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Tha Carter III
     

Tha Carter III

2.9 54
by Lil Wayne
 

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How Tha Carter III came to be "the most anticipated rap album of 2008" is a story that involves the usual delays and promises of a masterpiece, plus a whole lot of bullet points that could only exist in the absurd world of Lil Wayne. There's his complete annihilation of the mixtape game, the ridiculous amount of guest shots he granted since Tha Carter II

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How Tha Carter III came to be "the most anticipated rap album of 2008" is a story that involves the usual delays and promises of a masterpiece, plus a whole lot of bullet points that could only exist in the absurd world of Lil Wayne. There's his complete annihilation of the mixtape game, the ridiculous amount of guest shots he granted since Tha Carter II made him a hip-hop superstar, that photograph of him kissing his mentor, Birdman, rumors of addiction to the sizzurp, plus the gargantuan ego and aggravating aloofness (Wayne will ignore all incoming beefs and infuriate challengers even further by offering the lethal "I don't listen to your records"). His "best rapper alive" quote is discussed to death, but if that claim includes creating perfectly crafted full-lengths in a 2Pac style, the evidence won't be found here. Tha Carter III is instead a surprisingly casual album that takes numerous listens to sort out, and only part of a puzzle that is scattered across mixtapes, guest shots, and Internet leaks. Had he included another easy-access single like "Rider" from The Drought Is Over, Pt. 4 -- just one of his mixtape series that made it to a Pt. 5 -- the "classic" argument could be considered, but figuring out what to sacrifice from this high-grade jumble is difficult. It wouldn't be the electro-bumpin' "Lollipop," an infectious track that contains the wonderfully Wayne line "I told her to back it up/Like burp, burp." You certainly wouldn't want to lose key cut "Phone Home," where the maverick adopts an alien voice and drops "I could get your brains for a bargain/Like I bought it from Target." Another Weezy special from way outside the hip-hop universe comes in the striking "Dr. Carter," when the football reference "And you ain't Vince Young/So don't clash with the Titan" dances on a David Axelrod sample and an unexpected jazzy production from Swizz Beatz. Giant meets giant when Jay-Z stops by for the velvet-smooth hangout session "Mr. Carter," and with Babyface laying the stylish swagger all over "Comfortable," Wayne gets the opportunity to convincingly vibe in the land of true class. Just like on Tha Carter II, Robin Thicke ends up the most complementary guest, coating Wayne's post-Katrina tale "Tie My Hands" in warm buttery soul. As the track flows from political commentary ("My whole city's underwater, some people still floatin'/And they wonderin' why black people still votin'/Cuz your President's still chokin'") to despair and onto some moving "keep your head up"-styled verse, it proves Wayne can go deep and connect with his audience if he chooses. You can fault him for not connecting enough on the album and further complicating his unmanageable body of work with this disjointed effort, but Wayne's true masterpiece is the bigger picture and how he's flipped the script since the first Carter rolled out. Filled with bold, entertaining wordplay and plenty of well-executed, left-field ideas, Tha Carter III should be considered as a wild, somewhat difficult child of Weezy's magnum opus in motion, one that allows the listener an exhilarating and unapologetic taste of artistic freedom.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/18/2008
Label:
Cash Money
UPC:
0602517834866
catalogNumber:
001197702
Rank:
9256

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lil Wayne   Primary Artist
Eddie Montilla   Strings,Keyboards
Pro-Jay   Musician
Darius Harrison   Drums
Robin Thicke   Musician
Ludas Charles   Keyboards
Sha Ron Prescott   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

James Scheffer   Composer
Pro-Jay   Producer,Engineer
Sol Marcus   Composer
Gloria Caldwell   Composer
Angelo Aponte   Engineer
Kanye West   Producer,Audio Production
Swizz Beatz   Producer,Audio Production
Julian Vasquez   Engineer
David Banner   Producer,Audio Production
Robin Thicke   Producer
Jim Jonsin   Producer,Audio Production
Play N Skillz   Audio Production
Rodnae   Audio Production
T-Pain   Audio Production
Vaushaun Brooks   Audio Production
Gina Victoria   Engineer
Miguel Scott   Engineer
Andrews Correa   Audio Production
Shondrae "Mr. Bangladesh" Crawford   Audio Production

