The other figures in Wayne’s life also pop up, each one helping the viewer to understand another piece of Wayne’s unique world. Brian “Baby” Williams, Wayne’s surrogate father, explains how he wanted to create a better life for them through music, and then makes it evident that the something better has come along when he gives Wayne a Rolls Royce for selling a million records in a week. Manager and longtime friend Cortez Bryant laughs about the duo’s childhood exploits, some of which his Mom still doesn’t know about, then becomes somber when discussing how he can’t ride on the tour bus with his friend anymore, edged out by the ever present syrup.
As the rapper rambles from city to city, toting his suitcase of recording equipment, the camera follows, capturing a man in love with his music, his mind, and his intoxicants. The film offers more questions than it can hope to answer, and may leave those unfamiliar with the artist wondering why everyone from the Jonas Brothers to suburban church kids love him so much. Hip hop fans still debate passionately over whether his music is worth a listen, and no doubt will remain divided on whether The Carter is worth a look.