Tha Carter III

Tha Carter III

by Lil Wayne


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How Tha Carter III came to be "the most anticipated rap album of 2008" is a story that involves the usual delays and promises of a masterpiece, plus a whole lot of bullet points that could only exist in the absurd world of Lil Wayne. There's his complete annihilation of the mixtape game, the ridiculous amount of guest shots he granted since Tha Carter II made him a hip-hop superstar, that photograph of him kissing his mentor, Birdman, rumors of addiction to the sizzurp, plus the gargantuan ego and aggravating aloofness (Wayne will ignore all incoming beefs and infuriate challengers even further by offering the lethal "I don't listen to your records"). His "best rapper alive" quote is discussed to death, but if that claim includes creating perfectly crafted full-lengths in a 2Pac style, the evidence won't be found here. Tha Carter III is instead a surprisingly casual album that takes numerous listens to sort out, and only part of a puzzle that is scattered across mixtapes, guest shots, and Internet leaks. Had he included another easy-access single like "Rider" from The Drought Is Over, Pt. 4 -- just one of his mixtape series that made it to a Pt. 5 -- the "classic" argument could be considered, but figuring out what to sacrifice from this high-grade jumble is difficult. It wouldn't be the electro-bumpin' "Lollipop," an infectious track that contains the wonderfully Wayne line "I told her to back it up/Like burp, burp." You certainly wouldn't want to lose key cut "Phone Home," where the maverick adopts an alien voice and drops "I could get your brains for a bargain/Like I bought it from Target." Another Weezy special from way outside the hip-hop universe comes in the striking "Dr. Carter," when the football reference "And you ain't Vince Young/So don't clash with the Titan" dances on a David Axelrod sample and an unexpected jazzy production from Swizz Beatz. Giant meets giant when Jay-Z stops by for the velvet-smooth hangout session "Mr. Carter," and with Babyface laying the stylish swagger all over "Comfortable," Wayne gets the opportunity to convincingly vibe in the land of true class. Just like on Tha Carter II, Robin Thicke ends up the most complementary guest, coating Wayne's post-Katrina tale "Tie My Hands" in warm buttery soul. As the track flows from political commentary ("My whole city's underwater, some people still floatin'/And they wonderin' why black people still votin'/Cuz your President's still chokin'") to despair and onto some moving "keep your head up"-styled verse, it proves Wayne can go deep and connect with his audience if he chooses. You can fault him for not connecting enough on the album and further complicating his unmanageable body of work with this disjointed effort, but Wayne's true masterpiece is the bigger picture and how he's flipped the script since the first Carter rolled out. Filled with bold, entertaining wordplay and plenty of well-executed, left-field ideas, Tha Carter III should be considered as a wild, somewhat difficult child of Weezy's magnum opus in motion, one that allows the listener an exhilarating and unapologetic taste of artistic freedom. [Cash Money issued a revised track listing edition in 2008.]

Product Details

Release Date: 08/18/2008
Label: Cash Money
UPC: 0602517834866
catalogNumber: 001197702
Rank: 14347

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lil Wayne   Primary Artist
Eddie Montilla   Strings,Keyboards
Pro-Jay   Musician
Darius Harrison   Drums
Robin Thicke   Musician
Ludas Charles   Keyboards
Sha Ron Prescott   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

James Scheffer   Composer
Pro-Jay   Producer,Engineer
Sol Marcus   Composer
Gloria Caldwell   Composer
Angelo Aponte   Engineer
Kanye West   Producer,Audio Production
Swizz Beatz   Producer,Audio Production
Julian Vasquez   Engineer
David Banner   Producer,Audio Production
Robin Thicke   Producer
Jim Jonsin   Producer,Audio Production
Play N Skillz   Audio Production
Rodnae   Audio Production
T-Pain   Audio Production
Vaushaun Brooks   Audio Production
Gina Victoria   Engineer
Miguel Scott   Engineer
Andrews Correa   Audio Production
Shondrae "Mr. Bangladesh" Crawford   Audio Production

