He rapped about it (“A Milli”) and now he’s living it.
Lil Wayne moved 1,007,706 copies of Tha Carter III last week to become the first artist to crack that barrier in a single week of sales since 50 Cent. The G-Unit head topped that mark in 2005 with the release of his sophomore set, The Massacre.
Weezy’s opening numbers easily make the rapper the top seller of 2008 so far. Previously Mariah Carey and Usher netted slightly fewer than 500,000 for each of their respective albums. Last year, during his epic SoundScan battle with 50 Cent, Kanye West moved 957,000 copies of Graduation to become king.
But now Lil Wayne mans the throne. His highly anticipated Tha Carter III was released June 10, but the project leaked causing concerns regarding his sales tallies. Like most eagerly awaited rap albums TC3 found itself on the Web and in the streets before its proper release date.
Remarks, however, that the Cash Money star made about DJs caused a firestorm and resulted in several jocks leaking the rapper’s album with no regard. Wayne later dismissed his controversial comments. The rapper appeared on DJ Drama’s Shade 45 show and explained he only meant his harsh words for The Empire, not all DJs.
The Empire later spoke with XXLmag.com and revealed the records he receives and puts out on mixtapes—to the dismay of Wayne and his producers—he obtains from someone close to the rapper.
A week prior to Wayne’s June 10 release date, the rapper’s album made a debut at number 171 on the charts. The album moved a number of copies ahead of its actual proper date. Next up for Wayne is “Tha Carter III tour,” which kicks off June 27.—Jayson Rodriguez