Posted on: October 1, 2020 Posted by: Glacier Staff Comments: 0

This past Friday, Sept. 25, artist Lil Wayne released the deluxe edition of his “Tha Carter V” as a part of a chronological pentalogy all carrying the same name. If you remember, before its original release in 2018, the series suffered a seven-year hiatus due to label and legal issues in Lil’ Wayne’s camp. At last, after many teasers and leaks, we received the album. 

T’naya Anderson

Music Reviewer, JRN101 Student

The release made me reminisce on the previous chapters and how much of an effect they held, especially “Tha Carter II.” What a great time to go down memory lane by covering my favorite song from the album, “Hustler Musik.”  

What exactly is hustler music? Well, in hip-hop terms, a hustler is someone who endlessly purses the almighty dollar, and that music is dedicated to them. On a broader scale, hustler music can be described as a motivational conversation between the artist and the listener. Hustler music is dedicated to those striving to be whatever they aspire to be by any means. This doesn’t mean you need a specific background to relate to the song, just a dream and the drive to reach it.

The song intimately explores the mind of the young artist over a string of melodic horns.  He shares what kind of mindset it takes to be the best, “Just that persistence/with that commitment/If I don’t get, somebody gon’ die tonight…. I deserve the throne/ and if the kid ain’t right, then let me die on this song.” Some lines may come off as overly confident; I mean who puts their life on the line for a statement like that? But that’s just the nature of hip-hop and more so the confidence of Wayne.

Listeners also hear a side of Lil’ Wayne that is often hidden behind the more aggressive lyrics when he speaks on the passing of his father, “See I be riding, just riding alone/ With my daddy on my mind, like, ‘You gotta be kidding’/ How the hell you ain’t here to see your prince do his thing?/ Sometimes I wanna drop a tear but no emotions from a king.” Like many musicians, Wayne uses his tragedies as motivation.

What makes this album and specifically this song so good is how relatable it is. Everyone has a sad story and experiences tragedies, so it’s easy to fit yourself in the mold being illustrated. With the release of “Tha Carter II,” listeners were witnessing the growth of an artist and a man. There was no longer a debate surrounding the talent and consistency of Lil Wayne.

Fast forward to 2020 and 10 albums later, he is regarded as a G.O.A.T. and compared to names like Jay Z, Nas, Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G.