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

Jim Jonsin, co-producer of “Lollipop”: “I was working on ‘Lollipop’ for Danity Kane. I played it for their people, and they weren’t really feeling it, so I took it over to our studio on South Beach, and Static Major was over there. He was a buddy of mine, and he was with a kid named Pleasure P, from the group Pretty Ricky. So, I played the beat and Stat loved it, and right away he started writing to it. I sampled a couple of things from his vocals, like the ‘Call me,’ just rocking on the drum machine. He wrote the top-line melody, and Pleasure helped out with a couple of things. From there, either Static or Pleasure brought it to Wayne, and he cut it. I wasn’t there when he did it, but he put down the chorus and the verses because the B section and the bridge were already there.”

Deezle, co-producer of “Lollipop”: “Static and I were friends already, and another friend called me and said, ‘Hey, Static is in Atlanta and wants to come ride with you and Wayne. Can you introduce him to Wayne?’ I said yes because Static was a really accomplished writer, you know? So he came by, and he and Wayne hit it off immediately. You know, Static was like, ‘Hey man, I really wanna get you on my record that’s about to come out’ and Wayne just hit it immediately. Then Static was like, ‘I have one for you too,’ and that was ‘Lollipop.’ He had the hook, and the beat was done, but it wasn’t the version that you’ve heard. It had different drums and different bass. So they recorded the song, then I saw Wayne’s face and he didn’t look as excited as he should’ve been, because I knew this was going to be a really big song. So I told him, ‘Yo, I’ll take this and spend some time with it and make it what it needs to be.’ Then a couple days later I brought it back after working on it—I basically replaced all the drums—and when I played it for him he was like, ‘Yo, this is my next single.’”

Jim Jonsin: “[Deezle] added some drum programming, some snare rolls and stuff, and changed a few things on there. He also added some weird bass thing that we didn’t like, because we originally had this super-low 808 in there, so when we got to the mix we just put our own drums back in. The thing is, I gave them the demo two-track, and they took the two-track and just decided to add a bunch of stuff to it. I kind of felt disrespected, like, ‘Why the fuck would you do that? I’m an established guy, and you know what my drums sound like.’ But, Wayne decided to go another route and have Deezle add his stuff to it, and you know, that’s cool. Obviously, the record was a smash, so everyone’s contribution to it was great. I’m thankful for that.”

  • 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!