Tha Carter III

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Released in 2008, 18 tracks, 88 min

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QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BEST RAPPER ALIVE? DWAYNE CARTER IS THE ANSWER.

The fuss about the best rapper alive will keep you confused especially with the flock of rap heavyweights steady putting in work for the hip hop culture. You cannot ignore the immense influence that these set of artists seem to have on the industry. The competition keeps soaring with every single, incredible features and more unbelievably, the ‘beefs’ that exist between the contenders. For a rap music fan, you may enjoy a lot of the dabbling into the most popular subject matter of music; love, sex and money, but you tend to appreciate a rapper who can deliver not just that, but beautiful storytelling verses about issues you can relate to. One salient attribute that feeds Lil Wayne all the plaudits he has amassed over time is his active strive to be DIFFERENT. Yes, I had to capitalise that word to project its pertinence in every single, mixtape or album produced by the rap veteran. A lot of other rap artists would find comfort zones from the styles used by 2pac and The Notorious B.I.G. under the veil of idolisation (which is not a bad thing by the way). Lil Wayne comes with a stench of distinction that leaves your mouth ajar with a fusion of confusing but beautiful artistry. You may find out from the opening sessions of the music, you are left to wonder what is going and the next minute, you are all smiles with excitement and the magic from his words just sweep you away with every delivery. Dwayne Carter was the most anticipated headliner from the 2008 Summer Jam Music Festival. When he got on stage, you would expect that his performance would be filled with his hit songs from the first tick of the clock to the last of his set just as Alicia Keys and Kanye West had delivered but he first leaves the crowd muddled up with a solo guitar performance intro which my pet could easily identify as an invalid musical chord. That minute, he was the most terrible guitarist in the world, but you know what, it was an intentional tactic to make you anticipate what would come after that. There was bewilderment in the crowd, but they still had their cameras up and it was rolling for their YouTube clips. The lonesome horrific display of his guitar skills was on for about two and the half minutes of his set time. That totally defines the absolute embodiment of Lil Wayne. He defies stereotypes every time with his strong urge to thrill you with his crazy. For one who can infuse all of these into great, chart-topping, ground-breaking and choral music, I think that crowns him as the best rapper alive then. Tha Carter III unarguably sits and crowns Lil Wayne on the highly contested throne of Rap Dynasty. He made the claim in 2005 after a series of records that he created or featured in. His consistency and pun usage would have you drooling over every track that carried his name but, this album showed more of the genius in him than all of his previous works.

Written by @OlajideTV from Olajide TV
May 17, 2019

Lil Wayne Levels Up With His Classic Tha Carter III

Before he became a household name, Lil Wayne was already a Hip-Hop veteran. That’s not the norm for how things usually happen, but if there is one thing that Lil Wayne isn’t, it’s normal. He was 15 when he and the Hot Boys dropped their debut album and by then, he had already been a signed artist for numerous years. That was already many years after his mother told him he had to focus on school over music which led to a suicide attempt and a gunshot wound in his chest. When his mother eventually saw him putting a gun in his backpack on a school morning, she said that he could be home-schooled and would only be allowed to continue music with straight A’s. He continued to be a straight A student. Even though he was the youngest and most overlooked rapper in that group, he went on to become the most popular member and at 17, he unleashed his debut solo album, Tha Block Is Hot. Lights Out came the following year and 500 Degreez 2 years after that, but things really heated up with his fourth solo LP, Tha Carter, in 2004. At 21, this was the album that marked Wayne coming into his own with a career’s worth of experience. Long before the streaming era cheapened the achievement, it sold a million copies in just a few months and received rave reviews. Next came the smartest move, Tha Carter II. This time, the reviews were even more favourable than the first time around and the album went platinum a month quicker. Today, C2 is considered a classic by most and the start of one of the best runs in Hip-Hop history. Just a week after the album dropped, Lil Wayne and DJ Drama paired up to release The Dedication, a free project of songs over any instrumental that was hot at the time. A few months from then came Dedication 2, another consensus classic. Fans obviously loved the Carter series but those mixtapes had a raw feel to them and focused more closely on the art of rapping. Instead of capitalising off of the success of the tapes with another album, on Halloween 2006 Wayne and Birdman dropped Like Father Like Son and Wayne started doing any and every feature that came along his way, and he was murdered all of them. His feature run around this time is considered one of the best in the genre. Again, playing somewhat of a dangerous game, he released more free music with Da Drought 3 in 2007. Not only was he not putting an album in the stores but he was adding to this idea that Mixtape Wayne was better than him on his albums. But then came the news that he was completing the Carter trilogy and all ears perked up.

Written by @Akaash from Hip-Hop-N-More
Apr 26, 2019

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"Tha Carter III"

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Released

  • Jan 01, 2008

Genres

  • Hip-Hop
  • Rap

Label

  • Cash Money
  • Universal Motown

Producer

  • Birdman (exec.)
  • Ronald "Slim" Williams (exec.)
  • Alchemist
  • Bangladesh
  • Cool & Dre
  • D. Smith
  • David Banner
  • Deezle
  • DJ Nasty & LVM
  • Drew Correa
  • Infamous
  • GX
  • Jim Jonsin
  • Kanye West
  • Maestro
  • Mousa
  • Play-N-Skillz
  • Pro Jay
  • Robin Thicke
  • Rodnae
  • Swizz Beatz
  • Streetrunner
  • T-Pain

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Tha Carter III is the sixth studio album by American rapper Lil Wayne, released on June 10, 2008, by Cash Money and Universal Motown. It follows a long string of mixtape releases and guest appearances on other hip hop and R&B artists records, helping to increase his exposure in the mainstream. Amid release delays and leaks, Tha Carter III became one of the most anticipated releases of 2008. It is widely-regarded as one of Wayne’s best projects, and one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time.
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