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Tha Carter IV



Angry, graphic rap release isn't Lil Wayne's best work.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Positive role models

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.

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.

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.

Families can talk 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
Label:Cash Money Records
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Parent Written byrosemaryh May 25, 2015
Teen, 14 years old Written byJiggleman15 December 17, 2011

Its fine for any teenager.

the language in this game isn't even half as bad as the language your kid hears at school, plus its just talk its not like movies or video games where u see inappropriate stuff. So all in all, common sense media is full of idiots who are living in the past and dont understand what kids are exposed to these days
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written byCWG1 May 19, 2014

Not amazing but has some enjoyable songs...

This is a decent album and only has a few songs that I listen to, but some may find this album amazing, and if your kid(s) want to listen you may want to think about it. The whole album features non-stop graphic language that is used to objectify woman and is very sexual at times. Recommenced for mature teens....
What other families should know
Too much swearing


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