On The Carter II, Wayne more or less does just that, injecting familiar rap tropes (sample chorus: "Get money, fuck bitches, get money, fuck bitches") with his own rhythms. Though his voice is somewhat slight by nature -- nimble and exact, rather than full and forceful -- he handles the busy bombast of "Best Rapper Alive" with the sort of finesse not seen since Jay-Z, circa Vol. 2.
And while many of the sentiments amount to little more than rehashed lifestyle fantasies, there are notable exceptions: On "Get Over," which mourns the death of Weezy's father, his voice is little more than a grisly whisper as he raps, "'Stay strong, be tough,' that's what the preacher tell ya/He never really felt ya, so he can't even help ya/Ya need a shoulder to lean on, somebody to cry to/Standing onstage in front of thousands/Don't amount to not having my father." It's a seductively sad performance from one of the finest hip-hop albums of the year.