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Dustin LindenSmith

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Tha Carter III, Lil Wayne

Okay, I'm sorry, but WHAT the hell is all the hype about for this album? Has anybody here heard it? It has been hyped as Lil Wayne's best album and as one of 2009's greatest rap albums, but really, I think it's mostly crap. By my rating system, out of 25 tracks in total, I've got seven 3-star tracks (which means it's listenable, but not very good) and two 4-star tracks (which means it's quite good). The remaining 16 tracks are all pure garbage. I don't see the appeal. I think rap music might be dying on the vine. At least the mainstream stuff. A new album from a band called The Knux is much, much better. It's called Remind Me In Three Days... and I've got one 5-star and two 4-star tracks rated out of the first four tracks. A world of difference, but it got like no notice aside from a mention in Rolling Stone's top 50 albums of 2009. (Or was it 2008? I can't remember now.)
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iamom January 13th, 2010
You know, I didn't consciously make the connection that The Knux and Lil Wayne were from New Orleans. I'm glad you dig the album though. I think it's fantastic, and agree that some parts remind me of "good" Outkast also. There were a couple moments when I thought I heard André 3000 on there, it was so similar. But the beats and underlying production are fairly unique, all things considered. Non-derivative, quite original. I like the album a lot.

Thanks for the book referral, too. I'll add it to my list. The first and only time I visited NOLA was in June 2004, a few months before Katrina, and I thought it was one of the most fantastic places I'd ever been. I actually didn't get to see much good music there, but I totally loved the vibe of Louisiana and the food. Damn, the food in New Orleans is amazing.

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