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 . 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.”