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The Carter II

Nasty but also boring -- not for kids.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Extremely sexist, also extremely self-absorbed.


Violent images.


Very explicit.


Extremely strong, calculated to shock.


Not the issue here.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Many drug references.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this CD is offensive from beginning to end. Everything you wouldn't want to expose your kid to is here in abundant qualities: graphic sex and violence, strong profanity, drugs, sexism, racism, etc.

What's the story?

THE CARTER II manages to be incredibly offensive while also -- amazingly -- reaching a level of tedium that is an awesome accomplishment in itself. Lil' Wayne uses a formula that he feels has worked -- including stunningly sexist, violent, and racist lyrics -- and decided to run with it one more time. Attempts at poetic depth are ridiculous, with lines such as "Eat a catastrophe, swallow the truth, belch reality, how does it taste, how do you face? You a b**ch n***a," as sensitive as Lil' Wayne gets. Instrumental tracks loop the same simplistic themes over and over again, making even the most potty-mouthed lyrics end up sounding boring.

Is it any good?


Featuring monotone vocal performances over mind-numbingly repetitive tracks, this CD maintains the artist's usual level of sexist, racist, and self-centered self-promotion. There's no maturity, no perspective, no sense that this young performer is growing into an interesting, multifaceted young man. Some popular rap CDs are so richly written and produced that they're worth the discomfort of wading through offensive language or even sexist, violent, and racist posturing. Once again, Lil' Wayne has not given the world one of those CDs.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the tedious instrumental tracks and what would be needed to make this album more interesting to listen to. Also, why do so many rappers feel the need to shock? Could Lil' Wayne have gotten his message across in a less offensive way? Are there times when such offensive material is necessary? What qualities make a work of art transcend questionable comfort levels?

Music details

Artist:Lil Wayne
Release date:December 6, 2005
Label:Cash Money Records
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Parent of an infant and infant year old Written bymyawilliams March 16, 2009

I like him with his shirt off.

Teen, 13 years old Written bybeautifull2100 April 9, 2008
Teen, 16 years old Written byHood Nugget April 9, 2008


I guess Lil' Wayne is more for stoners. His stuff consist of drugs sex violence. thats why kids eat it up. My favorite song of ALLLLLL time. I Feel Like Dying. Its tightt as hell. "only once the drugs are gone, do i feel like dying" Furr Shurr. But at the same time, his stuff can get rpetty philosophical. If you like him. Look up Tecca Ninna. (Tech N9ne) If you don't i suggest not. Tecca Ninna has WAAAAY more drug references.