Following Big Tymers' Hood Rich on up the charts, Lil Wayne's third album tries to trump the big Cash Money hit by ex-labelmate Juvenile (400 Degreez). With the smooth, laid-back productions of Mannie Fresh leading the way for Wayne's drawling delivery, 500 Degreez does just that. Yes, it's a little top-heavy, but the highlights come quickly, with the leadoff (after the intro) "Look at Me" sporting a freakfest vibe along with Fresh's top-flight beats. The whole album's powered by the infectious party hit "Way of Life," building on the rocksteady rhythm of Eric B. & Rakim's "Paid in Full." Even better is "Gangsta Shit," a synth-heavy roller with Petey Pablo besting even Wayne himself on the mic.
Review by John Bush
|2||Look at Me||4:00|
|3||Way of Life||3:59|
|4||Big Tigger Live on the Radio||1:31|
|5||Gangsta and Pimps||4:41|
|8||Big Tigger Live on the Radio||:58|
|10||Where You At||3:50|
|16||Rob Nice Live on the Radio||1:13|
|18||What Does Life Mean to Me||1:25|
|19||Get That Dough||3:38|
|21||Fly Talkin' Go Home||3:20|
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