Lil Wayne’s Infamous Album ‘Tha Carter III’ Turns 10, June ’18

10 years ago, Lil Wayne released Tha Carter III and we think it’s still as fun as it was on release.

10 years ago, Lil Wayne released his infamous album Tha Carter III and in our opinion, it’s still as fun as it was on release. This doesn’t mean Tha Carter III has aged well. We admit the fun we refer to is most likely tied up in nostalgia.

If you’ve ever discussed the album among friends, you’ll be aware it polarises hip-hop fans. Purists often describe Tha Carter III as whack, containing only a handful of decent tracks, weak lyrically and features the frailest voice in rap. We get it. These criticism aren’t without merit.

The 20-track album comfortably spent five weeks at the top of the US charts. It was the best selling album of 2008 and eventually achieved triple platinum status.

The project just about swept the rap division at the 51st Grammy Awards. A Milli won Best Rap Solo Performance, Lollipop won Best Rap Song and the album won Best Rap Album.

Lil Wayne wasn’t down with the original mix of Lollipop. Producer Deezle was recruited to beef-up the track with additional drums and a brighter snare sound. Original beat producer, Jim Jonsin, said after the remix that  ‘I kind of felt disrespected, like, why the fuck would you do that?’ Jonsin went on to defend himself, saying ‘I’m an established guy, and you know what my drums sound like. But, Wayne decided to go another route and have Deezle add his stuff to it, and you know, that’s cool. Obviously, the record was a smash, so everyone’s contribution to it was great. I’m thankful for that.

We wonder how Mr. West would have responded to similar treatment? Wayne has mentioned when discussing the album that he had to request West stop sending him beats. Kanye’s enthusiasm for the album forced Wayne to ask West to ‘Slow your roll…’

Despite this, two solid Kanye produced tracks appear on the album, Comfortable and Let the Beat Build.

Tha Carter III was originally released June 10th, 2008, on Cash Money Records.

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