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

Bangladesh, producer of “A Milli”: “Me and Wayne met through a mutual friend, who was signed to Cash Money. When I made the beat for ‘A Milli,’ I was just creating. I heard [the final version] once the business was getting done. I thought it was like a mixtape song, and I think he felt the same way. Like, not having a hook and not being structured in the typical radio structure, that was what stuck out to me. I didn’t really like the song…but I felt like that song was hip-hop. The essence of hip-hop. If you a hip-hop fan, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Like, where it comes from. It was just him rapping, and the beat was like four or five sounds, and it was really open. That’s hip-hop. 808s and bars.”

Infamous: “I remember Drew [Correa, co-producer of 'Mr. Carter'] came to me with some wacky story of this dream he had where he heard, ‘Hey, Mr. Carter…’ He came up with the hook and the concept, but I walked him through like what chords to play and stuff like that. He put the pianos and the drums down as well as some of the strings, then he sent me the record to put bass on it. Then I added some transitions and sent back to him, and he cut the vocals for the hook that night. He hit me up the next day and was like, ‘Dude, it’s done.’ Then we played it for Wayne, and it was just one of those perfect timing situations, you know? He did the intro and gave us a shout out, and we spent the night at the studio watching him record it. Then it came down to the line to get it on Tha Cater III, and I was super nervous about getting Jay on it too. They were always like, ‘We’re gonna get Jay on the song,’ and I’d always heard the song with an empty second verse because I knew they wanted Jay. But I was super stressed. I had no connect to Jay-Z at the time, but an old friend of mine, Stretch Armstrong, was on tour with him and I was calling him to be like, ‘Dude you wouldn’t happen to hear if Jay was gonna stop by the studio tonight would you?’ Random shit. You know, just trying to find out. But yeah, once I heard it, it totally changed my life. My first big album placement had Lil Wayne and Jay-Z on it.”

  • 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!