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


David Banner, producer of “La La”: “I’d been hearing that Wayne had been freestyling over my beats. I’d been hearing in the streets that he made compliments about them too, so I was like, ‘That’s definitely someone I’ve been a fan of since he was 12 years old, rapping on Cash Money,’ so I found a way to get to him. I was always amazed by how much of a student of the game he is and how serious he takes the art of rapping. He’s also such a fan of music that when he comes to the studio, he wants to hear all of my beats, not just the beat I have for him. So I’ll play him beats, and he’ll just stand by the speaker. Just stand there, bruh. When I played him ‘La La,’ I told him, ‘Dude, this is a beat I made for Shrek 3.’ Originally, Timbaland, Pharrell and will.i.am were supposed to make a beat for Shrek 3, and they were having a hard time putting those three guys together, so someone at the company called me and said, ‘David, we’re not sure we’re able to get these three people in a studio. We need you to do this beat.’ So, I made that beat for Shrek, then I happened to bump into Wayne. When he heard the beat, he said, ‘Shrek ain’t gonna get this one, buddy.’ He bought the beat on the spot. It was crazy, bruh. He literally snatched the beat from Shrek.”

Brisco, featured artist on “La La”: “When we recorded ‘La La,’ we were in the studio, and it was a packed house. Nicki Minaj was there; everybody was there. When I first heard the beat, it definitely wasn’t your typical Brisco gangsta-jump-out-with-the-choppa-with-no-shoes-on music. It wasn’t that. But, I always try to be innovative and come up with a new approach. So we were just vibing, having fun in the studio, and he came up with that first line, ‘Started out hustlin’, ended up ballin’.’ Then when I heard Wayne’s verse, I was like, ‘Okay, I gotta murder it too.’ Then Busta came in, and you know how animated he is, so he had to jump 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

  • jango boy

    WOW

    LIL WAYNE CANT WALK IN THE SAME HOOD AS
    BIGGIE,NAS,JAY,PAC……

    WTF

  • jango boy

    WHY IM HERE?

  • jango boy

    IF YALL MENTIO YEEZY IN YOUR RAP CONVERSATION

    IMO

  • 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!