The Carter II

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Nasty but also boring -- not for kids.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Extremely sexist, also extremely self-absorbed.

Violence

Violent images.

Sex

Very explicit.

Language

Extremely strong, calculated to shock.

Consumerism

Not the issue here.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Many drug references.

What 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.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 17-year-old Written byheezy January 12, 2010

the wrold

heezy says yes to this
Parent of a 1-year-old Written byconejo33 April 10, 2009
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 11, 2018
Kid, 9 years old August 27, 2009

looks good

i don't have but i know lil wayne's music is not boring

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Genre: Hip-hop
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: July 14, 2015

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