July 05, 2002
Cash Money
Rap, Dirty South, Southern Rap, Pop

Album Review

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.
John Bush, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Fly Talkin'
  2. Look at Me
  3. Way of Life
  4. Big Tigger Live on the Radio
  5. Gangsta and Pimps
  6. Lovely
  7. Gangsta S***
  8. Big Tigger Live on the Radio
  9. Bloodline
  10. Where You At
  11. Worry Me
  12. 500 Degreez
  13. Go Hard
  14. Young'n Blues
  15. Believe That
  16. Rob Nice Live on the Radio
  17. F*** You
  18. What Does Life Mean to Me
  19. Get That Dough
  20. Fo Sheezy
  21. Fly Talkin' Go Home
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