, 2006). "Lil' Wayne: Tha Carter II". PopMatters. Retrieved February 2, 2012. 
  8. ^ Rolling Stone review
  9. ^ a b Stylus review
  10. ^ USA Today review
  11. ^ Village Voice review
  12. ^ IGN review
  13. ^ "Tha Carter II > Credits". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Lil Wayne Album & Song Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Lil Wayne Album & Song Chart History: R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Lil Wayne Album & Song Chart History: Rap Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  17. ^ "2006 Year End Charts – Top Billboard 200 Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  18. ^ "2006 Year End Charts – Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  19. ^ "2006 Year End Charts – Top Rap Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  20. ^ "American album certifications – Lil Wayne – Tha Carter, Vol. 2". Recording Industry Association of America. March 23, 2006. Retrieved December 10, 2011.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH