Tha Carter IV

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Angry, graphic rap release isn't Lil Wayne's best work.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 13 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Rife with negative messages about materialism, violence, disrespect toward others, and more.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Lil Wayne seems angry, bitter, and defiant here.


Many references to guns and killing.


Lots of graphic talk about sex, including prostitution.


Liberal use of profanity: "f--k," "s--t," the "N" word, and much more.


Plenty of name-dropping and talk about making as much money as possible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Mentions of cocaine, marijuana, drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tha Carter IV isn't for kids. The songs on the album include just about every form of mature content there is (and lots of it): profanity, violence, sex, substance use, and consumerism.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCool jerkerama December 29, 2018
This album is a good album and a very vulgar album too. When it comes to sexual content Lil Wayne does not fall short. When it comes to language he swears every... Continue reading
Adult Written bycharlessmithfather October 28, 2018

Lil Wayne is FOR THE KIDS

great music. true artistry and lyricism for any music fan
Teen, 17 years old Written byEvannnnn April 8, 2018

Major Slaps

6 Foot 7 Foot and She Will are some slaps.
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 11, 2018

What's the story?

THA CARTER IV is rapper Lil Wayne's hotly anticipated follow-up to the high-grossing Tha Carter III and is yet another very mature CD from the notoriously raunchy rapper. The bulk of the songs on the CD revolve around guns and violence, graphic sexual descriptions, drugs and alcohol, and bragging about being the best, with plenty of profanity thrown into the mix.

Is it any good?

This album proves that a bunch of angry, dirty lyrics tossed together with a synth-beat do not a success make. This standard approach from Lil Wayne is simply played out at this point. Aside from guest vocals from the awesome John Legend on "So Special," and the uncharacteristically sweet ballad "How to Love," this record is more of the same-old, same-old.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how successful rap artists like Lil Wayne, who are notorious for their extremely mature lyrics, compare to cleaner rappers like B.o.B. or Travie McCoy. What are some of the advantages that cleaner rappers have?

  • Do rap fans expect explicit content in their music? Would Lil Wayne be as successful if he produced less graphic songs?

Music details

  • Artist: Lil Wayne
  • Release date: August 29, 2011
  • Type: Album
  • Label: Cash Money Records
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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