The pressure's on Weezy for Tha Carter IV to mirror the critical and commercial success of TC3: Since Tha Carter III sold a million copies in one week -- a near-impossible feat in today's music industry -- Wayne released the maligned rap-rock album Rebirth and the stop-gap, still-in-prison EP I Am Not a Human Being, and neither came close to achieving the success of its predecessor. Instead of elevating his game, Wayne appears to be satisfied giving verses to Limp Bizkit and Weezer and counting his fortune. The prison stint didn't dilute Wayne's skills, but he's since surrendered his "Best Rapper Alive" mantle to Kanye West and Eminem, and that's a claim Wayne hopes to retrieve with the next chapter in the Carter saga. Can he do it? Can he match My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy on a critical level? We'll find out May 16th.
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