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Tha Carter III 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
AntiYoungMoney More than 1 year ago
weezy stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
DarthTyranus More than 1 year ago
lil wayne is and always will be the worst rapper alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
PaulReturns More than 1 year ago
lil wayne is the worst rapper alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
HanSoloForever More than 1 year ago
lil wayne is and always will be the worst rapper alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TheHalfBloodPrince More than 1 year ago
lil wayne is the worst rapper alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
NWOBlackAndWhite More than 1 year ago
lil wayne is the worst rapper!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TheHalfBloodPrinceRises More than 1 year ago
lil wayne is the worst rapper alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
FallOutBoySucksForever More than 1 year ago
this album is pure trash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TheTwilightSagaSucks4ever More than 1 year ago
this album proves lil wayne is the worst rapper alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OrionTheCallOfKtulu More than 1 year ago
this album is pure trash and filth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! weezy is the worst rapper alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
CliffBurtonReturns More than 1 year ago
this album is pure trash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TheHalfBloodPrinceReturns More than 1 year ago
lil wayne is the worst rapper alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SMeyerDestroysBooks4ever More than 1 year ago
weezy stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AntiWeezyForever More than 1 year ago
this album stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AntiHotBoys4everAntiDrake More than 1 year ago
lil wayne is the worst rapper and worst lyricist alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
weezysucksforever More than 1 year ago
lil wayne is the worst musician on earth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the track, A Milli, the phrase "a milli" is repeated every 2 seconds(literally)
The instruments are very limited and the bass rhythms sound very similar in a lot of the tracks.
The only positive thing i can say about this album is that Lil Wayne can freestyle rap pretty good. Some of his tracks are freestyle parts where he was put on the spot to make up lines.
For me, overall this album was not very good.
I don't think i will listen to it much
maliciousfate More than 1 year ago
I am a devoted Weezy fan, so of course I'm going to tell you how amazing this cd is. It's the type of cd with a head bopping-finger tapping beat as well as meaningful and deep lyrics. I waited until 12am the day this came out to buy it, and it was definitely worth it! :]
AliEn_StraNger More than 1 year ago
funny how he says he is the best rapper alive when he is probally the worst, why does he always sound like he is just talking unrelated non-sense over beats. granted the music is ok on this one becuase of the people he has making the sounds for him but Lil wayne as a rapper like listening to nails on a chalk board.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lil Wayne rep should say alot for itself, i respect the album it did more than i thought it would actually. Every track had its own craze but nothing that really different. You hear in the album that Wayne still lacks &amp quot Real Artist&amp quot talent. He still needs assitants w/an artist of needs to be feature on a song. He lacks the strength of making a full song let alone cd on his own. He lack the endurance...he needs that lyrical exercise lol tell him to holla @ J
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very annyoing and way too uch cussing and people say lil wayne is a christian rapper more like a devil worshipping rapper
Guest More than 1 year ago
The good thing about this album is that the intro for the album sounded like the underground mixtape lil wayne that we have been hearing for the past year. Came out great second track even better with the great Jay-z. The third track was ofcourse very well done talking about money like he always does. But the rest of the album as it progresses gets very melo which there is nothing wrong with that but a couple of the tracks sound the same not with the same material or lyrics just the melo beats that he has going.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First, let me say that I am not or was not a Lil wayne fan. I have never like dude and I have never purchased a Lil Wayne cd. I admit he has been good. But not good enough for me to spend money on a cd. Dufflebag boy caught my attention. Then he was on everything. When I heard Lollipop, I was like okay, I'll at least check the cd out. I heard a couple of tracks and thought it would be a good buy. It is more than that. It is not the same old same old. He has shown growth and creativity. Check out the lyrics on Tie My Hands, featuring Robin Thicke. Okay he is a little weird sometime. Keep in mind, he is an addict. But this cd should be considered a classic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this album stinks end of story