The Carter III is undeniably one of the best rap albums of all time. It featured classic records such as 'A Milli', 'Lollipop', 'Got Money', and 'Mrs Officer' which were all released as singles and charted in the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. At the time of its release, Lil Wayne was in rare form, his mixtapes were sought after like albums, his feature verses were extraordinary, and his label 'Young Money' was heating up. Everything he touched turned to gold.
For me, the standout track of the album was the last one, number 16, "Dontgetit". The record about 10 mins long has only two verses where Lil Wayne actually raps, the rest is just a stream of consciousness, a monologue in which he speaks about systematic racism, the prison industrial complex and his problems with Al Sharpton. I can remember listening to it for the first time and although being a teenager unable to fully understand what he was talking about, I still felt that as though I was listening to something special. It was almost as if you were a fly on the wall, this record was clearly not rehearsed or intended to be what it came out as.
What has made me appreciate this song is how relevant it is to the world we live in today. Explaining the disproportionate differences in jail time given to black people caused by laws that punish crack dealers in comparison to cocaine dealers. Highlighting that despite it being the same drug, because crack is found mostly in lower-income neighbourhoods it carries a longer prison sentence.
I don't think Lil Wayne gets enough credit for this song, it was an informative and socially conscious record but delivered in his own unique style. Although it is understandable, as his recent comments on the BLM movement and his endorsement of Donald Trump have unfortunately contradicted everything the record is about. So now, I don’t get it!
By: Ade B. ︎