SOHH Whatcha Think: Should Weezy Close The Chapter On 'Tha Carter' Series For Good? [Click Here & Speak]
Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011 1:10AM
Less than stellar reviews of Lil' Wayne's latest release, Tha Carter IV may be further proof that great things do in fact, come in three's.
[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH.com]
Sure, an album name is just a name, but it seems like with every consecutive release in a series that fails to live up to the original (or sequel, as Tha Carter II is seen by many as the best in the collective) diminishes the legacy of the previous efforts. It's hard to believe that Jigga's classic album, The Blueprint was released a decade ago, but after the forgettable Blueprint II and its follow up, The Blueprint III it seems that the first of the series has been buried underneath its weaker efforts.
Our question of the day is focused on albums that come in series. Do weaker efforts truly tarnish the memory of the original from which they were birthed -- in other words, when looking at Tha Carter IV is it time for Tunechi to close the chapter on the series for good?
Earlier sales reports indicate Wayne's first week sales of C4 crushed Watch The Throne commercially. While its not expected to go reach plat in a week, like C3 did, 800,000 units moved is nothing to sneeze at. However, critically, the album has fallen short. Many feel like something is lacking on this album, some even say the best tracks are the ones in which the album's star is noticeably absent.
There's no way to judge what a Carter V would sound like this early, but perhaps, like films that continue for one too many sequels, expectations at this point can never be satisfied.
SOHH Watcha Think -- Is it time for Weezy to close the chapter on Tha Carter series?
Check out this new track from Lil' Wayne, titled "Novacane" below:
[Editor's Note: The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of SOHH]