Lil Wayne’s ‘Tha Carter III’ Recounted Through Oral History For 5th Anniversary


Is Tha Carter III Lil Wayne’s Best Album To Date? 

StreetRunner: “The thing that everyone needs to understand is that artists grow into what they grow into. I mean, I’m sure Wayne had money coming off Tha Carter II, and I’m pretty sure he could do whatever the fuck he wanted after that, but he kept working. He was hungrier than anybody, and he was really trying to prove something. But, I think once he proved it, he just didn’t feel like he had to prove anything else. He’s still an artist who’s doing whatever the hell he wants to do. I’d also never count somebody like Wayne out, because he’s still so young.”

Dre [Of Cool & Dre]: “I remember when being 35 years old as a rapper, you’d be like, ‘Wow, that’s old.’ But now you got Jay-Z, who’s still relevant at 43, and Wayne is only 30. Wayne is nonstop, and I don’t think he’s done evolving yet. He’s just like Andre [3000]. We’ve watched him evolve, and I think that Wayne is ever-evolving, and I think that the music is always going to get better.”

Jim Jonsin: “I hope it wasn’t [his peak]. I hope he’s got more to come. He’s just gonna have to put the skateboard down and go make music. And come out of the studio and start working with other people—co-write, get humble, chill out.”

Kidd Kidd: “I think it was the best album he dropped. You could listen to that album and still hear the hunger. Not to take anything away from his talent, but on that particular album, you could hear the growth, and you could tell that he was going to be one of the best.”

Play: “It was Wayne’s best album. I don’t know if he’ll ever make an album like that again.”

Infamous: “As long as I’ve known Wayne, and up to the point of Tha Carter III, he was really like an athlete, like it was kind of a competition, and he wanted to solidify himself. He wanted to solidify himself as a respected rapper and a respected MC, and he totally did it with that album. He did it with all the Grammy nominations, and he accomplished being appreciated in the mainstream and by his peers like Jay and all these other rappers who appreciated him for his skill rather than just his commercial ability. And I think once you reach that point, for someone like Wayne who’s been in the music industry since he was 11, you become an artist and you learn to explore new boundaries and new territories. And you know, as a fan you either go along for the ride because you’re emotionally connected to the artist, or you’re just like, ‘This is not what I’m used to.’ But that’s not really what it’s about. I don’t think Wayne has anything else to prove as a rapper. He’s proved to everyone that he can rap; now he’s just trying to be an artist who’s exploring new territory every chance he gets. What more can you do than commend an artist for looking for new avenues?”

Deezle: “I don’t know if he’s reached his full potential yet because he has a lot of talent that the world has yet to see. He’s far more talented than just being a rapper. So maybe he hit a peak with Tha Carter III, but in a mountain range there are a lot of peaks. And a lot of valleys.”

  • BrianRaider

    This Shit Is Dope As Fuck! I Always Love The Articles & Reviews Here But This Is Prolly My Favortie Of 2013 So Far! I Loved The Carter 3! I Would Say It’s One Of His Classics! My Favorite Wayne ALbum Of All Time And I Think Is His Best Is the 1st Carter! You Guys Touched On Some Key Moments Of Making This Album That I Didn’t Realize Or Know! Wayne Is My Favorite Living Rapper! I Grew Up On Lil Wayne! That’s Funny Because We Are The Same Age Basically! Reading This Entire Article Took Me Back To 2008! 2008 Was A Bad Year For Me But There’s Always The Music & Wayne Took It To Another Level. I Remember At The Time I Was Hoping Mannie Or Drumma Boy, Or Timbaland Would Be On There But It Was Stellar Without Them. Drumma Was On A Tirade In 07 & 08 So I Figured Hed Be In There. Shouts Out To Wayne & Stunna For Puttin Out Such Dope Product! But This Article Is Helluva I Really Enjoyed It!

  • Arkitekt702

    Dick riding to its fullest

    • cain45

      hater carter 3 classic

      • Arkitekt702

        Really? Out of all the hip hop albums that were released in 2008, you’re going to say Carter 3 was classic. Shit was real mediocre.

        The Preface, The Renaissance, Pain Language, When Life Gives You Lemons, The Evil Jeanius, Untitled (Nigger), Grey Hairs, Megagraphitti…all shit on that album.

    • Alonzo Boone

      Hating faggot.

  • raytarded

    Carter 3 was amazing but Carter 2 was better! Wayne’s best work so far, classic material!

  • mistah dubs

    always thought why the hype and could not get into it when he was blowing up and in fact kinda felt like why is this catching on? I mean carter 1 and 2 were alright but there was always some other artist out there that was a lot better in 08 it seemed as though I guess mainstream hip hop was at a major loss Wayne is sooo unbelievably overrated its disgusting he tries way too hard to may similes and metaphors that just sound flat out stupid and laughable I admire the grind he put in since that takes a lot of dedication but the work put out was very mediocre Quality >>>>>>>> Quantity the only rapper to record a lot of quality music in a short time frame and leave a true mark by containing substance throughout his music was the ever influential Tupac Shakur most artists who are amongst the greatest flesh over a course of time and sure I guess he improved since I did like what I heard off carter 1 and 2 but he really fell off hard after that he just proves that nowadays any idiot swag rapper can get to the top of the charts with absolutely no creativity and substance nor talent The only dudes in mainstream hip hop right now killing it are Kendrick Lamar and Black Hippy as well as J.Cole, Big KRIT, Kid Cudi and ASAP Rocky and the legends Eminem and Jay as well as the Wu Tang and Kanye at times other than that I don’t know man

    • hussle

      wayne’s best songs can stack up to jay and ems and the wu members best songs.

  • Kizman

    Wayne used to be top 5 (in 2005-08), now he’s not even top 50!

  • jon

    Wayne isn’t even a talented rapper. its why he auto tunes and affects his voice so much. he also has repetitive subject matter, even though he hires a team of fucking GHOST WRITERS. the only all time list he belongs on is most over- rated

    • hussle

      wayne doenst have ghostwriters stop talking out your ass

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  • williambrujan

    Lil Wayne are you fucking serious? You guys dick ride the worse garbage pointless music out there…thats y i hate all this commercial shit cause its fake as shit and brain washing? Comparing Lil Wayne to the greats…Pac would be disgusted!