Before the much known about legal beef surrounding Wayne and his father-figure and business mogul, Birdman, Wayne’s career was at its creative peak. Not only had he been releasing mixtape after mixtape, superior to the majority of Hip-Hop releases that time, but he also fed his fans with his most cohesive project.
Featuring a platoon of guests as well as a platinum list of producers for the album, Wayne showed off his ability to diverse his natural southern sound to a range of other genres. From the jazzy Kanye West-produced “Comfortable“, the gritty Boom-Bap Alchemist cut “You Ain’t Got Nuthin” and psychedelic “Phone Home“. These are just three of the sixteen tracks on the standard album version that are a display of Wayne’s mind-boggling verses and ear-for-beats.
From the beginning of the album with the Maestro produced “3 Peat“, Wayne asserts that he may be small for his height, but his lyricism is one thing that towers over the majority of rappers…back in the day.
Obviously, I couldn’t miss out one of the best songs on the album and in Wayne’s career; the bass addictive Bangladesh thumper “A Milli“. Wayne raps effortlessly over the blasting bass, chopped and screwed vocal sample and sporadic snare claps.
While other standout songs pop out one after the other, “Got Money“, “Mrs. Officer” and “La La“, another lyrical standout from New Orleans OG is “Dr. Carter“. Unlike the majority of Wayne’s discography, this solo cut sees Wayne following a concept to the track that he is the saviour of Hip-Hop and needs to perform certain ‘linguistic’ medical procedures to save The Game (not the rapper).
As well as this, Wayne also shows his ability to rap over more subtle and minimal production over “Shoot Me Down“. Not only is the slow Western-Cowboy movie guitar chords demonic, but Weezy’s leaned out, Hi-Tech verses fuse well with the contrast of genres.
In all, ‘Tha Carter 3‘ is a tough competitor with ‘Tha Carter’s’ that came before it. Yet, the sound of the album, the direction and Wayne’s overall lyrics and production choices on the album are top-notch. There are a few let downs. songs and feature-wise (Hi, Robin Thicke), however, Wayne really was a star at this time that was brighter than anyone else at the time.