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Tha Carter III 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
AntiYoungMoney More than 1 year ago
weezy stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
DarthTyranus More than 1 year ago
lil wayne is and always will be the worst rapper alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
PaulReturns More than 1 year ago
lil wayne is the worst rapper alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
HanSoloForever More than 1 year ago
lil wayne is and always will be the worst rapper alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TheHalfBloodPrince More than 1 year ago
lil wayne is the worst rapper alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
NWOBlackAndWhite More than 1 year ago
lil wayne is the worst rapper!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TheHalfBloodPrinceRises More than 1 year ago
lil wayne is the worst rapper alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
FallOutBoySucksForever More than 1 year ago
this album is pure trash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TheTwilightSagaSucks4ever More than 1 year ago
this album proves lil wayne is the worst rapper alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OrionTheCallOfKtulu More than 1 year ago
this album is pure trash and filth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! weezy is the worst rapper alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
CliffBurtonReturns More than 1 year ago
this album is pure trash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TheHalfBloodPrinceReturns More than 1 year ago
lil wayne is the worst rapper alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SMeyerDestroysBooks4ever More than 1 year ago
weezy stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AntiWeezyForever More than 1 year ago
this album stinks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AntiHotBoys4everAntiDrake More than 1 year ago
lil wayne is the worst rapper and worst lyricist alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
weezysucksforever More than 1 year ago
lil wayne is the worst musician on earth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the track, A Milli, the phrase "a milli" is repeated every 2 seconds(literally)
The instruments are very limited and the bass rhythms sound very similar in a lot of the tracks.
The only positive thing i can say about this album is that Lil Wayne can freestyle rap pretty good. Some of his tracks are freestyle parts where he was put on the spot to make up lines.
For me, overall this album was not very good.
I don't think i will listen to it much
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very annyoing and way too uch cussing and people say lil wayne is a christian rapper more like a devil worshipping rapper
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
weezy has done it again setting bad examples to all the younger and older audiences lil wayne never had talent to begin with plus all he ever does is do the same thing lil jon rep[eat curse words way too much and sing about how cool and how rich he is lil wayne aka weezy should have stopped making studio albums or eps oe demos i wish he was never discovered but he was his biggest let down for me was his debut album onwards i actually still own a demo or something with in it but thats it plus i sold it to buy more metal albums and stuff plus metallica and megadeth blow weezy out of the water may metal music live on and well rap and hip hop started passing on during the 90s and early 00s when both pac and biggie passed away was when hip hop and rap started going downhill thru 1998 and 97 and 99 and al thruout the 00s
ButterFreeGodzilla4Life More than 1 year ago
terrible lyrics terrible beats terrible everything lil wayne = the worst of the worst
Suesie More than 1 year ago
are you serious... this garabge is in the running for album of the year?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?.... my faith in music has died as well as my soul.... this is just beyond me... this person does not make music, he makes vomit that you can hear not just smell, but hear... UNBELIEVABLE
Guest More than 1 year ago
First, let me say that I am not or was not a Lil wayne fan. I have never like dude and I have never purchased a Lil Wayne cd. I admit he has been good. But not good enough for me to spend money on a cd. Dufflebag boy caught my attention. Then he was on everything. When I heard Lollipop, I was like okay, I'll at least check the cd out. I heard a couple of tracks and thought it would be a good buy. It is more than that. It is not the same old same old. He has shown growth and creativity. Check out the lyrics on Tie My Hands, featuring Robin Thicke. Okay he is a little weird sometime. Keep in mind, he is an addict. But this cd should be considered a classic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this album stinks end of story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think its a good cd to listen to or bump to