Let’s celebrate Lil Wayne’s ‘Tha Carter V’ like it’s our birthday
23 tracks, but so much more to bump to on his much-anticipated fifth album
8:18 PMRap legend Weezy F. Baby (the F stands for “finally”) celebrated his birthday by giving his fans the best gift ever. He dropped his fifth and much-coveted album, Tha Carter V (C5), at midnight Thursday and folks were hype.
Happy birthday to my friend Lil Wayne. Legend. Wish I could be at the party. V is for victory.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) September 28, 2018
Happy birthday my brother!! C5 👀🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/twd3vmbZ6D
— Chris Paul (@CP3) September 27, 2018
The artist, also known as Lil Wayne, Lil Tunechi or, formally, Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., finally broke a three-year album drought, and he didn’t disappoint. Lil Wayne showed off the wide range of his artistry throughout the 23-song album, successfully appealing to the varying tastes of his fan base.
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) September 28, 2018
Mood : listening to Carter 5 . Wow Wayne !!! I’ve missed you 😩🔥🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/pvHFt11777
— Eunique (@Eunique_ny) September 28, 2018
Want a song to get your shoulders moving, shoot right to track four for “Uproar” with the classic Swizz Beatz production, guaranteed to get your head bobbing. Need motivation to reclaim your worth or “get back into your bag,” jump right to track three, “Dedicate.” Longing for love or a sense of family, then tracks one and 11 will satisfy you. For something more romantic, check track nine, “What About Me.” For the culture followers who are into gossip blogs, yes, he included his daughter, Reginae, on track 11, “Famous.”
Reginae Carter sounds amazing 🔥🔥🔥🔥🤦♂️ beautiful song with a father & his daughter.
— C u ł ł i™ (@OfficialCulli) September 28, 2018
When Uproar came on Tha Carter V pic.twitter.com/Z5DkE99cTG
— JWepp (@JWepp) September 28, 2018
From a man who has dominated rap with mixtapes with only his voice, C5 had a wide variety of features, as well as samples on almost every song. His last mixtape, Dedication 6: Reloaded, was released in January.
“You can’t spell fame without me, and may my hall of fame speech be short and sweet, like thank God, f— fame, and thank me,” said by Weezy on “Famous.”
Lil Tunechi definitely threw his name into the hat as one of the greatest lyricists regardless of era, after jumping into a sparring battle with current rap king Kendrick Lamar on the song “Mona Lisa.”
— #BETMusic (@BETMusic) September 28, 2018
Mona Lisa is one of the hardest songs I’ve heard in my entire existence. Good God.
— Rich "MaZe" Lopez (@richmazelopez) September 28, 2018
If you ask me, he cemented his title as the Best Rapper Alive. He not only reminded fans of his classic storytelling skills, but in an era that is now dominated by mumble rap, he also showed his style isn’t changing for anyone.
Tha Carter V isn’t flawless. I gave it a B-plus because some of the songs on the album don’t have the best replay value. Also, contrary to popular opinion, I think Nicki Minaj ruined his song on “Dark Side of the Moon” with her vocals. I’m not the only critic. Some tweets called the album “just mediocre.”
Mona Lisa the only one worth a repeat, so far
— Quentin Hope (@QuentinBHope) September 28, 2018
However, Lil Wayne still flows effortlessly, and his style of lyricism is still uncanny and unmatched, even when rappers are biting each other’s flows constantly (Desiigner being a carbon copy of Future.) Wayne has carved out his own space among the legends, from his double and triple entendres to his corny yet tasteful metaphors. Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. showed he can compete with not only your favorite rapper in this generation but your father’s favorite rapper too.
The icing on the cake was the shoutout to former President Barack Obama. You can hear No. 44 saying, “They might think they got a pretty good jump shot, or a pretty good flow, but our kids can all aspire to be LeBron or Lil Wayne,” on the track “Dedicate.” Wayne took this from Obama’s speech at the 100th anniversary of the NAACP. Brilliant.
Let us know what you think. Contact me on Twitter @ReyZach_
Dick Parsons, a brother who has rescued companies before, is now head of CBS
He’s worked with Obama and helped save the Apollo Theater and start the NMAAHC
Parsons, just named interim chairman of the board for CBS in the wake of the resignation of longtime chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves, was once called Captain Emergency.
His name doesn’t ring a bell yet? Then you might remember Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, whose offensive racial remarks caused him to lose the NBA franchise. Before Steve Ballmer bought the team, Parsons was appointed the interim CEO.
The 70-year-old Parsons was one of the first black men to lead a Fortune 500 company in 2002, when he became president of Time Warner. He started his career as a lawyer, then became president of Dime Savings Bank of New York, all this without even having a college degree, having left the University of Hawaii seven credits short.
He dropped Dime and headed to Time Warner, where he became president and helped save one of the first megamergers in history when he helped orchestrate a $165 billion mashup with America Online in 2000. He became CEO in 2002. After leaving there, he joined Citigroup as chairman from 2009-12. He helped stabilize both companies after fragile situations.
Parsons was dubbed “Captain Emergency” in a Bloomberg Businessweek article in 2011 because of his ability to navigate the troubled waters of complex negotiations and soothe the contentious infighting that goes on in corporate offices and boardrooms. He appeared on Black Enterprise‘s Most Powerful African Americans in Business list several times.
He was also on President Barack Obama’s team in 2008-09, among the group of economists and business leaders who helped stabilize the economy after the Great Recession.
He grew up in Brooklyn and Queens, New York, with a love of jazz, and one of the places he helped revive was Minton’s Playhouse, the famous jazz club where greats such as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and Count Basie once played.
Parsons’ grandfather had been head groundskeeper at the John D. Rockefeller estate, and Parsons would later go on to work for Rockefeller’s grandson, Nelson, who became governor of New York and vice president of the United States. He also worked for President Gerald Ford while at the White House.
Although Parsons is touted as a titan of industry, he helped save the Apollo Theater when it was on shaky financial ground, chairing the board of the Apollo Theater Foundation. He also chaired the Jazz Foundation of America and was co-chairman of the advisory board of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
So, before Jay-Z, P. Diddy and Russell Simmons and even Oprah were running things, Parsons was holding it down.