Review Roundup: Lil Wayne – ‘Tha Carter III’

Lil Wayne’s highly anticipated album Tha Carter III arrives in stores Tuesday. Find out if it lived up to the hype…

Entertainment Weekly: The meandering TC3 is like 16 songs from 16 different albums, barely more composed than one of Wayne’s mixtapes. It’s the sound of a great artist not trying his best, or questioning whether effort is even a worthwhile metric. B-

Rolling Stone: OK, it’s true: [Lil Wayne] really is the best rapper alive. Tha Carter III establishes beyond a doubt that the zeitgeist in 2008 belongs to one artist: a dreadlocked dadaist poet from New Orleans with a bad weed habit and a voice like a bullfrog. 4 1/2 out of 5

The Boston Globe: [Tha Carter III is] not an instant classic, but it is the best rap album since Kanye West dropped Graduation last year.

Los Angeles Times: Ultimately, Tha Carter III will have you believing in Wayne’s greatness but wondering why, as often as not, he just isn’t very good. 3 out of 4