Tha Carter III

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
Tha Carter III Music Poster Image
Parents recommendPopular with kids
Creative rhyming with sex and swearing.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 33 reviews

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

With raps about having lots of money and women, Lil Wayne presents a lifestyle of hedonism. Besides the sexually explicit nature of several songs, Wayne's boastful raps promote self-grandeur.


Lil Wayne is not about gangsta rap, so there are not many violent lyrics, however in his randomness, Wayne does mention violent acts like baby kidnapping and shooting a gun.


Not only is sex discussed throughout the CD, most of the references are misogynistic and treat women as sex objects.


Lil Wayne uses every expletive possible on this album and it's rare that a line doesn't have at least one bit of profanity.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Occasional references to prescription drugs (namely Vicodin) and to getting high. One a side note: Lil Wayne was arrested in early 2008 for drug possession.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lil Wayne is not for kids. His lyrics are explicit and so is his content. Think of a profane word and Lil Wayne surely rhymes to it on this album. Sex is discussed (usually with women as sex objects) on a number of tracks, such as the hit single "Lollipop," an homage to oral sex, in which the rapper describes a woman's body parts graphically and compares oral sex to the candy.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAnonymos June 28, 2019
Adult Written byLara C. October 8, 2017
As far as the music goes I really like this album it's probably Wayne's best.

Now for the age rating part it's a rap album it's going to h... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byLoranikas303 November 11, 2020
Teen, 15 years old Written byDogcat November 11, 2020

What's the story?

Lil Wayne is huge. His single "Lollipop" reached No.1 on the Billboard charts and this album's release has been widely anticipated for months. Combining irreverent lines with a raunchy sensibility, Lil Wayne is a lyrical live wire that doesn't fit the typical mold of rap superstar. THA CARTER III, Wayne's sixth album, includes a variety of producers and collaborators, including Kayne West.

Is it any good?

This CD takes listeners on a chaotic trip into the manic mind of Lil Wayne. At times he's sublime with his word crafting, flowing effortlessly from rhyme to rhyme making words connect in novel ways that fit into his own brand of logic ("We pop 'em like Orville Redenbacher"). But at other times the lyrics appear forced and uninspired. Lil Wayne is at his best when you really feel that his rhyming is a stream of consciousness, but he sometimes stumbles on his own hype and his cockiness trips up his lyrical flow.

The expressive experimentation transfers into the music which is chock full of electronic touches, from the synthed-up effects of his hit "Lollipop" to the mixes and samples used effectively throughout. Lil Wayne also surprisingly does a good job of altering his vocal stylings which keep things interesting.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Lil Wayne's popularity. This album was supposed to be released a year ago, it was delayed and tracks were gradually leaked online -- which only added to the anticipation. How do you think this played into Lil Wayne's marketing strategy? How long can an audience wait for an album? Does waiting an extra year increase the hype? Lil Wayne boasts a lot about being the "greatest rapper." Do you think this type of self-promotion helps an artist sell more music? Is this self-pride more acceptable in rap than other musical genres? Why do you think that's so?

Music details

  • Artist: Lil Wayne
  • Release date: June 10, 2008
  • Label: Cash Money Records
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 31, 2015

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate