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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

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
Parent Written byrosemaryh May 25, 2015
its good for me
Adult Written bydass23 September 16, 2011


The Carter IV is amazing i got the deluxe edition just get your kids the clean version and it will be ok
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 se... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byA t-Rex April 28, 2014

lil wayne should give up with rapping

yet again, lil wayne makes a horrible album. lots of profanity, mainly the "n" word (as we've all come to expect from lil wayne), and is all arou... Continue reading

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

For kids who love rap and club beats

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